June 16, 2018
MIDNIGHT SUN BREAKFAST
served by Scandinavian Café of Vancouver, WA
7-11:00 A.M., Exhibit Hall
Buffet: Norwegian Jarlsberg egg cake, Finnish Pyttipannu (Scandinavian pan-fried scramble of potato, onions, sausage & egg), Swedish pancakes with whipped cream and strawberries, Norwegian Rommegrot (sour cream porridge/pudding with cinnamon and sugar), Lefse (fresh off the griddle), Scandinavian cheese, Shrimp and salmon lox, Fresh assorted breads, Fruit, Fresh baked Danish pastry, Coffee, OJ, water. $10.00 (Kids 6 and under: $5)
RUNNING OF THE TROLLS
Primary sponsor: Columbia Memorial Hospital
8:30 A.M., Walluski area
The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival is pleased to announce the 14th Annual Running of the Trolls. Join us for a walk or run in the beautiful Walluski countryside. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association Scholarship Fund. Registration is available online or at the festival. Check-in is from 7-8 A.M. on Saturday in the Main Entry Hall.
9:00 A.M.-6:30 P.M., Arena
Visit the midsummer vendors to find specialty Scandinavian items and handcrafted treasures. Many booths offer Scandinavian food items for your dining and snacking pleasure.
RAFFLE TICKETS ON SALE
9:00 A.M.-6:30 P.M., Arena Booths #26 & #37
2018 Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Raffle tickets give you a chance to win $1,000.00 plus a whole lot more! The drawing is on Sunday afternoon in the Exhibit Hall at 3:45 P.M.
10 A.M.-5 P.M., Arena
12:45 P.M.-5 P.M., Exhibit Hall
12 noon -6 P.M., Beer Garden
There will be live Scandinavian themed entertainment and dancing on three stages throughout most of the day. Pick up a festival program at the the admission table or view one of the posted schedule to find your favorite band, singer, or dance troupe. The Kleiveland-Toppe Duo from Norway will entertain three times in the arena. The show varies each performance so try to catch them all. The Astor Street Opry will entertain three times in the beer garden with oleo acts from Shanghaied in Astoria.
EMPIRE OF CHIVALRY AND STEEL VIKING ENCAMPMENT
10–6:00 P.M., Outdoors
The Empire of Chivalry and Steel will hold an open house in their Viking encampment outdoors south of the Arena. Costumed reenactors will demonstrate crafts, tournaments, armor making, and combat arts from the culture of the Middle Ages.
11 A.M. - 11 P.M.
Astoria Brewing Company will present a selection of award-winning handcrafted microbrews and a limited menu. The Astor Street Opry will present its standing-room only show of olio acts from “Shanghaied in Astoria” at 1, 3, and 5 PM.
11 A.M. – 5:00 P.M., Arena
Young festival attendees can participate in children’s activities in the Barnefest area. This area is staffed by volunteers from Tongue Point Job Corps Center, the Nordic Viking Dancers, and by parents. Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult. There are inexpensive games (fishing, wheel spin, plinko, golf and bean bag toss), face painting and a raffle. Saturday’s puppet shows at 1:30 PM include The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Princess and the Pea. The 3 PM puppet show will feature The Terrible Troll Cat & Ivar the Short but Brave Viking.
OP TOG - FESTIVAL PARADE
11:30 A.M., festival grounds
Miss Scandinavia and her court, costumed dancers and entertainers, representatives from the Scandinavian lodges, and family groups will assemble in the dining area of the Exhibit Hall and then parade through the arena and festival grounds to the outdoor stage for the Flag Raising and Midsummer Pole ceremony.
FLAG RAISING followed immediately by
MIDSUMMER POLE RAISING
12 Noon, Outdoor Stage
Come and hear the national songs of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden while Miss Scandinavia and her court assist in the pageantry of the raising of the flags of these Scandinavian countries. Follow the Queen and her court to the Midsummer Pole while local men (and volunteers!) skillfully raise the Midsummer pole. Christine Smith and the dancers from VASA Youth of Portland will lead ring dancing. (In case of rain, flag raising will be moved to the Exhibit Hall.)
TUG OF WAR
1 P.M., Outdoors by Midsummer Pole
The Tug of War is back again this year and we hope that each Scandinavian Lodge will form a team of eight participants to compete at 1 PM on Saturday, June 16, in front of the Midsummer Pole. If you or someone you know would like to participate in this fun coed event, contact your favorite lodge and sign up! Each lodge will have its own signup sheet and you can also sign up during the festival at the Festival Souvenir booth. The prize for the Tug of War is the coveted “UFF DA” trophy!
LETTERS TO THE OLD COUNTRY
A History of the Finnish Brotherhood UFKB&S Astoria Lodge #2
1:00-2:15P.M., Dairy Barn, Enter Anytime
Written, produced and performed by Arnie Hummasti
This video presentation sponsored by Finnish Brotherhood includes music, vintage photos of the old country and early Astoria with fictional characters and real events. The script is based on letters to Finland from Astoria in the early 20th century. The presentation was originally presented in November 1981 on occasion of the the 95th anniversary of the Astoria Lodge. Come prepared to shed a tear or two. If you arrive late or leave early, please be considerate of other audience members.
KUBB EXHIBITION AND TOURNAMENT
1:30-3:30 P.M., in front of the MIDSUMMER POLE
Here’s your chance to participate in a sport activity at the Midsummer Festival! Kubb is pronounced “koob” and is a yard game of Scandinavian origins which has been played for about 1,000 years. Each year there is a world competition in Gotland, Sweden. The game is played between two teams with up to six people per team and consists of throwing baton-like pieces to knock over the blocks of the opposing team. Blocks that have been knocked over become guards for the remaining blocks. Each team throws six batons per turn. Once the guards are knocked down, the block is out of the game. Once a team has no targets, they knock down the king, who has been in the middle of the field the entire game. Prematurely knocking over the king is immediate loss. This game is much easier to play than picture in your head! Please show up at 1:30 P.M. on Saturday in front of the Midsummer Pole to join a team and be part of the Kubb exhibition. No prior skills are required. All are welcome.
SWEDISH MEATBALL EATING CONTEST
3:30 P.M., Exhibit Hall
Can’t get enough of those succulent Swedish meatballs? This contest is for you!!! Eight lucky contestants will have the opportunity to eat a plate of Swedish meatballs donated by the Scandinavian Café. The participant who eats the most meatballs in the allotted time wins the “Swedish” Prize!!! Sign up for this contest at the Festival Souvenir Booth.
DANISH ÆBLESKIVER EATING CONTEST
3:45 P.M., Exhibit Hall
The Danish Æbleskiver Eating Contest started at the 50th anniversary festival and was a big hit! Individuals will have two opportunities to participate in this event - 3 PM, on Saturday, June 16, in the Exhibit Hall, and 2:45 PM on June 17, also in the Exhibit Hall. Eight contestants are needed for each contest. Each of the contestants will eat a plate of Aebleskivers - delicious Danish doughnuts dusted with powdered sugar. Aebleskivers are donated by the Lower Columbia Danish Society. The first to finish the most Aebelskiver in the time limit will win a Danish Prize!!! Sign up at the Festival Souvenir Booth.
NORDIC VIKING DANCERS REUNION
4-5 P.M., Exhibit Hall
Did you dance with the Nordic, Viking or Scandia groups in the past? Can you remember Dudlepska and Little Man in a Fix? If not, it doesn’t matter. Come to the Dancers Reunion and socialize with your former dance partners. Afterwards, there will be reunion dancing on the arena stage with the current group of dancers. Kevin will call, in case you forgot.
served by Scandinavian Café of Vancouver, WA
4-7:00 P.M., Exhibit Hall
Buffet: Danish Pork Roulade (Danish style pork roast rolled with apricots and prunes), Danish Ham with Cream Sauce, Swedish Meatballs in Brown Cream Gravy, Medister Polse (Norwegian Pork Sausage), Braised Red Cabbage, Janneson’s Temptation (a traditional Swedish casserole made of potatoes, onions, pickled sprats, bread crumbs and cream), Garden Salad, Danish Smørrebrød (Open-Faced Sandwiches), Shrimp and Herring Salad , Nordic Cheeses, Fresh Baked Bread and Crisps, Cream Filled Pastry Shells drizzled in Dark Chocolate, Cookies and Pastries, Soda, Coffee & Bottled Water. $15.00 (Kids 6 and under: $7)
SVEN and OLE JOKE COMPETITION
AUDITION: 5:30 PM INFO/SOUVENIR BOOTH
PERFORMANCE: 8:15 PM ARENA (DURING INTERMISSION AT ARRIVAL/DREAMS CONCERT - See Below)
Are you talented enough to pull off a clever routine of three “Sven and Ole jokes? Meet at 5:30 PM, Saturday, June 15, to audition at the Souvenir booth with appropriate, family friendly jokes. Scandinavian accents are encouraged! Finalists will perform during intermission of the ARRIVAL/DREAMS, Canada’s Tribute to ABBA and Fleetwood Mac concert that starts at 7 PM on Saturday, June 16. (Extra ticket required) The winner(s) will win the “Lena” trophy. Sign up at the Festival Souvenir Booth
ARRIVAL & DREAMS
Canada’s Tribute to Fleetwood Mac and ABBA
7:30 -9 PM, Arena, doors open at 7 PM
This Special Event requires a special ticket. Tickets at the door are $17 for general admission, $37 for reserve seating in first five rows, and $27 for reserve seating in rows 5-16 . The concert ticket includes admission to the festival after 5 PM. Save $2 per ticket by purchasing tickets in advance at the Liberty Theater Box Office, 1203 Commercial, open 2-5:30 P.M., Wednesday though Saturday. Come for dinner and the concert! If you arrive before 5 PM, you will need to purchase a festival admission wrist band good for all three days. Ticket Pre-Sale at the Liberty Theater Box Office starts March 8.
SCANDINAVIAN BALL with SCANDINAVIAN COUNTRY
9-11 P.M., Exhibit Hall
Local favorite Coreen Bergholm will return with her band Scandinavian Country to provide music for dancing. Dance the Chicken Dance and Hokey Pokey and the locals’ favorites – the Butterfly and the Varsouvienne. It’s your turn to participate and dance a waltz, schottische, polka, snoa, humppa, or other favorite Scandinavian dance. There will be an occasional tango or hambo for the experts. Join the dancing or watch the dancers and listen to this great music.
3-day Button - Adult $8
3-day Button - Children (6-12 yrs.) $3
(5 and under free)
Clatsop County Fairgrounds
92937 Walluski Loop
Astoria, OR 97103
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Clatsop County Fairgrounds
$2 per day or
$5 weekend pass
No Pets Allowed
Only verifiable registered service animals will be permitted