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Estes Park Scandinavian Midsummer Festival June 25-26

By: Cathy Allen, Festival Director

Estes Park will be celebrating their annual Scandinavian Midsummer Festival on Saturday June 25th from 9:30-5, and Sunday the 26th from 9:30-4. It is being held downtown at Bond Park, located at the intersection of E. Elkhorn (Rte. 36) and MacGregor.

Scandinavian Midsummer is a colorful festive event of flowers, food, music and dance. It has its roots in the celebration of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Midsummer festivities center around the Maypole, a 20 foot tall pole decorated with flowers. Dancers and musicians encircle the pole with lively music and dancing. In Scandinavia, the revelry continues well into the sunny night.

This years entertainment includes the Lindsborg Swedish Folkdanslag, Norwegian Society of Texas Leikarringen, Mikko Koski with his birdflute, Muggyʼs Uff Da Band, and the Young Swedish Singers from Skåne, Sweden.

The Fjellborg Viking Re-enactors will be there with their encampment and museum quality reproductions of chests, tools, carvings, weapons and armor. They will be demonstrating various Viking craft and combat skills. Sam Shoults will be returning with his Viking boat, the Yrsa. It is a 27 foot replica of a six-oarsman deck ship found on the Gokstad burial ship housed in Oslo. He will be sailing it on Lake Estes around 1 p.m. on Friday, June 24.

For more information, a schedule of events and demonstrations, or photos, please visit www.estesmidsummer.com. or phone 303-449-9596.

 

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