Tulip Time fest to try again to break dancing record

Associated Press

Holland — The Tulip Time festival in the city of Holland is trying again to break a record for dancing in wooden shoes after an attempt last year fell short.

This year’s attempt is set to take place May 14 at Kollen Park in Holland. Festival organizers want to set a record for the largest number of people dancing simultaneously in wooden shoes.

The record stands at about 2,600 people, The Holland Sentinel reported. Organizers said about 1,700 people turned out for the attempt to break the record at last year’s festival.

The city is known for its Dutch heritage.

“It’s outrageous that somewhere other than Holland, Michigan, would hold this current record,” said Gwen Auwerda, Tulip Time executive director. “We hope others match our sentiment that it’s a matter of local pride to now break the record.”

Those interested in participating must sign up at the festival’s website for $6. Participants must also be able to dance for five minutes straight, learn a dance for the attempt and wear wooden shoes.

The attempt is being held in partnership with Bethan Christian Services, an adoption support agency. About $30,000 was raised for post-adoption services in last year’s attempt.

The Tulip Time festival will be held May 7-14.