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posted: 6/11/2014 6:00 AM

Traditions run deep at Swedish Day

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  • Abra Keup adds syrup to her Swedish pancakes with lingonberries at the 103rd annual Swedish Day midsummer festival in Geneva's Good Templar Park. The festival returns Sunday, June 15.

      Abra Keup adds syrup to her Swedish pancakes with lingonberries at the 103rd annual Swedish Day midsummer festival in Geneva's Good Templar Park. The festival returns Sunday, June 15.
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  • Members of the Swedish American Children's Choir play a ring toss game at a previous Swedish Day festival in Good Templar Park, Geneva. The choir will perform again this year at the festival.

      Members of the Swedish American Children's Choir play a ring toss game at a previous Swedish Day festival in Good Templar Park, Geneva. The choir will perform again this year at the festival.
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  • ABBA Salute, a tribute to the famous Swedish pop band, will perform at the 104th annual Swedish Day midsummer festival in Geneva's Good Templar Park.

      ABBA Salute, a tribute to the famous Swedish pop band, will perform at the 104th annual Swedish Day midsummer festival in Geneva's Good Templar Park.
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Daily Herald staff reports

It claims to be the oldest festival in the Midwest and, at 104 years and counting, its traditions run deep. Swedish Day returns to Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive, Geneva on Sunday, June 15.

Organized by the Swedish Day Committee of IOGT (formerly known as the International Organization of Good Templars), the one-day celebration is an opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in Swedish Culture.

Activities include a viking encampment, children's games, Viking Ship presentation, outdoor worship service, cottage walks, a craft fair and raising of the Maypole.

This year's entertainers will include ABBA Salute, a tribute to the famed Swedish pop band; and the Swedish American Children's Choir.

If you visit Swedish Day, come hungry, as food options include a fried herring breakfast, Swedish pancake breakfast, Swedish coffee bread, a Swedish meatball dinner, sloppy joes, hamburgers, hot dogs and almond tarts.

Visit swedishday.net for a map and complete schedule.

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