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Oversized wooden shoes stolen ahead of Tulip Time festival have been recovered

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Two pairs of oversized "klompen" were stolen from the Tulip Time Fesitval.

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.

Update, 11:50 a.m.:

The Associated Press reports that the shoes have been recovered by police. 

Original Post, 9:44 a.m.:

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 (0.9 meters) long and 1 foot (0.3 meters) wide. The Holland Sentinel reports they were secured in the ground with steel stakes.

Officials are hopeful the shoes will be returned. Holland is known for its Dutch heritage and the annual Tulip Time festival is a big tourist attraction.

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