Celebrate local Scandinavian heritage with food, crafts and entertainment at Junction City's 58th Scandinavian Festival. Thursday is Norwegian Day, Friday is Swedish Day, Saturday is Danish Day and Sunday is Finnish Day. Three stages of entertainment are filled with choral and instrumental groups, folk dancers and informational presentations. Find unusual handicrafts of Scandinavian culture such as Hardanger Embroidery, bobbin lace and Rosemaling. Vendors sell homemade paintings, woodcrafts, jewelry and more. Get classic fair food such as caramel corn and cotton candy, but be sure not to miss the Danish favorite, aebleskivers!
Processional and opening ceremonies start at 10 a.m. on Thursday on the Festival Park Stage, with a demonstration from the Long Tom Knit/Spin Group on the Archway Stage. Some highlights on the schedule include an aebleskiver making demonstration at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, 1 p.m. on Friday and at noon on Saturday and Sunday; "Let's speak Swedish" at 1 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday, 1:30 p.m. on Friday and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday; the opportunity to take a photo with a troll, everyday at 1:30 p.m.; and nightly closing ceremonies with the pageant "How the Gods Got Their Treasure" on the Festival Park Stage, at 9 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday and 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Junction City historical museums The Dr. Norman L. Lee House Museum and The Mary E. Pitney House Museum will be open daily during the Scandinavian Festival from 1 - 5 p.m.
Also be sure to check out the Scandia Run 10K and 5K Run/Walk on Saturday morning!