HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — The Tulip Time Festival in western Michigan needs to raise $1 million to stem losses from this year’s canceled event due to the coronavirus outbreak. Festival organizers have created a GoFundMe page for donations. When the festival was canceled, there were $400,000 requested in ticket refunds. Tulip Time only had $180,000 available in cash. The festival director says says Tulip Time is a vital part of the community and needs to continue its 90-year tradition. She’s hopeful the money can be raised. The nonprofit says it could will run out of money in August if they don’t receive further financial help.
HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Western Michigan’s Holland usually attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year to see the city’s tulips. Officials are asking them not to -- for now -- as part of efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Mayor Nathan Bocks asks visitors Tuesday in a city-produced video “please do not come to Holland to see the tulips this year.” Full blooms in some of Holland’s tulip beds are expected by May 1. The Holland Sentinel reports that Bocks said in a news release that the city looks forward to “welcoming visitors back to Holland soon and certainly to enjoy the tulips in 2021.”