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Solvang Danish Days 2012


Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2012

By: Laura Kath (Expired article)

Solvang, CA -

Rodney Nielsen, co-chair along with Max Hanberg of the 76th annual Solvang Danish Days has announced that long-time Solvang resident Agnes Larsen will preside over the weekend festivities as this year’s honorary Grand Marshal—and lead the main parade on Saturday, September 15, 2012.

Since moving to Solvang in 1960, Agnes has been an active volunteer for many years during the Danish Days breakfast and other festivities. Nielsen revealed, “Whether she is working the line turning aebleskiver or sifting the powdered sugar that covers them, Agnes is a constant fixture under the breakfast tent in her Danish costume and cheerful smile. Both of her daughters have taken part in the yearly celebration; Alice, her oldest, was Danish Maid in 1982 and can be found working close by her mom during the weekend. Now a new generation is stepping in, as Agnes’ grandchildren have joined in the fun that is Danish Days.” CAPTION: Agnes Larsen, now age 80, surrounded by her daughter Alice Schlereth and grandchildren Grace and Brendon Schlereth during the 70th annual Solvang Danish Days in 2006. (hi-rez JPG available, please request from laura@mariahmarketing.com

The not-for-profit charitable Solvang Danish Days Foundation will celebrate its 76th Annual Danish Days from Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16, 2012, with the theme of “Tak for Mad – Velbekomme! (Thanks for Food – You’re Welcome!). The three-day event honors the establishment of Solvang by Danish-Americans in 1911 and helps preserve Solvang’s authentic Danish heritage. Admission is free and thousands of residents and visitors enjoy the celebration each year. Danish and USA flags line the streets, residents and visitors don colorful costumes, and there is food, folk dancing and free entertainment throughout the weekend.

Returning favorite activities include enjoying the authentic restaurants and bakeries featuring tasty Danish cuisine, including aebleskiver (Danish pastry balls) and medisterpřlse (Danish sausage). A Danish-style Beer Garden serving Carlsberg and local brews plus selected Danish open-faced sandwiches will be on offer on Friday and Saturday—a great way to celebrate theme according to 2012 Danish Days co-chairs Max Hanberg and Rodney Nielsen. The Ravens of Odin, a professional Viking re-enactment group creates an authentic encampment in Solvang Park. There are large-scale wood-carving demonstrations, Randel McGee’s Hans Christian Andersen story-telling sessions and a Kids’ Korner featuring LEGOS in Solvang Park to delight the youngsters.

To review the most current, complete schedule of ALL events during the weekend; or download the flyer, parade applications and more, visit the brand-new website www.SolvangDanishDays.org





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