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Auctioneer sells items from Dutch theme park

September 16, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Nelis' Dutch Village castle entrance
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As part of the renovation plan for a Dutch theme park in the region, items from the attraction's site will be auctioned next week.

Nelis’ Dutch Village in Holland is using the online auction to sell extra assets and equipment.

The one-day auction takes place Tuesday at, which is part of Byron Center-based Miedema Asset Management Group.

Items will be available for preview on Monday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the day of the auction, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A range of items will be included in the auction: kitchen and restaurant equipment; tables; seating; Dutch-themed furniture; farm equipment; maintenance and grounds equipment; and office furniture.

“Although many local people enjoyed a nice meal in the former Queen’s Inn Restaurant and appreciated a detailed wash at the former Superior Auto Wash, their time has passed, and it is necessary to move forward with the future of the corner,” said Joseph Nelis, president, Nelis' Dutch Village. “We love the castle-like entrance towers as much as anyone, and it is our hope that by including them in the auction, perhaps a creative solution can be found to preserving them.”

Nelis’ Dutch Village

Established in 1958 as a tulip bulb and Dutch souvenir retailer, Nelis’ Dutch Village has since turned into a 10-acre attraction, including Dutch architecture, craft demonstrations and entertainment, such as the Dutch Klompen dancers, Golden Angel Amsterdam Street Organ, Wooden Shoe Mini-Zipline and Harry’s Windmill Ride.

Renovations at the site will include a new entrance and parking lot, new signage and updated landscaping.

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