Danish Festival wraps up Sunday with family fun

By Lori Hansen • Last Updated 10:23 am on Monday, August 18, 2014

Spectators at Klackle Orchards in Eureka Township on Saturday evening were treated to Ron Centers of Kalamazoo and his hot air balloon, which he lit up to entertain children as they waited for the evening fireworks show. — Daily News/Cory Smith


GREENVILLE — Danish Festival visitors could have covered a lot of miles in the area on Sunday with activities ranging from Danish Heritage Church service at South Sidney Church in the morning, to geocaching in Greenville and the Family Trail Walk and Ugly Duckling race at Jackson’s Landing in the evening.

Events continued at Veterans Park with the Women’s Action Network (WAN) conducting the Marketplace and Christian music concerts and Baldwin Heights Elementary School hosting Family Fun Day.

“Attendance was good,” said Family Fun Day coordinator Dawn Snyder. “We had between 300 and 500 people this year, which is up a little from past years.”

Lindsey Blasser, 4, of Greenville, tries to drop Baldwin Heights Elementary School Principal Mike Walsh in the dunk tank. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

The participants could try to ride a mechanical bull, a new addition this year, along with other first-time games like Laser tag and the three-lane bungee jump, said Snyder.

“We do try to come up with different ways to keep kids entertained,” she added. “We don’t want to do the same things that every other festival around is doing.”

The mechanical bull was  popular with parents and kids alike, both attempted to stay on the gyrating, twisting robotic bull.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Brandon Walsh, 12, of Greenville. “I did pretty good on it, and then faced that spin at the end.”

Bounce house boxing and the three-lane bungee jump kept folks moving, while Cute Cube Photography ran a photo booth, which gave them a chance to slow down.

“This is our first year coming here,” Raelynn Herron said. “I’ve seen the signs but never stopped. We’ve had a lot of fun and will be back.”

As the Family Fun Day wrapped up, folks stepped inside the school for the Talent Show. Eleven acts competed in two different divisions, Youth and Adult, with three places in each category.

Taking first place in the talent show’s adult division were the Flat River Dance Company, who performed a contemporary ballet. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

A Flat River Dance Company troupe, consisting of Alexa Campbell, Hadley Kerr, Lexi Hebert and Hanna Grant, garnered the top prize while a duo of Samantha Binge and Allison Jacobs singing “Somethin’ Bad” by Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert. Lyndsey Scholten’s vocal solo earned her place in the top three with her solo “Colors of the Wind”

Raya and Ari Hammel Alleyne won the youth division with their musical rendition from the book “Pierre.” Kenadee Ferguson earned second place with her dance.

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