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Swedish Days kicks off in Geneva

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  • Twins Max and Charlie Naylor, 4, watch bubbles float through the Fair on the Square as Istavan & His Imaginary Band play on stage during the first day of Swedish Days in downtown Geneva. The twins were with their mother, Jessica, who said they put their Viking hats and beards on in the morning and wouldn't take them off. Istvan & His Imaginary Band, of Chicago, have released an album of children's songs.

       Twins Max and Charlie Naylor, 4, watch bubbles float through the Fair on the Square as Istavan & His Imaginary Band play on stage during the first day of Swedish Days in downtown Geneva. The twins were with their mother, Jessica, who said they put their Viking hats and beards on in the morning and wouldn't take them off. Istvan & His Imaginary Band, of Chicago, have released an album of children's songs.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Nick Bown of Geneva, 6, who is wearing a hat, takes another bite on his way to eating more ice cream than any other kid at the table during the Colonial Cafe ice cream eating contest during the first day of Swedish days in Geneva. The festival runs through Sunday. Visit genevachamber.com

       Nick Bown of Geneva, 6, who is wearing a hat, takes another bite on his way to eating more ice cream than any other kid at the table during the Colonial Cafe ice cream eating contest during the first day of Swedish days in Geneva. The festival runs through Sunday. Visit genevachamber.com
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

 
 

Geneva's annual Swedish Days, a Midsommar Festival, started Tuesday and will dominate downtown until Sunday.

Many of Tuesday's events centered around kids, such as the Fair on the Square with activities including free face painting and balloon art and performances by Istvan & His Imaginary Band and The Rope Warrior.

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Geneva mom Jessica Naylor said her kids were having a great time.

"They love Swedish Days," Naylor said of her four-year-old twins Max and his sister Charlie. "They put their Viking hats and beards on at nine this morning and won't take them off. We'll be here all week."

Indeed, the twins were among several young children who danced and jumped in front of the Third Street stage for the duration of the 45-minute opening act. Wednesday's highlights on the festival's Central Stage include the Swedish American Children's Choir at 5:30 p.m., the semifinals of Geneva's Got Talent at 6:30 p.m. and The New Invaders performing a rock and roll tribute to the 1960s at 8 p.m.

For information and a full schedule, visit genevachamber.com.

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