Tyler is celebrating 125 years as a city, but the community with strong ties to its Danish roots is actually a bit older.
"Tyler has been here since 1887," said Robert Wolfington, who serves on the Aebleskiver committee, "but last year the Danebod celebrated its 125th, so it was here a year before Tyler."
This year the Danebod Folk School will celebrate with folk dancing, activities and typically Danish sandwiches and treats. And, of course, aebleskivers.
"For those who don't know, aebleskivers are a round Danish treat," Wolfington said.
This year shows every indication of being a rousing success already. The Aebleskiver Days golf tournament is full.
For people wanting to know more about the town's Danish heritage, there will be two guided tours of the Danebod facilities on Saturday beginning at the Danebod Church at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Because it is a special year, alumni of Tyler, Russell and Russell-Tyler-Ruthton schools have organized an all-school reunion on Friday at the RTR High School.
"We sent out invitations and asked class representatives to contact classmates," said Deanna Drake, co-chair of the reunion committee. "There will be 640 attending. Past alumni will be putting on entertainment."
Also on Friday, former RTR Middle School social science teacher Pat McGill, now a motivational speaker, will bring her message of the power of a woman's purse at her Pursology seminar on Friday morning.
10 a.m. bleskiver Days golf tournament, three-person best shot, shotgun start, tournament is full.
10 a.m. Pursology by Pat McGill, First English Church Complimentary lunch served. A $20 registration charge is required.
3 p.m. Beard contest at the Log Cabin
5:30 p.m. All-school reunion meal, with entertainment scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at RTR High School. Pre-registration for the meal was required.
8:30 a.m. bleskiver Amble run/bike 125-hectometer (eight miles) registration RTR High School
For more information and a registration form, visit the website at www.aebleskiverdays.org
9 a.m.-4 p.m. bleskiver served (round Danish pancakes) or until gone at the Tyler Fire Hall
10 a.m. Junior Fun Olympics featuring events for children, ages 0 to 10 at the RTR Football Field
10 a.m.-noon Model airplane demonstrations, Tyler Municipal Airport
11 a.m. Talent show, Lincoln County Fairgrounds
1-4 p.m. Afternoon dance, Howard and Sonja Hanson Lincoln County Fairgrounds
3 p.m. Whopper feed, Bandshell Park
7 p.m. Grand parade, Tyler's Main Street, line-up is at 6 p.m. at Tyler's industrial park on the southeast side of town
9 p.m.-1 a.m. Street dance. The band Hicktown Mafia will perform near the baseball field on the north side of Tyler.
Pony rides, petting zoo and face painting. Lincoln County Fairgrounds
Saturday at Danebod
Artisans at the Folk School and gym hall
9-11 a.m. Danebod Stone Hall, coffee cake and coffee served.
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Scandinavian Sweet Shoppe, liverpostej, Danish coffee cake, bleskiver baking and historic quilt on display.
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Danebod pop stand
10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Smrrebrd at the Danebod dining room.
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Danebod campus tours at beginning at Danebod Church
1 p.m. Children and adult interactive folk dancing at Danebod
11 a.m. Community church service at the bandshell downtown, bring your own lawn chairs. In case of rain, services will be at the Tyler Golf Club House. Kiwanis dinner served following the church service at the 4-H building. Menu: pork chop sandwich, baked beans, potato chips, veggie tray, cookies, watermelon and a beverage.
All four days
Men's softball tournament, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, double elimination, Tyler ballfields