UPDATE: The search for two pairs of oversized wooden shoes in Holland has ended. The shoes were recovered by Holland Police Thursday night in time for Tulip Time this weekend.
ORIGINAL STORY – HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) – Two pairs of oversized wooden shoes that were displayed as part of an art competition for the annual Tulip Time Festival in Michigan have been stolen.
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 were missing from Centennial Park.
The clogs are nearly 3 feet long and 1 foot wide. The Holland Sentinel reports they were secured in the ground with steel stakes.
Officials are hopeful the shoes will be returned. The western Michigan city of Holland is known for its Dutch heritage and the annual Tulip Time festival is a big tourist attraction.