The city of Ephraim thinks it has found a way to make the Memorial Day weekend especially memorable - combining three events into a three-day package.
The package will include the traditional Memorial Day program at the Park Cemetery on Monday, with a featured speaker and flag ceremony, and both the Ephraim Stampede and the Scandinavian Festival on Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25.The festival, in the center of town, will include historic tours, folk dancing in the street, exhibits and displays, booths and other Old World activities.
The Ephraim Stampede, at the arena on the north side of town, will present the Slash C Rodeo in nightly performances on May 24 and 25. Queen candidates will be judged on personality, appearance and horsemanship at a contest at the arena on a date to be arranged, according to Kathy Szakacs, contest chairman.
The parade down Ephraim's Main Street on May 25 at 10 a.m. will contain both Scandinavian and cowboy elements. That means some will be wearing booths and tight-fitting pants and other wooden shoes and flowing dresses.
There'll be other contrasts, too - edelskivers competing with pancakes and lute fisk against mutton chops at the food stands.
"Our heritage is mixed and we'll be paying homage to its major strands," Mayor Bob Warnick says.