Tulip Queen & Court


Nominations for the 2023 Tulip Queen and Court are now open!

Every September, the process to select next year’s Tulip Queen and Court begins with nominating candidates you feel would be good representatives of Pella and Tulip Time.  Please take time to consider who you know that you can nominate, and don’t limit your nominees by whom you think might want to participate. We will give all nominees detailed information about the process and the responsibilities should they be nominated. 


The honor of being a Tulip Queen and Court member is a lifetime experience that past members find to be one of the best moments of their younger life! Please nominate anyone you believe should consider the opportunity. 


You can nominate by printing the ballot at the button below and dropping it off at the Historical Village gift shop, Fareway, HyVee, or Marion County Bank. New this year, you can also nominate someone online at the button below.


All nominations are due by 4:30 pm on Tuesday, September 27.

The Pella Tulip Time Royal Court is the ambassador for Pella's Tulip Festival. The Court consists of the Tulip Queen and her four attendants. The Queen also chooses two pages and two attendants to join the Court during the festival in May.

How are the Queen and Court chosen?

Senior girls from the community are nominated by Pella residents, followed by a town-wide vote to select the top twelve finalists. The candidates prepare for a night of interviewing and presentations before 30 judges. Each candidate first interviews with the judges in small groups. Next is the public performance, where each finalist gives a presentation of a talent or interest that depicts her personality. She will also be interviewed by the evening’s Master of Ceremonies. After the tallying of ballots from both the interviews and the public performances, the Tulip Queen and Court are announced.


What do the Queen and Court do?

Working with a committee affectionately known as the "Court Moms," the Queen and Court prepare a program and hone their interviewing skills throughout the winter. In the spring, they make approximately thirty appearances to promote Pella’s Tulip Festival. This includes the Capitol, local media stations, civic organizations, and more. The pinnacle of their reign is hosting thousands of tourists at the May festival. Additionally, after hosting the Orange City Royal Court in Pella, the Pella Court then travels to Orange City, Iowa, two weeks later to enjoy our sister town’s festival.


Why participate? 

Participants in the Tulip Time Royal Court grow in many ways. The young women grow in leadership, communication and organizational skills, public speaking, relationship-building, and much more. All of these skills are beneficial throughout their lives! Additionally, being a part of the Court gives members a deeper appreciation for their town, their families, and their heritage.