September 28 2015
Marinus joined the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in 1983, before there was even a festival! He was part of the initial group of local leaders who thought a festival celebrating spring was just the thing for the beautiful Skagit Valley. It has grown from a two-day event to a 10-day event to a month-long festival, with his guidance, leadership, and advice all along the way.
The International Festival and Events Association involves civic and private organizations around the world bringing people together to celebrate. commemorate, and just have fun together and the Festival is an active member. This recognition for Marinus and for our festival mean a lot to each of us involved and is a tribute, as well, to the thousands of visitors who take time each year to celebrate spring with us.
Read more about Marinus and IFEA here: http://files.ifea.com/Awards/IFEA-Zambelli-VolunteeroftheYear-2015-MarinusRouw.pdf