June 20, 2020
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. $12.00 (Kids 6 and under: $5)
RUNNING OF THE TROLLS
Thanks to our primary sponsor: Columbia Memorial Hospital
8:30 A.M., Walluski Area
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 AM on Saturday in the Main Entry Hall.
9:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M., Arena (Some vendors may stay open to 9 PM.)
Visit the midsummer vendors to find specialty Scandinavian items and handcrafted treasures. Many booths offer Scandinavian food items for your dining and snacking pleasure.
Be sure to buy raffle tickets for the $1,000 cash prize and many other fine prizes donated by the Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association and festival vendors.
9 A.M.-4 P.M., Horse Arena
Jackie and Larry Taylor of Yelm, Washington will show their Icelandic horses in the horse arena next to the Midsummer Pole.
10 A.M.-6:45 P.M., Arena
8:00 A.M.-6:15 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 admission table or view one of the posted schedules to find your favorite band, singer, or dance troupe.
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. The Squeezer and Geezer and friends will entertain at 2 and 4 PM.
11 A.M. – 5:00 P.M., Arena
Young festival attendees can participate in children’s activities in the Barnefest area. Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult. A skit titled “The Queen’s Necklace: A Swedish Folktale” by Jane Langon will be presented at 1:30 and 3 :30 PM.
OPTOG - 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 parade through the arena and festival grounds to the outdoor stage for the Flag Raising and Midsummer Pole ceremony. Grand Marshal is Nettie Blair.
12:00 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. (In case of rain, flag raising will be moved to the Exhibit Hall.)
MIDSUMMER POLE RAISING & DANCING
12:30 P.M (Approx.) Midsummer Pole
After Flag Raising, follow the Queen and her court to the Midsummer Pole to watch sturdy men and women volunteers skillfully raise the Midsummer Pole. The Polka Dots will play live music for dancing around the Midsummer Pole led by Eva Moore with song dances sung by Anna-Karin Lindberg Rednoske. All are welcome to join in!
TUG OF WAR
1 P.M., Outdoors by Midsummer Pole
Teams of eight will vie to be champion. Participants must be in good health and sign a waiver.
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 a yard game of Scandinavian origins which has been played for about 1,000 years. No prior skills are required. All are welcome.
2 Shows: 1:30 and 3:30 P.M., Barnefest Area
A skit titled “The Queen’s Necklace: A Swedish Folktale” by Jane Langton will be presented twice only on Saturday.
READER'S THEATER: From the Suomi Hall Attic
2 Shows: 2:00 and 4:00 P.M., Dairy Barn
Funding from the Clatsop County Cultural Coalition and Oregon Cultural Trust makes it possible for us to present this year’s readers theater production. Finnish immigrant Sirpa Duoos of Astoria read over a dozen scripts from the attic at Suomi Hall that were performed in the early years of the lodge. She selected one to translate to English. ChrisLynn Taylor of the Astor Street Opry auditioned, selected a cast, and lead rehearsals in preparations for this year’s Readers Theater selection: Love and Politics.
SWEDISH MEATBALL EATING CONTEST
2 Shows: 2:00 and 4:00 P.M., Exhibit Hall
Yum! How many Swedish meatballs can you eat in five minutes with your hands behind your back? The champion will win a prize. Participants must be in good health and sign a waiver. 18 or older.
ÆBLESKIVER EATING CONTEST
3:45 P.M., Exhibit Hall
How many Æbleskiver (Danish donuts) can you eat in five minutes with your hands behind your back? The champion will win an Æbleskiver’s pan and recipe. Participants must be in good health and sign a waiver. 18 or older.
NORDIC VIKING DANCERS AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION
4:30 P.M., Exhibit Hall
Did you dance with the Nordic, Viking or Scandia groups in the past or are you a visiting Scandinavian or folk dancer? Join the Nordic Viking Scandia dancers at the end of their Saturday afternoon performance.
PARADE OF NATIONAL FOLK WEAR
5:00 P.M., Exhibit Hall
Are you curious about the lovely costumes worn by representatives of the Scandinavian countries? Come and see and hear them explained in a fashion show with live models.
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), Banke Kød (Danish Roast Beef in Bay Leaf Brown Gravy), 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. $16.00 (Kids 6 and under: $7)
SCANDINAVIAN DANCE CONTESTS
7:00-8:00 P.M., Arena
Dance contests used to be a big deal in the early years of the Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. We’re reviving them this year and invite you to participate or watch as participants in three age groups show their best waltz, polka, schottische, and hambo. Prizes will be awarded! Scandinavian Country will provide the music. Stay afterwards for the open dance in the arena.
SCANDINAVIAN BALL with SCANDINAVIAN COUNTRY
8-10 P.M., Exhibit Hall
Local favorite Coreen Bergholm will return with her band Scandinavian Country to provide music for dancing. Join the dancing or watch the dancers and listen to this great music.
3-day Wristband - Adult $8
3-day Wristband - 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