Breaking News Bar
posted: 6/10/2013 2:48 PM

Dance around the Maypole at Geneva's Midsummer Festival

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • People gather around the Maypole after it is ceremoniously raised during the 102nd annual Swedish Day Midsummer Festival at Good Templar Park in Geneva. This year, the festival will be Sunday, June 16, with the Maypole raising and dancing at noon.

       People gather around the Maypole after it is ceremoniously raised during the 102nd annual Swedish Day Midsummer Festival at Good Templar Park in Geneva. This year, the festival will be Sunday, June 16, with the Maypole raising and dancing at noon.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer, 2012

 
 

You don't have to be Scandinavian to enjoy the 103rd annual Swedish Day Midsummer Festival, but it helps if you have a healthy appreciation for such traditions as Maypole raising, Swedish meatballs, folk music and dancing.

Billed as the longest continually-running festival in the Fox Valley, the one-day celebration of all things Swedish takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive, Geneva. Admission is $5, but kids younger than 12 and visitors dressed in traditional Scandinavian folk costumes are admitted free.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

Events include a Lutefisk toss, cultural presentations, a Viking encampment, arts and crafts, music, entertainment, Viking Ship presentations and tours of "stugas," summer cottages designed in traditional Swedish style.

You can start your day with a fried herring or Swedish pancake breakfast, washed down with plenty of Sweden's favorite beverage -- kaffe (coffee). A Swedish meatball dinner, coffee bread, sloppy joes, hamburgers, hot dogs and almond tarts round out the menu.

For the younger set, there will be pony rides, a Moon Jump, crafts and games, face painting, balloon animals and Swedish mini golf.

The event is organized by the Swedish Day Committee of the International Organization of Good Templars. For a complete schedule, visit www.swedishday.net/.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.