The 56th Annual Fyr Bal will be held along the Eagle Harbor shoreline on June 18. Celebrate Ephraim’s Scandinavian heritage and the transition from spring to summer at this one-day event.

The festival begins with a yoga class at Anderson Dock, a pancake breakfast and a used book sale. The Fur Bal Pet Parade takes place at 9 a.m. and pets of all types are welcome to participate. Entrants will be named Best Owner/Pet Look Alike, Best Costume and one lucky pet will receive Best in Show and a prize with a medallion created by Gemma Lou’s Door County Furbaby Treats. Registration is not compulsory.

Scandinavian dancers and singers entertain the crowd. Photo by Tad Dukhart.

The artisan and food vendor market starts at 10 a.m. with various produce and tasty treats. Take part in the ice cream or cherry pie tasting contests and discover the cake walk.

The festival offers many family activities throughout the day, such as visits by a balloon artist, cartoonist, traveling artist, face painting, a make-your-own Fyr Bal Medallion -even and much more.

The Fyr Bal Cornhole Tournament returns to the Edgewater Resort this year and is open to all ages. Teams can register at the Ephraim Business Council tent prior to the event.

Throughout the day, DJ Michael Raye will be playing music next to Ephraim Village Hall. Live bands include D’Arez and Frank Maloney & His Big Country Unit.

Fyr Bal raffle tickets are currently on sale at the Ephraim Visitor Information Center and various businesses in Ephraim. There are many amazing prizes from the businesses of Ephraim as well as a grand prize of $500.

A Fyr Bal bonfire burns on the shore of Eagle Harbor. Photo by Tad Dukhart.

The highlight of the festival is the 56th Chiefs Ceremony where an Ephraim resident or business owner is honored with this prestigious title which is voted for by the public for service to the community. A fireworks display over Eagle Harbor brings the festival to a close as the sun sets.

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