2012 Danish Festival planning under way

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 12:00 pm on Wednesday, May 02, 2012

GREENVILLE — With Greenville’s Danish Festival just around the corner, items are getting approved by the local government to move forward with planning.

During Tuesday night’s Greenville City Council meeting, the only items on the agenda were in regards to the annual Danish Festival in August.

“It’s time to start thinking about Danish Festival,” said Assistant City Manager Cameron Van Wyngarden.

The first item on the agenda to get approved was a liquor license for Tivoli Gardens as an annual part of the Danish Festival, which takes place at the National Guard Armory. Van Wyngarden said the event has bounced around from place to place, but this year the Danish Festival committee would like to see it held at the armory again.

The council also approved road closures for events related to the Danish Festival.

Van Wyngarden said everything is basically the same as last year, however the committee did make one change to the road closures. The Danish Festival committee asked to close Lafayette Street a half hour earlier at 5:30 p.m. from Aug. 16 until Aug. 19 for the vendors. In the past, the roads closed at 6 p.m.

Mayor Pro Tem Jeanne Cunliffe pointed out there will not be any hot air balloon events this year.

According to the council’s agenda, the hot air balloon events will not be held because the Hot Air Balloon Championships will be held the same weekend in Battle Creek.

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