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Door County activities/Attractions--Fyr Ball Festival

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Door County activities/Attractions--Fyr Ball Festival

The Fyr Ball festival takes place during one weekend in the summer in downtown Ephraim, in Door County, usually during June.

Even though the festival is scheduled thursday-saturday usually, really things are only happening on Saturday. Friday night there was a "concert" scheduled, but it was really just some classical musicians playing inside a building. It didn't look too exciting.

On Saturday there are a lot of activities...you should be able to find a full schedule online when it gets closer. There was a boat regatta, pet parade (we didn't attend these) plus some other stuff. Also, there are craft booths set up all day, as well as a used book sale outside the library, and door prizes and a silent auction.

In the evening, there is a "fish boil" which is a big door county tradition. You can look it up online for more info. We were a little disappointed with it, however. Tickets were $16 a person, and included the fish, a few side items, and a piece of cherry pie. The fish still has bones, so is kind of hard to eat. We didn't feel it was worth $16. Also, make sure to get in line as soon as it opens, they can only cook so much fish at a time and people had to wait a long time.

At night is when things get good. They put large piles of wood all around the harbor and light them when it gets dark. Then they set off fireworks, which was a pretty impressive display.

Overall, I'd say stop by the fest in the afteroon to take a look at the crafts and buy some raffle tickets, then come back at night to see the fires and fireworks...don't plan on spending a whole day here. The fest is fun, and you should definitely check it out if you're in town that weekend, but I wouldn't go out of my way to plan my trip around it.

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1. Re: Door County activities/Attractions--Fyr Ball Festival

Fyr Bal Festival is always held on Father's Day weekend which is also the summer solstice, which is what the Festival is all about anyway. Fyr Bal stands for bonfire of which there are several surrounding Eagle Harbor. The Fyr Bal Chieftan (be it man or woman) starts the bonfire and the others follow in turn. A very soul stirring sight.

As to the fish boil....$16 is a very average price and they all will have bones, as the piece of fish that is cooked is not a fillet, but a steak...and the bones are very easy to remove.

Saturday is the big day for the Festival, with music throughout the town including the north end with wonderful galleries and crafters by the shore. Lots of activities for the kids as well, so it's easy to spend an entire day and experience all that Ephraim has to offer.

The silent auction and raffle have amazing prizes available including a grand prize of $500 cash!

The raffle tickets are drawn by the reigning Miss Door County!

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