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TIVOLI FEST 2019 - MAY 24th and 26th

"Generations of Love"

Tivoli Fest, Elk Horn, Iowa's annual Danish festival celebrating their Danish heritage, is a fun and exciting time for Danes as well as visitors from around Iowa and the nation.

This 40th annual festival is packed with an assortment of activities sure to please visitors of all ages.

Folk Dancers at Tivoli Fest in Elk Horn, IowaOn Friday, May 24th, to kick off the weekend, there will be pre-Tivoli Fest activities. Diego Garcia Reunion Band will be playing at the Elk Horn Fire Station from 7 - 10 p.m. Diego Garcia Band originally formed in 1997 and consisted of Mark Christensen, Polk City; Kevin Larsen, Carroll; and others from the area. Free will donations will be accepted at the gate for this concert. Enjoy a variety of music from Diego Garcia while sipping on a cold beer provided by the Iowa Craft Beer Tent. Danish Hot Dogs will also be available for purchase.

On Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m., there will be a flag raising ceremony on the Windmill grounds. Both the American and Danish flags will be presented and the national anthems played. At the conclusion of the flag raising, be sure to join us for the 5k Mill to Mermaid Fun Run beginning at 8:15 am at the Danish Windmill and ending at the Little Mermaid fountain in Kimballton. Prizes will be awarded to winners in each age group. The annual Tivoli Parade is held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. The parade features floats, marching bands, clowns, antique cars and trucks and a few surprises! World Æbleskiver Eating Contest is on Saturday afternoon.

The Windmill Entertainment Stage is a hub of free entertainment throughout the weekend. Scandinavian Folk Dancing groups from Kimballton and Omaha will perform traditional Danish and Scandinavian dances. Viking Enactment Demonstration and Rope Making will be sure to please the young and young at heart! And, back by popular demand, Dwight Lamb and Bill Peterson will be in concert during the weekend as well. Tivoli Fest is certainly a family event so we have included fun activities for the kids. Stop by the Elk Horn Library to view the LEGO® Movie. The Elk Horn History Exhibit will also be on display at the Library. Near the site of the future Fitness Center building, Children's Bounce Houses will be available from 1 - 6 p.m. on Saturday. The Museum of Danish America will be featuring several new exhibits. After touring the Museum, take the walking path to Bedstemor's House, Danish for Grandmother's House. This house has been lovingly restored to reflect life during the period of 1910-1920 where you will enjoy a step into the past.

Check out the Viking Market and Camp at the VikingHjem and see how Vikings lived back in 900 AD. Be sure to watch for this year's Tivoli Royalty King and Queen as they reign over the weekend's events. One place you may see them is at our famous 171 year old Danish Windmill. The mill was originally built in Denmark in 1848, then dismantled piece by piece and shipped to Elk Horn where community volunteers reassembled it over 40 years ago. Stop by for a tour after 2 years of reconstruction.

A visit to Tivoli Fest would not be complete without sampling some of our mouth-watering foods. Danish Open Faced Sandwiches, "A work of art on a slice of bread", and Danish desserts will be served at the Town Hall - what a feast! The Fire Station is the place to get your æbleskiver and medisterpølse, the Danish version of pancakes and sausage. These ethnic foods are a hit with the entire family! Elk Horn also has a wonderful assortment of restaurants, including some that are only available during Tivoli Fest.

Don't miss the Open Air Street Market! Broadway Street, on the north side of the former Danish Inn, will be filled with vendors from far and near. Stroll and shop a variety of art, antiques, tasty foods, handmade and commercial goods, flea market items, and more. Enjoy the experience of open air shopping!

The fun in Elk Horn doesn't end when the sun goes down - enjoy a concert featuring "That Name Band" at the Elk Horn Fire Station and fireworks on Saturday night! Look towards the sky at our 18th annual fireworks display! Join Elk Horn Fire Department's hosting of the Iowa Craft Beer Tent

Sunday is also filled with events to please everyone. The Tour de Tivoli 26 Mile Bike Ride registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Danish Windmill, the Antique Tractor Ride begins at 9 a.m. at the Elk Horn City Park, and a Community Church Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Winery. The Polka Police will be providing entertaining music at the New Century Art Guild Building on Main Street.

Local retail and restaurants in addition to food trucks will be providing Danish and American foods throughout Tivoli Fest.

Be sure to pick up a detailed schedule at any local business!

Plan your trip to Elk Horn now to take a Danish vacation without a passport. We look forward to seeing you on Memorial Day weekend. For further information see us at Elk Horn is located in Southwest Iowa. Take Exit 54 off Interstate 80 and go 6 miles north.

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The Danish Windmill

P.O. Box 245, 4038 Main
Elk Horn, Iowa 51531
(712) 764-7472