Svensk Hyllningsfest, a biennial festival created to honor the Swedish settlers of the Smoky Valley, will be Oct. 4-5 in Lindsborg.
Residents and those visiting will experience a weekend of all things Swedish including dancing, food, arts and crafts and musical entertainment.
The two-day festival kicks off Friday morning with arts and crafts tents opening at 9 a.m.
Throughout the day, children and residents of Lindsborg will display authentic Swedish dancing on the main stage and long-time residents, Marvin and Liz Johnson will be crowned Hyllningsfest royalty at the opening ceremony at 1:30 p.m.
Friday evening has many highlights, including festival favorite Smorgasbord. Smorgasbord is a buffet with three settings, 5, 6:30 and 8 p.m., featuring Swedish food prepared by members of the community from recipes handed down from early Swedish settlers. Admittance to Smorgasbord is by ticket only. Tickets for Smorgasbord are $25 and can be purchased by visiting our website www.svenskhyllningsfest.org.
Friday night entertainment will be the highly attended Smoky Valley Men’s Chorus at Bethany Lutheran Church, men’s choruses are a long-standing Swedish tradition and outstanding vocals are easy to come by in the Smoky Valley Area. Jazz at the J.O., will be the first event held in the newly built J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center. The show will feature The Mike Steinel jazz quintet, from Denton, TX and Steve Benson, Swedish comedian and storyteller.
Everyone loves a parade and this year’s is no exception. The Grand Parade begins at 10 am, Saturday morning. Lindsborg is proud to welcome KWCH weatherman Ross Jansen and weather dog Millie as Grand Marshalls of the parade. The parade will feature several Kansas dignitaries, floats and some of the finest marching bands in Kansas.
After the parade stroll through arts & crafts booths, take in Swedish dancing, watch and learn at Swedish food demonstrations, enjoy a treat from one of the many food vendors while children can participate in the children’s games.
As the festival draws to a close, performing Saturday evening at Bethany College’s Presser Hall is featured entertainment, Swedish Folk group LYY. Direct from Sweden, LYY is high-energy group performing traditional Swedish folk music with flare. The music, much written by the band themselves, is expressed through words and the combination of violin, guitar and nyckelharpa. Tickets are $10 each, ($7 with button) and can be purchased online at www.svenskhyllningsfest.org.
Plan to bring the family for a weekend of cultural learning and fun at the Svensk Hyllningsfest, October 4-5, 2013 in Lindsborg, KS. For more information please visit our website at www.svenskhyllningsfest.org or find us on Facebook, search for Svensk Hyllningsfest.