GREENVILLE — It’s still a work in progress, but the planning of the 50th celebration of the community’s annual Danish Festival — set for Aug. 14-17 — is coming along nicely, according to event director Pam Jorae.
“The Danish Festival’s board of directors has been working on this for a year now and we are getting excited for what we’re planning, so far,” Jorae said.
A couple of events absent last year that are returning are a fireworks display and the popular Tivoli Beer Garden, both of which will be held at Klackle Orchard and Pavilion.
The fireworks are being made possible by a $15,000 grant from the Greenville Area Community Foundation. The board hired Melrose Pyrotechnics, an international fireworks display company, for the event, which will be held at dusk Aug. 16.
The Tivoli Beer Garden, a popular night event for locals, visitors and for reunions, will include a live band each night, Aug. 15 and 16. The event will be open from 7 p.m. to midnight each night. More information will be provided later.
One of the bands featured at Klackle Orchard on Aug. 16 will be a Journey tribute band, which will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Ticket information will be provided at later date.
Jorae and the board are seeking to invite as many past Danish queens as they can contact to be involved in this year’s festival.
“We are up against a challenge to locate and contact as many past queens as possible,” Jorae said. “We would love to have a lot of them attend and possibly have a queen’s luncheon for them and have them in our Dansk Parade, as well.”
Jorae said the board is also seeking historic photos of past Danish Festivals that may be included in future publications on the 50th celebration.
This year’s festival will include the Art @ the Green event once again, which showcases local artists’ talents throughout the business district of Greenville. A meet-and-greet gathering is scheduled for May 29 for artists, venue hosts and festival committee members. Opening day of viewing is July 29. Voting will be open then until Aug. 16.
Other traditional events are scheduled, such as the Lake of Illumination, a tractor pull, which will be held Aug. 15, a car show, which will be held at Kmart’s parking lot, and Family Fun Day, which will be held once again at Baldwin Heights Elementary School.
The next item on the board’s agenda is choosing artwork that will represent the 50th celebration of the Danish Festival, which this year’s theme is “Little Red Shoes,” after Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale.
Entry deadline for the event’s poster contest is at 5 p.m. this Friday. Call the Danish Festival office for more information at (616) 754-6369.