In August of 2013, the people of Junction City, Oregon will celebrate the 53rd Scandinavian Festival.
Whether you prefer to participate or just observe, the Scandinavian Festival offers a wide variety of events for the whole family. Trolls and Vikings stroll through the streets posing for pictures and playing pranks. There are 3 stages of entertainment filled with choral and instrumental groups, folk dancers that perform and instruct, and lots of informational demonstrations and presentations throughout the four days of Festival. Visitors can find unusual handcrafts such as Hardanger Embroidery, bobbin lace, and Rosemaling displayed and sold among the paintings, woodcrafts and jewelry. The food offered has something for everyone, from the aebelskivers to Viking burgers. There is no entry fee and the entertainment is free, visitors pay only for food or craft items.
Authentic Scandinavian dancing is one of the most popular attractions at the Festival. We have 3 stages, and (like all entertainment at the Festival) all performances are free. In addition to several Junction City groups, we are often joined by others from Portland, Seattle, and California. Most years we are also able to feature dance ensembles from outside the United States; mostly from Scandinavia. And for a real treat, don’t miss the four children’s dance groups! They learn the dances at the beginning of each summer and give 2 performances each day.
During the Festival you’ll have many opportunities to see traditional crafts demonstrated outside the Art Show.. They are listed in the program for each day, so be sure to look for them. Among the many crafts you’ll see are hardanger embroidery, bobbin lace, and tatted lace. Watching what it takes to produce it is a wonderful experience in this day of machine-manufactured goods.
Scandinavian Meatball Dinner
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday 4:00-8:00
Served at the Moose Lodge next to the Festival at the corner of 4th and Front Streets.
Dinner includes Swedish meatballs, parsley potatoes, red cabbage, roll and apple crisp. COST: $10.00 for adults and $7.50 for children under 12 years. There is a Breakfast Buffett Friday thru Sunday from 8:00-11:00am. COST: $7.00 adults, $3.50 kids 6-10 5-under are free.
Oregon Wines & Microbrew Terrace
OPEN Thursday- Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. & Sunday: Noon to 8:00 p.m.
Located under the water tower at 7th and Front Streets. This is a great place to rest awhile during your stay. Special “Community Night Dinner” the day before the Festival opens on Wednesday from 6:00-8:00. The Wine Terrace is a benefit for the Soroptimists.
RUN and WALK:The 10-kilometer course is flat and fast. It is basically out and back with a loop in the middle. It is important to stay to the right side of the road. No motor vehicles and no bikes will be allowed on the course.
The not-competitive 4.4 mile walk is open to all ages and levels of fitness. The walk will start five minutes after the start of the 10k run. NEW this year is the Team Competition.
PARKING & FACILITIES:
Parking will be available at the High school (11 blocks west of Lyle day Park) Parking around Lyle day park will be congested. Please do not park on Deal Street between 4th and Dane Lane. Restrooms and showers will be open at Junction City High School from 6:00 am to 11:00 am. Bring your own towel. Port-a-pots will be at the race start/finish area.
Located at 7th & Holly St.
- Thurs: 11am to midnight – music begins at 8:30 (no cover charge)
- Friday: 11am to midnight – music begins at 9:00 ($5 cover charge at 8pm)
- Saturday: 11am to midnight – music begins at 8:30 ($5 cover charge at 8pm)
- Sunday: 11am to close
The beer garden is a fundraiser for the Eugene Airport Rotarians.