From Aebleskiver to Vikings – Tivoli Fest Lite takes place at Elk Horn | Way of life


ELK HORN – It’s back, and it starts today.

The Tivoli Fest 2021, called Tivoli Fest Lite, is underway.

The event was dubbed Tivoli Fest Lite after coronavirus concerns led to changes in the schedule for 2021. Some events started on Friday evening, but there will still be plenty to do today.

The opening ceremonies will take place at 8 a.m. at the Danish Windmill, with help from the Color Guard, the King and Queen of Tivoli, Mayor Stan Jens and Tivoli Committee Chairman Dustin Petersen. The Danish Windmill is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The M&M Fun Run, a 5 km from Mill to Mermaid, was scheduled for 8:15 a.m. with registration at the windmill parking lot from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.

The Vikings will be at the Vikings’ encampment at VikingHjem. The low-rise building is a reproduction of typical structures used throughout Scandinavia and northern Europe from the late Dark Ages to the Middle Ages. Visitors can learn about life in a Viking forge in 900 AD

Nearby, the Mill Entertainment Stage will feature folk dancing, music and more. Bring a lawn chair and watch folk dancers from Danish villages at noon; Scandinavian folk dancers from Omaha at 1 p.m. Ginny Blood, Danish violin music at the HC Andersen statue at 2pm; Stories of HC Andersen by Gavin King also at the HC Andersen statue at 3 pm; The Viking show including string making will take place in the Viking Zone at 3 p.m. and Scandinavian Omaha folk dancers will perform at 4 p.m.

The parade will take place at 11 a.m. The Grand Marshals are medical officials, nurses and EMTS as well as local community fire and rescue volunteers who have helped get through the pandemic. There will also be tanks, vintage cars, tractors, fire trucks, horses, Tivoli Royalty and more.

The Museum of Danish America will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free admission. backstage tours are scheduled at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Violin music by Ginny Blood at noon and Gavin King as Hans Christian Andersen at 2 p.m.

Bedstemor’s House on College Street will also be open with free admission, from noon to 4 p.m.

The Genealogy Center on Main Street is also open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with local history as the featured exhibit, admission is free. Ginny Blood will play the violin outside the center at 10 a.m.

And don’t miss the Stroget, a Danish pedestrian street or the open-air street market. It will be on Broadway Street, south of Egg Krate, and will offer vendors from far and near. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food vendors will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Most other stores will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but their hours may vary.

A Show and Shine will be held in Elk Horn Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Looking for Danish food? Elk Horn fire station will offer aebleskiver and medisterpolse to start the day from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At Elk Horn Town Hall, you can get Danish sandwiches open from noon to 4 p.m., and photos of Tivoli royalty will be on display.

The Elk Horn Library will have activities for kids from noon to 3 p.m., be sure to visit the LEGO contest exhibit.

The New Century Art Guild and the Canteen and Gallery will offer a new art exhibit. Located in front of the fire station, it will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. See pottery with Leasa Brouillard at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Macramé with Alexis Petersen at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Leather with Alise Meyers at 2:30 p.m. and Basketry with Hope Chipman at 4:30 p.m.

The Iowa Craft Beer Tent will be open from 11 a.m. to midnight. Folk music by Dwight Lamb, Bill Petersen and Tom Carlson will be following the parade at noon and 4 p.m. A master barbecue will take place in the afternoon and evening, and two groups will also play in the evening.

the L&N Band will play from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the Hired Guns Band will play from 9 p.m. to midnight, for a voluntary donation at the door.

The Tivoli Fireworks Show, by Waymire Brothers Fireworks, will take place after dark.

And don’t forget to visit the Little Mermaid and History Sculptures and Freedom Rock in Kimballton.

All participants are encouraged to practice good hygiene, masks will be required in some places.


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