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Spicer, Minn., castle scene for 'semi-royal affair' Friday

The Spicer Castle Inn on Green Lake will be the site of a royal wedding spoof on Friday. (File photo)

So the castle isn't really a castle and New London is certainly not London and the royal family will really be local thespians wearing hats and talking with a Minnesota version of a British accent, but other than that an event Friday at the Spicer Castle Inn just down the road from New London will be just like being at the real wedding reception of William and Kate.

Or not.

In a unique partnership with Twin Cities radio station My Talk Radio 107.1, the Spicer Castle Inn is playing host to a "semi royal affair" on Friday.

"Honestly, I thought it was a great idea," said Becky Bengtson, office manager at the Castle, commenting on her reaction when the radio station contacted her last month to pitch the idea.

"It kind of falls into your plate," she said. "It's one of those great ideas you didn't think of."

The event actually begins tonight when five couples -- winners of the radio station's special royal wedding contest -- arrive at the Castle to spend the night.

The radio crew of "Colleen and the Boys" will broadcast live from the Spicer Castle from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday as wedding cake, punch and hors d'oeuvres are served during an event that's free and open to the public, said Bengtson.

Just like the top-secret royal cake that's being made for William and Kate, the design of the cake being crafted for the semi royal affair is also under wraps.

"I've only heard rumors," said Bengtson, teasingly, about the cake that'll be served Friday.

To add extra flair to the day, The Barn Theatre in Willmar is pitching in to provide supporting characters.

"We're supposed to have members of the royal family here," said Bengtson.

"It's one of those secrets. I don't know how many members of the royal family will be here. The queen herself may be here," she said, adding that rumors of an appearance by William and Kate have not yet been confirmed.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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