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Below the following contact form, you will find our 2021 Press Resources to download and use for promotional purposes only, such as print-ready logos. When they become available, the new official posters and festival artwork will be posted here, so please check back.

To view names and photos of our staff and leadership, click here.
For more info about our Court, past and present, click here.
More information about festival events and performers, click here.
You can find all of our most recent press releases in the News section. Click here.

If you have a question regarding news articles or any other press concerns, please contact our publicist, Yvonne Sundstrom, by filling out the form below and clicking "send."

Thank you for your interest in this year's Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival!


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Members of the 2021 Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Court presented to the Lower Columbia Danish Society by Zoom last night. Traditions continue and a new Miss Scandinavia will be crowned June 18 via Livestream. ... See MoreSee Less

Members of the 2021 Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Court presented to the Lower Columbia Danish Society by Zoom last night. Traditions continue and a new Miss Scandinavia will be crowned June 18 via Livestream.

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Thank You, Lower Columbia Danish Society! Go Danes! The 2021 court did a great job!

Family and preserving heritage are what the Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival is all about. In the photos are three generations wearing the same Danish native wear. Junior Miss Denmark 2021 Salome, her mother Junior Miss Denmark 1999 Jodi, her grandmother Junior Miss Denmark 1975 Sonja, and her aunt Junior Miss Denmark 1996 Jessi. Quite amazing! Coronation for the 2021 Midsummer Festival Court will take place online on Friday, June 18. Stay tuned for details! ... See MoreSee Less

Family and preserving heritage are what the Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival is all about. In the photos are three generations wearing the same Danish native wear. Junior Miss Denmark 2021 Salome, her mother Junior Miss Denmark 1999 Jodi, her grandmother Junior Miss Denmark 1975 Sonja, and her aunt Junior Miss Denmark 1996 Jessi. Quite amazing! Coronation for the 2021 Midsummer Festival Court will take place online on Friday, June 18. Stay tuned for details!Image attachment

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So adorable. Love the heritage!!

How beautiful is this? So special! Congrats!

How do they keep that white hat crisp and clean?!?

Congrats Junior Miss Denmark 🇩🇰

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LORAN MATHEWS NAMED GRAND MARSHAL
OF SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL OPTOG PARADE

March 31, 2021, Astoria, OR - The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association has named Loran Mathews of Astoria as Grand Marshal for the 2021 Midsummer Festival Optog Parade. Because of the unresolved pandemic situation, this year’s Optog Parade will be a drive-by event held on Marine Drive in front of the Maritime Museum between 11 AM and 12 PM on Saturday, June 19.

Despite not being of Nordic heritage, Mathew’s involvement in the Midsummer Festival spans fifty years since 1972 when Ella Simonsen asked him to chair the parade committee. The next year Mathews became chairman of the festival and has since served as chair or co-chair many times and also as budget officer, logistics chair, downtown flags and signs chair, and is currently president of the non-profit Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association.

Mathews is originally from Newton, Kansas, but arrived in Astoria in 1958 when he served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He met Astoria native Corleen Johnson in 1959 and they married in 1963. Corleen shares her Norwegian heritage with Loran and he has been “Norwegian by marriage” for fifty-eight years now. Mathews enjoys the cultural aspects of the Midsummer Festival, its family orientation, and the opportunity to get together with friends. Mathews’ efforts over the years have helped ensure that the festival continues in an authentic style with an orientation towards family.

Loran and Corleen Mathews have two children who reside on the North Coast – Tara Johnson and Wade Mathews, and four grandchildren. Mathews is retired Director of Support Services for the Astoria School District and a former Astoria City Councilor. He currently serves on the City Budget Committee and as Treasurer for the Astoria/Warrenton Chamber of Commerce. He’s a motorman for the Astoria Trolley when it’s running and a member of the Sons of Norway lodge. Corleen was recently honored for her volunteer service to the community as a 2021 George Recipient by the Astoria/Warrenton Chamber of Commerce.

The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association will not hold an in-person festival in 2021 but there will be many virtual and drive-by events. Check the website www.AstoriaScanFest.org for details.
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LORAN MATHEWS NAMED GRAND MARSHAL 
OF SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL OPTOG PARADE 

March 31, 2021, Astoria, OR - The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association has named Loran Mathews of Astoria as Grand Marshal for the 2021 Midsummer Festival Optog Parade. Because of the unresolved pandemic situation, this year’s Optog Parade will be a drive-by event held on Marine Drive in front of the Maritime Museum between 11 AM and 12 PM on Saturday, June 19.  

Despite not being of Nordic heritage, Mathew’s involvement in the Midsummer Festival spans fifty years since 1972 when Ella Simonsen asked him to chair the parade committee. The next year Mathews became chairman of the festival and has since served as chair or co-chair many times and also as budget officer, logistics chair, downtown flags and signs chair, and is currently president of the non-profit Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association.   

Mathews is originally from Newton, Kansas, but arrived in Astoria in 1958 when he served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He met Astoria native Corleen Johnson in 1959 and they married in 1963. Corleen shares her Norwegian heritage with Loran and he has been “Norwegian by marriage” for fifty-eight years now. Mathews enjoys the cultural aspects of the Midsummer Festival, its family orientation, and the opportunity to get together with friends. Mathews’ efforts over the years have helped ensure that the festival continues in an authentic style with an orientation towards family. 

Loran and Corleen Mathews have two children who reside on the North Coast – Tara Johnson and Wade Mathews, and four grandchildren. Mathews is retired Director of Support Services for the Astoria School District and a former Astoria City Councilor. He currently serves on the City Budget Committee and as Treasurer for the Astoria/Warrenton Chamber of Commerce. He’s a motorman for the Astoria Trolley when it’s running and a member of the Sons of Norway lodge. Corleen was recently honored for her volunteer service to the community as a 2021 George Recipient by the Astoria/Warrenton Chamber of Commerce. 

The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association will not hold an in-person festival in 2021 but there will be many virtual and drive-by events. Check the website www.AstoriaScanFest.org for details.Image attachment

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A highly respected man of many talents!😎

Great choice! Loran is the perfect guy for grand marshal!

What a great article on Loran. He certainly deserves it. One of the most kindness people I have known. Loran & Corleen, what a super couple

A most deserved honor. Well done Loran! Congratulations!

Well deserved Loran! You are one of the best Norwegian civic leaders I ever worked with!

Love the 'Norwegian by marriage' ! Thankful for his service. 🙂

Well deserved Loran!!

Great selection!!!

Well deserved!!!!

Congratulations Loran.‼

Congrats LORAN. 👍

Awesome 👏🏼

Congratulations Loran!

Well done Loran!

Yeah loran!

Congratulations 🎉🎊 Loran

A wonderful man and community leader. Congratulations 👏👏😄

Good for you Loran!!

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