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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Jun 11, 2010

So are you looking for something to do in June?

Why not get in on Danish Days?

Ringsted Danish Festival Days will be held this June 18-20 with the theme, Remembering The Good Old Days. If you’re of Scandinavian ancestry, you’re probably familiar with the midsummer (or midsmmer to some) celebrations that were imported from the old country. Midsmmer goes all the way back to pre-Viking times, when people celebrated the first day of summer with feasts, dances and just a general revelry.

That same tradition carries over – albeit in a milder form – at Danish Days in Ringsted.

The event kicks off with the Emmet County State Bank appreciation meal from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, June 8. In conjunction with the meal, the United Lutheran WELCA will hold an ice cream social with free-will donation. There’s also the pie and “Sensational Sweet” auction to benefit the 2011 Ringsted Relay for Life. And of course there’s the Little Miss Mermaid coronation and the lighting of the Relay For Life luminaries.

Saturday events start with the Back to the Old Country car show south of Dan’s repair. Registration is from 7-9 a.m. with judging at 10 a.m. and door prizes and trophies at 12:30 p.m.

Citywide garage sales will be held from 8 a.m. to noon and the second annual Danish Days 5K fun run will also be held at 8 a.m. The Danish American Fellowship food stand will be open at the American Legion from 8 a.m. to noon.

New this year will be Remembering “The Good Old Days” in Ringsted 9-10 a.m. at the American Legion. Amelia Petersen and Axel Thomsen will recall earlier years in Ringsted.

The Freedom Quilt Show will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at United Lutheran Church. Betty Nielsen of Varina will give a presentation on the Freedom Quilt Project at 10 a.m.

At 11 a.m. Treasure Village Theatre will give a free performance for all ages of Little Red and the 3 Little Pigs” at the American Legion. That will be followed by Art in the Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Rail Road Park. The Emmet County Farm Bureau cook off contest will be held at the same time. For more information, contact the Emmet County Farm Bureau office in Estherville at 362-3585, Ringsted City Hall at 866-0877 or contact Jim Boyer at 866-1361. All backyard grillers are welcome to compete at Rail Road Park.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ringsted Relay For Life will offer pop and ice cream floats in Rail Road Park. At 1 p.m. Ringsted Telephone Company will offer free watermelon at Rail Road Park. The Farm Bureau cook off contest judging will be at 1:30 p.m., also at Rail Road Park.

Danish Days dinner theater will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the American Legion, featuring Glenn Henriksen, Billy Hansen, Millie Kittleson, Sean Bentz and other friends. Doors will open to the public at 4 p.m. with a meal following the show. Tickets are on sale at Emmet County State Bank in Ringsted. Call 866-1901 for information.

Rounding out Saturday night entertainment will be Sound Waves DJ and Karaoke at the Half Time Bar and Grill from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Sunday, June 20 events start with coffee fellowship at the American Legion from 9:45-10:15 a.m. The Ringsted Library Board will sponsor the fellowship with a free-will donation to go to the carpet fund. Ecumenical church services will follow at the American Legion at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday night events conclude with T-ball games at the Ringsted ball diamond at 6:30 p.m.

So, as you can see, there’s a lot to see and do right in our own backyard. So get out and enjoy Danish Days in Ringsted.