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Fyr Bal fires up summer

The 49th annual end-of-winter festival takes place Saturday in Ephraim

1:04 PM, Jun. 11, 2013
Evening bonfires, which symbolize the exit of winter and arrival of summer in old Norwegian tradition, are among the highlights of the annual Fyr Bal community festival in Ephraim. The honored Fyr Bal chieftain lights the first bonfire at Ephraim Village Hall each year.
Evening bonfires, which symbolize the exit of winter and arrival of summer in old Norwegian tradition, are among the highlights of the annual Fyr Bal community festival in Ephraim. The honored Fyr Bal chieftain lights the first bonfire at Ephraim Village Hall each year.
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The village of Ephraim once again re-creates the tradition of early Scandinavians celebrating the summer solstice with its 49th annual Fyr Bal Festival June 15.

Fyr Bal, pronounced "fear ball," is Norwegian for "bonfire." Evening bonfires along the shoreline symbolize the exit of winter and arrival of summer, with the highlight being the ceremonial bonfire lighting by the newly named Fyr Bal Chieftain.

The day begins with Family Centers of Door County serving waffles at Ephraim Village Hall from 7 to 10 a.m. The Door County YMCA will host a body flow fitness calss at 7:30 a.m. and a ...

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