Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
Scandinavians celebrate the summer solstice - the longest day of the year - with a festival of music, flowers, and food in Estes Park the last weekend in June. Festivities begin on Saturday morning with the raising of the Maypole and a colorful opening ceremony. Entertainment by folk dance groups and Scandinavian musicians. Scandinavian food and crafts of all kinds available. All daytime activities of the festival are free and open to the public. Bond Park in center of Downtown, Saturday 9:30am to 5pm. Sunday 9:30am to 4pm. Free.
The celebration begins at 9:30 am Saturday morning with the raising of the Maypole, followed by a Grand March entrance at 10:00 am. Costumed representatives from each of the five Scandinavian countries enter the park carrying the flag of their country and the national anthems are played. Dancing and live music continue all day, including dances with the opportunity for audience participation.
New in 2014 will be a Volvo and Saab vintage auto show, located at the bus pull-of adjacent to the park on Elkhorn. A fashion show of the various Scandinavian folk costumes is planned for both days.
In addition, there will be a large art and craft fair. Some exhibitors will be selling traditional Scandinavian food, baked goods, decorations and hand-made crafts. The folk-art of decorative painting on wood – called rosemaling in Norway and dalamaling in Sweden – will be represented. Exhibitors will also feature hand-crafted items such as pottery, fabric, woodworking, jewelry, painting, metal work, photography, glass and more. Every exhibitor will include Scandinavian inspired or traditional work as part of their collection.
In the Craft Tent there will be demonstrations in Norwegian hardangar, Swedish huck embroidery, spinning, rosemaling, and flower wreath making for the children. At the Lefse Tent one can learn how to prepare these famous thin Norwegian potato pancakes. The Fjellborg Vikings of Colorado are a big draw for the children. There will be swordsmanship, traditional crafts and daily life demonstrations at the historically correct encampment. The traditional church service in Bond Park is planned for Sunday morning at 10:00 am. In addition to all this, there will be a silent auction and a raffle. First prize is round trip air fare for two from Denver to Scandinavia on Iceland Air. There are 4 $100 gift certificates donated by IKEA.
The festival is free to attend and wheelchair accessible. Parking and restrooms are located adjacent to the park. After taking a year off the Estes Park Scandinavian Midsummer Festival is back in full swing, and is under new sponsorship by the Town of Estes Park.