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Pella Couple Gets Engaged During Tulip Time

PELLA, Iowa — Tulip Time was a special time for one Pella couple who got engaged during traditional street scrubbing.

Shannon Fynaardt and Kyle De Bruin’s love for each other blossomed from a message on dating app Bumble and an impromptu meet up.

“So he came over and killed a bat for me and we just stayed up and talked all night,” Fynaardt said.

She said from that moment on, she knew they were meant to be together and he would do everything with her, including dressing up in Dutch costumes at Tulip Time.

“My family is a huge part of this community and this community means a lot to me, so Tulip Time is always one of our favorite parts of the year. It’s springtime and we just love it,” Fynaardt said.

What Fynaardt said she didn’t know is just how special this particular festival would be for them as a couple.

Here’s how the special moment unfolded.

Town Crier: “Stop your scrubbing for a moment. Kyle has something to say.”

Kyle De Bruin: “Shannon, you’re one of the greatest gifts that God has ever given me. And you’re my best friend and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you. Shannon, will you marry me?”

Shannon Fynaardt: “Yes!”

They say the moment was perfect and didn’t expect the video of their magical proposal to go viral.

“I was in shock. I was like oh my goodness it’s happening. I was just really excited,” Fynaardt said.

De Bruin said he had the ring for a while, but he wanted to wait until spring for the special proposal.

“We both came from broken engagements, and we talked about things we did and didn’t want and had very long conversations about that. I knew it was important to have her family there and pictures and friends so I guess Tulip Time, there was no better time,” De Bruin said.

The couple said they plan to get married this August.

Pella is Ready For Annual Tulip Time Festival

PELLA, Iowa – People can see thousands of different flowers at Pella’s annual Tulip Time.

Tulip Time Steering Committee Member Cyndi Atkins said over 350,000 flowers are on display.

The community holds the festival every year to celebrate its Dutch heritage and show off the beautiful blooms.

The festival begins Thursday morning and runs through Saturday. People can schedule city tours, watch a garden show, see traditional Dutch dancing, eat traditional foods and more.

Click here for a full schedule at the 2019 Pella Tulip Time.

Tulips in Bloom in Pella Ahead of Annual Celebrations

PELLA, Iowa — In Pella, there are lots of people. The first clue: parking hard to find around the square.

“[It’s] beautiful. Everybody’s coming up and down Washington Street. There’s lots of flowers. Every house has them. They’re all blooming at the same time,” said Merle McAlvey of Omaha.

Visitors to Pella said they appreciate the maps with bloom updates.

“My cousin and I we were planning on coming next week, but we checked the bloom schedule which it showed they were blooming now, so we changed our plans,” said Penny Sund of Cedar Falls.

“We looked at the map and it said the flowers are blooming now, so this is the weekend we come,” said McAlvey.

For some visitors, the trip to Pella is a special occasion. Annette Baldwin, who lives in the Chicago area now, said she hasn’t been to Pella in 40 years. But her high school friends brought her back to enjoy the occasion.

Baldwin said she was able to relive childhood memories from long ago trips to Pella.

“I can still see them. I can still see myself in that car looking down at all the tulips right along the parkways and the entry in town and holding our breath,” said Baldwin. “I applaud the community, the citizens and the town government for continuing this spectacular festival. Thank you for making it possible.”

If you are still planning to come to Tulip Time, some beds have yet to bloom.

The 84th annual Tulip Time celebration goes from May 2-4. Visit this website to learn more information about the activities going on during the festival.

Tulips Blooming in Pella Ahead of Annual Celebrations

PELLA, Iowa — In Pella, there are lots of people. The first clue: parking hard to find around the square.

“[It’s] beautiful. Everybody’s coming up and down Washington Street. There’s lots of flowers. Every house has them. They’re all blooming at the same time,” said Merle McAlvey of Omaha.

Visitors to Pella said they appreciate the maps with bloom updates.

“My cousin and I we were planning on coming next week, but we checked the bloom schedule which it showed they were blooming now, so we changed our plans,” said Penny Sund of Cedar Falls.

“We looked at the map and it said the flowers are blooming now, so this is the weekend we come,” said McAlvey.

For some visitors, the trip to Pella is a special occasion. Annette Baldwin, who lives in the Chicago area now, said she hasn’t been to Pella in 40 years. But her high school friends brought her back to enjoy the occasion.

Baldwin said she was able to relive childhood memories from long ago trips to Pella.

“I can still see them. I can still see myself in that car looking down at all the tulips right along the parkways and the entry in town and holding our breath,” said Baldwin. “I applaud the community, the citizens and the town government for continuing this spectacular festival. Thank you for making it possible.”

If you are still planning to come to Tulip Time, some beds have yet to bloom.

The 84th annual Tulip Time celebration goes from May 2-4. Visit this website to learn more information about the activities going on during the festival.

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