HOLLAND, Mich. - The thieves who swiped two pairs of wooden shoes from Tulip Time won't be serving any time or paying any fees -- instead they'll be volunteering. 

According to the Holland Department of Public Safety, Tulip Time officials did not press charges. They instead, agreed the people responsible would do volunteer time -- but it was not clear if they would be volunteer at Tulip Time. 

Just last week, two pairs of the wooden shoes were swiped from the Klompen Garden shoe competition at Centennial Park. Both pairs of shoes were returned, although slightly damaged. The artist needed to do some repairs and then the shoes were returned. 

Tulip Time's Executive Director Gwen Auwerda said in a statement, the festival was more concerned with finding the shoes and returning the shoes to their respective places for public enjoyment versus prosecuting them.

Despite all the mishap, the contest is still ongoing and you can vote on Facebook by liking the original image of your favorite artwork. Each like is one vote. 

Forty-five artists made over-sized wooden shoes for the festival to be shown in city parks and tulip beds throughout the downtown Holland area this year.


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