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Swedish Day 2016

  • Good Templar Park 528 East Side Drive Geneva, IL, 60134 United States (map)

Celebrating Midsummer Since 1911

Swedish Day (Svenskarnas Dag, Inc.) is the Midwest's oldest Midsummer festival, dating back to 1911. Swedish Day is held on the 3rd Sunday of June at Good Templar Park in Geneva, IL. This ethnic festival, organized by the Swedish Day Committee of  IOGT, has entertained the Fox Valley area for generations. Come out for the day and enjoy beautiful Good Templar Park! This family event has something for everyone: Arts & Crafts Fair, Scandinavian Food, Maypole Celebration, Live Music, Children's Choir, etc.

Location

528 East Side Drive
Geneva, IL 60134

 

Swedish Day 2016

Admission

  • Adults -- $5
  • Children 12 and under free
  • People dressed in Traditional Scandinavian Folk Costumes also free.

Schedule

9:00AM

  • Gates Open

9:30AM

  • Viking Encampment

10:00AM

  • Children's Games start (run all day)
  • Viking ship tours from 10am to 5pm, every 15-20 minutes.
  • Worship Service (at Main Stage)
    Presider: Rev. Don Lindman
    Special Music: Swedesong Girls Ensemble, Lynnie Hoffman, Piano

11:00AM

  • Viking Ship Presentation

12 Noon

  • Cottage Walk
  • Viking Ship Presentation
  • Maypole Raising & Dancing
    Procession: Christopher Karl (Violin), Margaret Lekander (Violin), Swedish American Children's Choir, Nordic Folk Dancers of Chicago, Dance Leaders: Linda & Paul Muhr

1:00PM

  • Cottage Walk
  • Viking Ship Presentation
  • Opening Ceremony (at Main Stage)
    Procession of Flags
    Posting of Colors: Boy Scout Troop #1, St. Charles
    National Anthems: Marguerite Karl, Soprano
    Welcome: Carl Gustafson, President, Swedish Day 2016
    Remarks: Honored Guests
    Introduction of Performers & Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Paul R. Muhr

1:15PM

  • Main Program
    Swedish American Children’s Choir (1:15pm)
    Nordic Folk Dancers of Chicago (1:45pm)
    Annual Lutefisk Toss (2:15pm)
    ABBA Salute (2:45pm) 
    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!!
    (All Sound for the Day provided by MIDWEST BEST DJ’S)

2:00PM

  • Cottage Walk

3:00PM

  • Cottage Walk
  • Viking Ship Presentation

4:00PM

  • 50/50 Raffle Drawing
  • Viking Ship Presentation
  • LAST Cottage Walk

All Day

  • Enjoy Swedish Delicacies from the Restaurant and our "Kaffe Stuga"
  • Children's games
  • Crafts
  • Viking Encampment

Attractions

  • Maypole Celebration and Raising (12 Noon)
  • Cottage (Stuga) Walk (Hourly, from 11:00AM to 4:00PM)
  • See the summer homes designed after Swedish Stugas
  • Enjoy the lush landscape surrounding our Stugas
  • Carnival Games (all day)
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • Arts & Craft Fair

Entertainment

  • Swedish American Children’s Choir
  • Nordic Folk Dancers of Chicago
  • Annual Lutefisk Toss
  • ABBA Salute

Food

  • Fried Herring Breakfast
  • Swedish Pancake Breakfast
  • Swedish Coffee Bread
  • Swedish Meatball Dinner
  • Sloppy Joes (or Yoes), Hamburgers, Hot Dogs
  • Almond Tarts (Mazariner)

For Kids

  • Moon Jump
  • Children's Crafts
  • Children's Races
  • Face Painting
  • Swedish Education for children
  • Swedish mini golf
  • Cane toss
  • Moon Walk

Contact

If you would like more information, please call 847-845-2640 or contact us by email.

Later Event: June 19
Viking Ship