Rain doesn’t deter Danish Festival kick off (Photo Gallery)

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:22 pm on Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Danish Festival Band performs Thursday evening during the opening ceremonies of the 48th annual Danish Festival in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

GREENVILLE — Although some rain hit the Greenville area during opening events, many people still attended as the 48th annual Danish Festival kicked off Thursday night.

The flag raising ceremony at Heritage Park included at least 50 people while the Danish board, Greenville mayor and grand marshals welcomed everyone with Danish music and more.

“I have great pride in welcoming you to the ceremony,” said Greenville Mayor John Hoppough.

Hoppough reflected over the years on the Danish Festivals he attended and talked of his fond memories.

He wished and hoped for everyone to enjoy this year’s festival and develop fond memories as well.

“The festival couldn’t happen without the support from the community and guests,” he said.

Dan Healy, president of the Danish Festival, honored those 23 members who serve on the Danish Festival Board of Directors who have donated their time since last August to make the festival happen.

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“It’s an honor to be working along with them,” Healy said.

Grand Marshals Dennis and Shirley Hayes addressed the crowd who attended the ceremony with honors and smiles.

Both commented on the hard work put forward by the Danish Festival board.

“(The festival) will showcase the many hours you have given to the community,” Shirley Hayes said of the directors.

Dennis Hayes agreed and stated he hopes the community will take in what the festival has to offer.

“I hope you make the most of this third weekend in August,” he said.

After the opening ceremony of the Danish Festival, the Danish Festival Band paraded to the Tower Riverside Park for a concert.

During the concert, Lead Director Bob Hansen was honored for his 40 years of service and was presented with a painting by artist Sue Moss.

The band went on to play some of their most favored songs along with some new hits.

“I enjoyed ‘Candy Man,’ which is a new one,” said Angie Bass of Sumner who attended the concert to watch her husband, Rob Bass, play.

She said Rob Bass has been playing in the band for several years.

Judy Weeks of Belding also attended to watch her family perform in the band as well.

“I came to watch my son and grandson,” Weeks said of band members David and Judah Weeks. “They have been doing this for a long time.”

Ed Walburn of Bear Lake has been coming to Greenville for the past three years to admire the Danish Festival and to see his friend Marilyn Nielsen of Greenville.

Both Walburn’s and Nielsen’s favorite parts of the festival are the are the parade, music and general entertainment.

“I enjoy seeing the community getting together,” Walburn said.

Today’s Danish Festival festivities will begin at 1 p.m. with the used book sale, bake sale, craft show and marketplace.

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