The first weekend in May the residents of Fulton celebrate their Dutch heritage.The first permanent Dutch settler arrived at what was to become the City of Fulton in 1835.
It has never been explained why so many Holland immigrants were attracted to this small Midwestern area. The Dutch came in small numbers at first. In 1872 there were only 59 families. This grew to 198 families in only 19 years. Nearly all of these immigrants were members of the Dutch Reformed Church. The editorial comment at the time was that they made industrious, law-abiding citizens. An unknown local reporter wrote: "Their great fortune then was that they were all about evenly poor." The number of immigrants decreased gradually until after World War II when a small number of families came over.
In1974 the Community Christian School Auxiliary organized the first authentic Dutch Dinner. From this, the entire festival has developed.