Omroep Flevoland – News – King’s Day in Flevoland: the stalls in Tollebeek are already sold out

King’s Day is also celebrated in Tulipek. The ceremony began at 10:00 am with a speech by the village chief. After that, rugs soon appeared on the free market. “We are now between the free market and the Boerendarts,” says Joost Swart of the Tollebeek Celebration Committee. Most of the stalls are already sold out.

In Farm Darts, participants have to throw a pitchfork into a pile of hay bales. “It’s just not the thing,” says Joost Swart of the Tulipek Party Committee. It was last done ten years ago. “We don’t have it every year.” Swart expects about a hundred people to attend the game.

Free Kids’ Market: You can find it at a couple of places in Almere, including Lumiere Park in Almere Stadt. There is a real game palace in the park. “We have balls to toss, a grab bag and something with a bucket in it,” says one young salesperson. Whoever succeeds in tossing a coin into the glass gets double the amount. A number of girls sell beads, earrings, and other jewelry. They made it themselves and it took about two days. “We’ve already sold a lot,” says one. “We have about 17 euros or something.”

In Dronten, King’s Day gets a lot of music in at Meerpaalplein and Havenplein. From 12.15 p.m., different dance groups and artists are on stage, says Rod Gillen of De Meerpaal. According to him, there is something for everyone in the program.

King’s Day is celebrated in Biddinghuizen in a special way: with noisy engines and a large crowd. The Autocross De Flintstones Association was finally able to hold its traditional competitions again this year. The association has been around for 50 years this year, and that should be celebrated. About sixty races are held throughout the day. And there was a lot of enthusiasm for it, says Chairman Pepin Dejuis. “Registration was full within a week.”

Crossing is also performed at Ens today. This year’s JOEK autocross will be carrying a King’s Day cross for the 38th time. Just after 11:30, the first roar can be heard: the little ones have started the event. Participants come from all over Boulder, says Kai Robbs of JOEK autocross. The event continues until the end of the afternoon. “Then it’s beer time.”

Mayor Gerrit Jan Gorter van Zeewold drove to the event site in Zeewolde in a carriage with decorated people. Reporter Yannick Van De Wu spoke there with Gert Jan Lutgens of Orange Freezing Zewold about the local King’s Day. “People seem to have been hoarding their stuff for three years,” Lutjens says. “We don’t have a floor at the event site, but otherwise it would have been full.” There are clothes everywhere. “The center is also almost full,” Lutgens says, laughing.

Aubade is held in Urk on King’s Day at 10:00 AM. The town hall square is still empty, but King’s Day’s Ati Eddink is hoping that many more people will come soon. Final preparations are still in progress. “Aubade is very important in Urk. Urk is very royal. It is an ode to a kind of courtesy. During Aubade we honor the king through the mayor.” Next, a “choux ball” is held, during which the mayor addresses the decorated balls. There are also many other activities, such as castle jumping in Wilhelmina Park and high heels running.

At about eight in the morning, the first customers stood in front of the still-closed door of Tetima’s bakery in Swifterpant. And today it does not sell bread, it sells only orange delicacies. “Orange choux, orange slippers, and of course orange coarse slippers, of course,” says Michiel Tietema. “We have to make everything fresh, so we started tonight. Of course we made some preparations in the previous days, but the main thing was made last night.” He expects to be able to sell about 2,500 cooks in the village today.

There’s a full program today at Swifterbant, says Lisa Stovelar of the King’s Day Organizing Committee. There is, of course, a free market, but there is also a rubber castle, games and performances, for example, line dancing and judo. “So we had a nice party again.” Shortly after nine in the morning, the flag was raised in the village to serve as the first gun for King’s Day.

Although there was still a small electrical problem, almost everything was ready at the stroopwafel Buurman en Buurman booth in Zeewolde. For the 30th time, the booth will be close to the event site on King’s Day. Thorben Buitink himself has been on the kiosk for about 9 years. Early this morning he left Hellendoorn for Zeewolde. “It’s exhausting, we have to take a lot of trade with us, but it’s really cool. This is my best day of the year,” Buitink says. Together with his family, sister, father and mother standing on the “bridge”. Buitink started when he was fifteen years old. “People here often say ‘So glad you’re back.’ I love it.”

King’s Day is widely celebrated at Oslostraat in Almere Buiten. The Philadelphia Living Foundation organizes King’s Market. One resident plays music, another resident does face painting and all kinds of things are also sold. Residents want to pay for their dream trip to Disneyland with proceeds from activities. “We’ve already raised 300 euros since last night,” says Danielle Borneo. “For three years now, residents have been saying they wanted to go to Disneyland. Then we said, ‘Now it’s corona time, it’s time for something fun.'” About 14,000 euros are still needed for the trip. “We want to go to Paris with 22 residents and 11 colleagues. So we hope to get a good deal today.”

In Emilylord early in the morning, the necessary people wandered into the duty-free market. Linda Taken of the Emmeloord Promotion Foundation (StEP) said she’s happy to be able to be back again: For the first time in three years, the normal King’s Day can be celebrated again. StEP only learned a month ago that they were allowed to organize King’s Day. “It was a short day, but with Oranjefeest, Aubade, Koningskermis and Vrijmarkt, we can have a nice day,” says Takken.

Despite it being early this morning, there was a lot of fun in Lelystad. “The weather is really good,” says Thom Laagkemper of King’s Day in Lelystad. The Orange Committee has done a lot of work to make King’s Day a memorable one. Laagkemper looks around with relief and sees that much of the attic has been removed for the sake of the free market.

Whoever says King’s Day also says free market. The duty-free shops in Almere and Lelystad always start the day before. They were released at 5 pm. The first people were ready at 12:00 on a Tuesday with rugs and tables to get a good spot.

Police in Lelystad reported a quiet king’s night and praised “nice people in the street”. Horecapleintje was arrested: a 29-year-old resident of Lelystad, according to the police, could not stand the drink and started a fight. He went to the office.

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