2020 Scanfest Princess Announcement

The 2020 Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Court will be introduced to the community at 7 PM on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at Astoria High School. Please join us in welcoming our new ambassadors of the 53rd Annual Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. The Nordic Viking Scandia Dancers will perform and refreshments will be served. The presentation of the 2020 court is free …

Nordic Lights Benefit Dinner

Planning for our upcoming Nordic Lights Benefit Dinner is going well! Nordic Lights Benefit Dinner for the Astoria Nordic Heritage Park Capital Campaign Saturday, March 28, 2020 Carruthers Restaurant 1198 Commercial, Astoria OR $150 per person; reservations required; tip is included. Nordic attire is encouraged. Cocktails at 5 PM Special cocktails benefiting the project cost $15 and include Snow Drop, Viking Blood, …

Park Fundraising Tops $750,000!

Astoria Nordic Heritage Park committee members cheered as committee chair Judi Lampi gave Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association president Loran Mathews $99.01 in cash bringing total funds raised for Astoria Nordic Heritage Park to $750,000 or three-quarters of a million dollars. Committee members have been working since 2015 on this project. The design and engineering phases of the project are finished, …

2020 Scanfest Entertainers!

Kardemimmit from Finland Ancient instruments and angelic vocals Kardemimmit takes you to a journey into the Finnish Midsummer’s magical night where the sun doesn’t set at all. The air is filled with the ancient mystery of time standing still and the nature is heartbreakingly beautiful at the peak of its bloom. Kardemimmit – sound of the Finnish forest Kardemimmit is …

Nordic Park Gets Oregon Heritage Commission Grant

The Oregon Heritage Commission has awarded the Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association a grant of $20,000 towards the construction of Astoria Nordic Heritage Park. The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon’s heritage who have been appointed by the Governor. Rosemary Johnson, former City Planner for the City of Astoria and former consultant for the Nordic Park Project, is …

Santa Lucia 2019!

The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association presents the annual Sankta Lucia Festival of Lights at 7 PM on Friday, November 29th, at the Astoria High School Auditorium and Commons. In the Nordic countries, Lucia is traditionally celebrated on December 13th, the shortest day of the year in older calendars. Lucia was honored with sainthood for carrying food and drink to the hungry …

2019 Festival Photos Are Here!

We have just added to our already huge collection of festival photographs, with 26 brand new galleries! Please visit our newly updated Photo Galleries page and enjoy a trip back through most of the events of the 2019 Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, as well as our Court and Nordic Dancers at Long Beach’s Loyalty Days and the Warrenton 4th of …

And We Have a Winner…

The 2019 Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival was another huge success! We crowned our newest Miss Scandinavia, Sofia Morrill, who was this year’s Miss Finland, and have our 2019 Santa Lucia Bride, Miss Denmark, Isabel Talley. And there we lots of other winners at this year’s festival: The Running of the Trolls winners for fastest adult male, adult female, and kid, …

Tradition is king at 52nd Annual Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

By Patty Hardin For Coast Weekend Jun 20, 2019 Tradition links us to the past and unites us in the present. Now, with more than 50 festivals under its belt, the Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival is a showcase for the depth of traditions. This year’s 52nd Annual festival is held at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23, …

Nordic Park in Astoria Halfway to Funding Goal

Nordic Park in Astoria Halfway to Funding Goal Project planned for Peoples Park By Katie Frankowicz, The Daily Astorian As a man dressed as a mountain troll waylays the unsuspecting in a time-honored tradition at the 52nd Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival this weekend, a park celebrating the region’s Nordic heritage is about halfway to its funding goal. The committee behind …