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Ephraim’s Fyr Bal Festival pays tribute to Nordic heritage

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EPHRAIM — Ephraim pays tribute to its Norwegian heritage with one of the biggest festivals of the early summer season in Door County.

The event runs from Friday, June 17, 2016 through Sunday, June 19, 2016.

The annual Fyr Bal Festival (pronounced feer ball) re-creates traditions of early Norwegians celebrating Midsummer’s Eve, according to the Ephraim website HERE.

Artists, food, musical entertainment and family activities along the picturesque shoreline of Eagle Harbor welcome the arrival of summer.

Hop on the trolley or stroll through the village and visit the many historic landmarks, shops, galleries and restaurants for which Ephraim is well-known.

A signature Fyr Bal event, evening bonfires represent the burning of the ‘Winter Witch’ and usher in the long days of summer. Fireworks complete a perfect day. Stay and enjoy the hospitality of our many lodging accommodations.

A warm Scandinavian welcome awaits you in Ephraim any time of the year, but especially so during Fyr Bal Festival.

Here’s the complete schedule from the Ephraim website HERE.

2016 Fyr Bal Schedule of Events

Friday, June 17, 2016

10:30 a.m. – Free Historic Walking Tour, Depart Anderson Barn History Center

11am-4pm – Ephraim Culture Day – Bethany Lutheran Church, Ephraim Firehouse Museum, Ephraim Historical Foundation, and Ephraim Moravian Church are Open and Free to the Public!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

7:30-10:30am – Pancake Breakfast by the Ephraim Yacht Club, Village Hall

7:30-8:30am – Sunrise Yoga– with the Spa at Sacred Grounds, Anderson Dock (7:15am registration, Free)

9am-4pm – Chieftain’s Cup Golf Tournament, Peninsula State Park Golf Course (Register online, http://www.peninsulagolf.org)

8:30am-2pm – Used Book Sale, Outside Ephraim Public Library

8:45-9:45am – Yoga– with the Spa at Sacred Grounds, Anderson Dock (8:30am registration, Free)

9am-5pm –Summerwind Alpacas, Visitor Information Center

9am-6pm – Artisan Market, Harborside Park

9am-6pm – Heritage Lawn and Table Games – with the Ephraim Historical Foundation, Harborside Park

9am-9pm – DJ Tim Byers, Outside Village Hall

10am – Ephraim Yacht Club Fyr Bal Regatta, Eagle Harbor

10-10:30am – Wilson’s Ice Cream Eating Contest, Outside Wilson’s

10-2pm – Ephraim Yacht Club Open House for Prospective Members

10am-4pm – Wooden Shoe Carving Demonstrations, Harborside Park Gazebo

10am-5pm – Free Trolley Rides – Wave and trolley will stop! Park at Fine Line Designs (north) and Wetlands Preserve (south)

10am-10pm – Family Fun at Red Putter Mini Golf, $3 for everyone, children under 6 free!

11:00am-1:00pm – Midsommar Craft – with the Hardy Gallery, Village Hall

11:30am-1:30pm – Family Fun – Cake Walk – with Eagle Harbor Inn, Outside Village Hall

11:30am-2pm – Music – D’ Arez, sponsored by Thomas M Schuder SC and Somerset Inn & Suites, Observation Pier

12:30-3:30pm – Face Painting with Nicolet National Bank, Ephraim Shores Resort lawn

1-2pm – Children’s Entertainer Randy Peterson, Ephraim Shores Resort lawn

2-3:30pm – Door County Sled Dogs Meet N’ Greet, Across from Village Hall

2-4pm – Tie-Dye T-Shirts, $10 with the Hardy Gallery, Ephraim Shores Resort Lawn

2:30-5pm – Music – Last Man Standing, Observation Pier

4-4:30pm – Cherry Pie Eating Contest – sponsored by Seaquist Orchards and judged by Lisa Malak and Millaine Wells, hosts of Local 5 Live on WFRV-TV, Outside Village Hall

5:30-8pm – Music – Tommy Bentz Band, Observation Pier

7-9:30pm – Late Eats, Olson Park

7:30pm – Fur Bal Pet Parade, Meet at Harborside Park at 7:15

8pm – $1,000 Cash Grand Prize Raffle Drawing and Scandinavian Dancers & Singers, Outside Village Hall

8:30pm – 52nd Annual Chieftain Ceremony and Bonfire Lighting, Outside Village Hall – Chieftain medallion by Cynthia Koshalek, Artzy Studio

Sunset (9:30pm) – Fireworks over Eagle Harbor. Featuring the “Fire Ball” firework!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Area Church Services: 9:30am Bethany Lutheran, 10am Ephraim Moravian, 10am UU Fellowship

10am-10pm – Family Fun at Red Putter Mini Golf, $3 for everyone, children under 6 free!

7:30pm – Fyr Bal Sunday Family SingAlong, Village Hall

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