Not much. Our small town is typically described as "a hole in the ground filled with farmers" and because there is larger city with the same name, most people assume all news from our town is about the other Hengelo. Our town is older by the way, stupid city Hengelo stole our name and now we're known as "the other Hengelo" :(
Hengelo is known for events related to horses and motorbikes. Two out of three statues in the town centre are related to these types of events. I guess we just like fast thing you can ride on? There is the Varsselring motorrace in June, which goes right through town. The one with the oldtimers attracts a lot of people as well. Other than that there is the now yearly re-enactment of The Battle of Achterhoek (good luck pronouning it if you don't speak Dutch :P ).
We have one museum filled with things from WWII. It's actually my former neighbour's collection. There used to be parts of a submarine in his front yard. Some people thought it was modern art.
Other things Hengelo is known for:
-Quick sportshoes. It was one of the big brands in the first half of the 20th century. The original company is gone, but the started it up again someplace else.
-Rockband "Normaal" sings about Hengelo in several songs of which "Oerend Hard" is the most famous.
-There is a small forest nearby, but for some reason it's called "'t Zand" (The Sand)
We're part of Bronkhorst, which is the smallest place city in the Netherlands. It's like a cute little RPG town and only 150 people live there, while Hengelo currently has 3500 citizens.
Now, if you want a really big event, one of the biggest events in the Netherlands, a 30-minute drive is enough to get there from Hengelo. De Zwarte Cross
. It's started out as a small illegal motorrace, but now it's a huge event attracting over 100.000 visitors each year. It's all about races (often on very silly vehicles), beer and (hard)rock.