by SARAH READ
Scattered showers may have slowed down a few of the activities for the 45th Annual Danish Festival in Greenville, but the crowds refused to let a little rain spoil their fun Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 21-23.
An arts and crafts fair, marketplace, various parades, bed race, games, Thrill of the Grill contest, theater performances and a family fun day with pony, camel and elephant rides were just a handful of the festivities that filled the three-day schedule celebrating Greenville’s Danish heritage. The Grand Dansk Parade, which took place on Saturday, featured countless floats, multiple marching bands, local and greater area veterans, classic car clubs, a dozen different clowns throughout, along with all surrounding area queens and courts in addition to the 2009 Danish Festival Queen, Chelsea Kreiner.
The theme for this year’s festival was Hans Christian Andersen’s “Thumbelina.” Performances of the children’s fairytale story were held at the Greenville Community Center.
Weather improved over the duration of the weekend and the festival-goers continued to increase accordingly. Festival officials were reportedly pleased with the outcome and are looking forward to next year’s event, held the third full weekend of August.