2024 Scandinavian Court

2023 Senior Court

2023 Junior Court & Crown Bearer

Miss Finland, Olivia, was crowned Miss Scandinavia in June 2022. Miss Norway Raelee was runner-up and served as Lucia Bride in November 2022.

Miss Finland 2022 / Miss Scandinavia 2022

Olivia Esnard

Olivia Esnard lives in Warrenton and is a senior at Seaside High School. She is sponsored by Friends of Suomi Hall in Astoria and enjoyed previous festivals as an opportunity to make friends and eat good food. She was Junior Miss Finland in 2013, Senior Miss Finland in 2022, and participated many times in the parade of national folk wear. Olivia’s mother Sari was born in Finland and emigrated to the United States in the 1960’s. After high school, Olivia plans to study marine biology at Oregon State University.


Miss Norway 2023 / Miss Scandinavia 2023


The reigning Miss Scandinavia 2023 is Molly Oien Lindstrom, a senior at Astoria High School. She enjoys all aspects of the Midsummer Festival, especially the bonfire and dancing. Participating in court activities lead Molly to research her family history and connect with her ancestors’ heritage. Molly loves museums, art, performing, and is grateful to be part of the Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival community. After graduation, she will head to college to major in Musical Theatre or Public History.


Miss Denmark 2024


Ash attends Astoria High School and is sponsored by the Lower Columbia Danish Society. She was Junior Miss Denmark in second grade and dances with the Nordic Viking Dancers. Ash looks forward to meeting new friends at festival events and representing her Danish heritage from her father’s side of the family. Ash has already done lots of public speaking and community service through her involvement in 4-H. She hopes to attend college to become a teacher.


Miss Finland 2024


Riley is 2024 Senior Miss Finland and she is sponsored by Friends of Suomi Hall. Riley was Junior Miss Finland in 2014 and looks forward to getting reacquainted with the Midsummer Festival and its activities in 2024. Both sides of Riley’s family have Finnish ancestry and it was Riley’s grandmother who encouraged Riley to join the festival court. Riley’s mother is an avid pulla baker and Riley is learning how to make it too. Riley is a leader in her high school band and plays with the North Coast Symphonic Band. She plans on attending college after high school and majoring in anthropology and music.


Miss Sweden 2024


2024 Senior Miss Sweden is Audrey who attends Astoria High School and is sponsored by VASA Swedish Lodge #215. Audrey was a Nordic Viking dancer for a while and has been involved in many Midsummer Festival events while volunteering with her extended family. Audrey has Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish heritage from both sides of her family and maintains contact with cousins who live in Sweden. She loves gingersnaps from the Swedish booth, aebleskivers from the Danish booth, and chimniks! Audrey has played violin for thirteen years and is looking forward to festival events to help develop her speaking skills.


Miss Iceland 2024


Senior Miss Iceland 2024 is Maia who attends Astoria High School. She’s attended the Midsummer Festival ever since she was a child and enjoyed the Queen Coronation, the Midsummer Pole raising, and watching the dancers. Maia looks forward to serving on the court as a chance to understand her heritage better and make new friends. In addition to Icelandic heritage, Maia also has Norwegian and Swedish ancestors. Maia is active in theater in high school and plans to attend college to study psychology.


Miss Norway 2024


Sarah is 2024 Senior Miss Norway and she is sponsored by the Sons of Norway. Sarah attends Astoria High School and has been part of the Nordic Viking Dancers since 5th grade. Sarah helps with setting and cleaning up at the festival and in the Barnefest and raffle booths. She thinks that serving on the court will help her grow leadership skills and make new friendships. Sarah’s maternal grandmother is Norwegian and Sarah’s family makes all sorts of Scandinavian food. At school Sarah stays busy with cheerleading, theater, and Key Club and she plans to attend college to study accounting


Senior Court Chaperone 2024

Lindy Hartvigson

The 2024 Senior Court Chaperone is Lindy Hartvigson of Astoria who is employed by Astoria Schools as a librarian. She has fond festival memories of making aebleskiver in the Lower Columbia Danish Society Booth and attending the ARRIVAL Abba Tribute Band concert with her sister. Lindy and her sister wore matching shirts to the concert and sang and danced all evening. Lindy’s parents are both half Danish and her husband is Norwegian so there is lots of Scandinavian food in the home at the holidays. Lindy is honored to serve as chaperone to honor her heritage.

2024 Scandinavian Junior Court

Junior Miss Denmark 2024


Eleanor is 2024 Junior Miss Denmark and is sponsored by the Lower Columbia Danish Society. She attends school in Astoria and participated in last year’s Troll Run. Eleanor claims Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish heritage through her paternal and maternal grandparents. She takes gymnastic classes and lives in a home decorated with Scandinavian influences.


Junior Miss Finland 2024


Aspen is 2024 Junior Miss Finland. She attends school in Knappa and is sponsored by the Finnish Brotherhood. Aspen attended Suomi School the last two years and looks forward to learning more about her Finnish heritage at festival events. Junior Miss Finland likes science and basketball at school and spending time with family, friends, and animals outside of school.


Junior Miss Norway 2024


Cassie is 2024 Junior Miss Norway. She lives in Astoria and is sponsored by the Nidaros Chapter of the Sons of Norway. At past festivals she’s enjoyed the kids’ activities in the Barnefest and eating treats from the chimnik truck. Cassie dances with the Nordic Viking Dancers and gets her Norwegian heritage from her maternal grandparents.


Junior Miss Sweden 2024


2024 Junior Miss Sweden is Kairina (Nerenberg) who attends Astoria schools and is sponsored by VASA Swedish Lodge #215. She’s attended the Astoria Midsummer Festival since she was a baby and dances with the Nordic Viking dancers. Kairina likes wearing the beautiful folk costumes and eating chimnik ice cream when she gets too warm. Two of her aunts and a cousin have been on the Midsummer Court and she looks forward to her turn to represent her family and her heritage. Kairina’s family knows many details of their Finnish and Swedish heritage from their great-grandparents. Kairina is involved in her church, her family, and Scandinavian activities.


Crown Bearer 2024


Crown Bearer Thor attends Astoria schools and is sponsored by the Lower Columbia Danish Society. He loves dancing with the Nordic Viking Dancers, eating Scandinavian treats, and finding vendors with cool stuff at the Midsummer Festival. In addition to Danish, he’s also a bit Swedish.


Junior Court Chaperone 2024

Kathryn Lacy

Kathryn Lacy is the 2024 Junior Court Chaperone. She’s attended the Midsummer Festival since 2000 and her daughter was Senior Miss Denmark and the Lucia Bride in 2022. Her children danced with the Nordic Viking Dancers and she even did for a few years too. For the last two years, Kathryn has been a vendor at the festival. Kathryn claims Swedish and Danish heritage and has spent time in Scandinavia. Kathryn says, “The locals and people involved with the Midsummer Festival have given our family a great pride in who we are and where we come from. I can’t wait to be a part of the group in a new way.” Kathryn has nine children and lives on a farm in Olney with pigs, goats, sheep, cats, a puppy, and a horse.