The charitable Solvang Danish Days Foundation invites Santa Ynez Valley area non-profit organizations to have a booth in the “Kids’ Korner” in Solvang Park during the 77th Annual Days from September 20-22, 2013 as a fundraiser for themselves. According to 2013 Danish Days Celebration Chair Brenda Anderson, “We welcome community involvement not only with groups having a booth in the Kids’ Korner but also individuals and families joining in the camaraderie to support our community’s heritage by volunteering to help during the weekend doing set-up, serving aebleskiver and more.”

For groups interested in having a booth in Solvang Park Kids Korner, the cost is $100 per booth space for the entire weekend; please contact 2013 Kids’ Korner Coordinator Petti Pfau, or call her at 805-688-9973. For general volunteer inquiries and discovering ways to support the Solvang Danish Days Foundation, please contact Administrative Director Denise Birkholm via email at or call 805-686-9386.

The 77th Annual Danish Days theme this year is “Best Danish . . . Fill in the Blank!” 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.

During the Solvang Danish Days Celebration, Danish and USA flags line the streets, residents and visitors don colorful costumes, and there is food, folk dancing and entertainment throughout the weekend. Favorite activities include enjoying the authentic restaurants and bakeries featuring tasty Danish cuisine, including aebleskiver (Danish pastry balls) and medisterpølse (Danish sausage). There are three parades (Friday night Torchlight; Saturday afternoon Main Parade and Sunday afternoon Children’s Parade.) A Danish-style Beer & Wine Garden serving Carlsberg and local brews and vintages will be on offer on Friday and Saturday. 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 as well as free concerts including the Solvang 2nd Century Party featuring live rock & roll performers on Saturday evening.

For more history of Danish Days, details, parade applications and complete contact information, please visit the website


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