Princess Committee

Our Court Would Love to Speak to You!

The Festival Court is available to speak to your lodge or service organization. This is an excellent opportunity for you to support these young women as they practice communication skills, and puts you directly in touch with our Nordic future! Please use the form below to schedule a date.

Click here to learn more about each member of this year's Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Court.


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Mailing Address:

PO Box 34
Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: Marci Swenson - 503-298-7756


The 2024 Court spoke at the Sons of Norway in Gearhart today and then had time for a fun visit to Seaside! ... See MoreSee Less
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Senior Miss Finland Riley plays in the North Coast Symphonic Band and invites you all to today’s concert at 2 PM at the Liberty Theatre in Astoria. Her favorite piece is ABBA on Broadway, of course. Dancing Queen, I Have a Dream, Mana Mia, SOS, Knowing Me, Knowing You, Winner takes it All. And then come to the Mudsummer Festival on June 22 to hear ARRAIVAL, Canada’s Tribute to ABBA. Details on our website. ... See MoreSee Less
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WANTED: 400 straw hexes to throw in the bonfire at the Midsummer Festival. Come help and learn how to make them at 9:30 AM on May 11. Meet in the barn at the Henningsen Farm, 90834 Highway 202. No experience necessary! All ages welcome. The 2024 Festival Court will be there. ... See MoreSee Less
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Members of the festival committee met online and in person tonight to work on logistics and details for the 57th Annual Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. There will be openings on the festival committee for next year. Let us know if you have time and talent to VOLUNTEER! ... See MoreSee Less
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What's the difference between a May Pole and a Midsummer Pole? Both are traditionally decorated with flowers and greenery, symbolize nature and fertility, and have pagan roots. The May Pole probably originated in Roman Britain. It usually has ribbons that dancers weave into complex patterns. The May Pole is used to celebrate spring. The Midsummer Pole in the Nordic lands has a cross and two rings and is used to celebrate the longest day of summer. Dancers dance ring dances around the pole and the most well known dance is the frog dance from Sweden. You can see a Nordic Midsummer Pole at the Astoria Nordic Heritage Park any day of the year. Volunteers will raise an authentic Midsummer Pole at the 2024 Midsummer Festival and dance around it at 12 noon on Saturday, June 22, at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds. There will be live music and and a caller and you are all invited to participate. ... See MoreSee Less
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