EPHRAIM, WI (June 13, 2016) – Ephraim celebrates its 52nd Annual Fyr Bal Festival on Saturday, June 18. Steeped in Scandinavian tradition, Fyr Bal (pronounced feer ball) is Norwegian for bonfire. The festival re-creates customs of early Scandinavian settlers celebrating the Summer Solstice. Evening bonfires along the shoreline symbolize the burning of the winter witch and welcome the arrival of summer. A spectacular fireworks show caps the day around 9:30pm.
Ephraim's 52 nd Annual Fyr Bal Festival Saturday, June 18
New this year is the Chieftain's Cup Golf Tournament at the Short Course at Peninsula Golf Course. The overall winner will be the first to have his or her name engraved on the "Chieftain's Cup", presented at the Chieftain's Ceremony. The tournament is open to players of all ages and is only $15 for adults and $9 for juniors (17 & under).
Start your day off with sunrise yoga on Anderson Dock. The Spa at Sacred Grounds will host two sessions, one from 7:30-8:30am and another from 8:45-9:45am. The sessions are free but participants are encouraged to bring their own mats. Afterwards head over to the Ephraim Village Hall for the annual Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Ephraim Yacht Club. This is just the first of many food choices available throughout the day. From brats and potato spirals to Norwegian food selections there is something for everyone. If you are looking for a sweet treat then sign up for Wilson's Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor's Ice Cream Eating Contest! It will be held outside Wilson's at 10:00am.
Seaquist Orchards is also taking part in this year's festival by sponsoring the Door County Cherry Pie Eating Contest. Meet at 4:00pm on the main stage outside the Ephraim Village Hall to take part in a truly memorable and tasty time. Adding to the excitement will be the emcees for the contest, Lisa Malak and Millaine Wells, hosts of Local 5 Live on WFRV-TV.
To showcase Ephraim's Norwegian heritage, the wooden shoe carver Luke Traver will make an appearance and provide wooden shoe carving demonstrations in the Harborside Park gazebo located in the heart of the Artisan Market. Also, the traditional "Viking Boat" will be easy to spot along the waterfront and will make for a great photo opportunity.
Enjoy live music throughout the afternoon and into the evening hours as bands perform on the observation pier across from the Ephraim Village Hall. D' Arez will kick off this entertainment at 11:30am and play until 2:00pm, then Last Man Standing will take the stage from 2:30-5:00pm, followed by Tommy Bentz Band from 5:30-8:00pm. After breaking for the Chieftain Ceremony, Tommy Bentz Band will resume until it's time for the fireworks.
Little ones will enjoy a variety of kids' activities and crafts including a cake walk, tie-dye t-shirts, "witch craft", and face painting. Children's entertainer Randy Peterson will perform on the Ephraim Shores Resort lawn from 1:00-2:00pm. Watch for the Door County Sled Dogs around 2:00pm, as their bus pulls in across from the Ephraim Village Hall.
Pets take center stage during the 9th Annual Fur Bal Pet Parade, which begins at 7:30pm just before the Chieftain Ceremony. All pets are welcome so bring your furry, feathered, scaly, and slithery friends for a proud march down the highway. Spectators may watch along Highway 42 between Harborside Park and the Chef's Hat. Animals must be at the Firehouse Dock by 7:15pm and be leashed and controlled.
Fyr Bal raffle tickets are on sale now and will also be available at the main tent on Fyr Bal Saturday. More than 100 prizes are available including a $1000 cash grand prize. Tickets cost $1 each or 6 for $5.
Saturday evening brings authentic flair to Fyr Bal Festival. Young Scandinavian dancers are a highlight of the 52nd Annual Chieftain Ceremony, 8:00pm. "Chieftain" is an honorary title bestowed upon an Ephraim resident or business owner by the Ephraim Business Council to honor his or her service to the community. The newly named Chieftain will make his or her way into Eagle Harbor by boat, guarded by young Vikings. The Chieftain will bear the Chieftain Torch and light the summer's first bonfire. The Chieftain Medallion, designed and created this year by Cynthia Koshalek of Artzy Studio, will be presented to the honoree. Eligible Chieftain voters may cast their ballots until 3:00pm on Friday, June 17, at the Ephraim Visitor Information Center.
The Ephraim Business Council thanks the business and community sponsors and partners for their support of Fyr Bal Festival. For more information about Ephraim and Fyr Bal Festival, visit www.Ephraim-DoorCounty.com or contact the Ephraim Visitor Information Center at 920.854.4989. The Visitor Information Center is located at 10049 Water Street (Highway 42) and is open seven days a week.
2016 Fyr Bal Schedule of Events
Friday, June 17
10:30am - 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
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-12pm - Chieftain's Cup Golf Tournament - Tee Times, The Short Course at 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 - Red Putter Mini Golf, $3 for everyone, children under 6 free!
11:00am-1:00pm - "Witch Craft" - with the Hardy Gallery, Village Hall
11:30am-1:30pm - 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 - Chieftain's Cup Golf Tournament - Playoff, The Short Course at Peninsula State Park Golf Course
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 Contests - sponsored by Seaquist Orchards and emceed 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
6-7pm - Green Bay Kennel Club Agility Demos - Across from Village Hall
7:30pm - Fur Bal Pet Parade and Blessing of the Animals, Meet at Firehouse Dock at 7:15pm
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" fireworks!
Sunday, June 19
Area Church Services: 9:30am Bethany Lutheran, 10am Ephraim Moravian, 10am UU Fellowship
10am-10pm - Red Putter Mini Golf, $3 for everyone, children under 6 free!
7:30pm - Fyr Bal Sunday Family Sing-Along, Village Hall