Oak Harbor’s 44th Annual Holland Happenings April 26-28

It won’t be long before the click-clack of authentic Dutch Klompen will be heard, as Oak Harbor prepares to celebrate its 44th annual Holland Happening.

The aptly named festival, which pays homage to Oak Harbor’s Dutch heritage, will take place April 26 through 28, and will feature a carnival, street fair, international entertainment stage, klompen canal race and much more. Full size klompen (wooden shoes) can be purchased at the street fair, commemorative ceramic tiles will be available for collectors and there will also be tulips, T-shirts and sweatshirts for purchase.

One of the main events, the People’s Bank grand parade, will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27 and will follow a route along Pioneer Way, Bayshore Drive and back to Pioneer Way. Live entertainment begins at noon Saturday on the Whidbey Seatac Shuttle International Stage and will continue until 7 p.m. that evening and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.  The street fair on Pioneer Way, sponsored by Homeplace, will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Another attraction Sunday is the ever popular Klompen Canal Race at 2 p.m. This year’s race is sponsored by Toppins and Deception Pass Tours and features decorated mini klompen racing down a waterway to the finish line. Mini klompen, tiles, T-shirts, sweatshirts and carnival tickets are currently available at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, 32630 SR 20, in Oak Harbor. Call 360-675-3755 for information.