Police recover big shoes taken ahead of Tulip Time festival
HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Two pairs of oversized wooden shoes displayed as part of an art competition that were stolen ahead of the annual Tulip Time Festival in Michigan have been recovered by police.
The Tulip Time Festival announced online Friday morning that the shoes will be repaired and put back on display.
Artists decorated 45 big pairs of the traditional Dutch clogs called klompen for the “Klompen Garden” public art event in Holland and the shoes were on display outdoors. The festival officially starts Saturday, but workers on Thursday noticed two pairs missing from Centennial Park.
The clogs are nearly 3 feet (0.9 meters) long and 1 foot (0.3 meters) wide. The western Michigan city of Holland is known for its Dutch heritage and the festival is a big tourist attraction.