For the 55th year, Ephraim will take to the shores of Eagle Harbor on Saturday to welcome the long days of summer by burning the “winter witch.” The village’s Fyr Bal dates back to a Scandinavian tradition that now includes a fun-filled day of music, crafts, and other activities. Before the occasion is marked by a large bonfire, visitors and residents select their “chieftain,” which often goes to a community member who has made large contributions to the area. Ephraim Tourism Coordinator Lane Methner says selecting a chieftain remains an important practice for the event.
Fyr Bal begins at 7:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at Ephraim Village Hall and concludes with fireworks over Eagle Harbor at sunset. You can find a complete schedule of events online with this story.
Picture submitted by Ephraim Tourism Council