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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Svensk Hyllningsfest honors Swedish heritage

  • Lindsborg's Svensk Hyllningsfest took place last Friday and Saturday.
    The festival, whose name translates to “Swedish honoring festival,” is a community wide event intended to celebrate the Swedish pioneers who settled the Smoky Valley in 1868 through 1869.
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  • Lindsborg's Svensk Hyllningsfest will take place this Friday and Saturday.
    The festival, whose name translates to "Swedish honoring festival," is a community wide event intended to celebrate the Swedish pioneers who settled the Smoky Valley in 1868 through 1869.
    Among the events are a grand parade, Swedish folk dancing, traditional Swedish food demonstrations and samplings, a Coronado Heights run, a Scandinavian smorgasbord and a concert wrapping up Saturday night by the Swedish folk musical group Lyy.
    Hyllningsfest Chairman Doug Malm said that it takes a lot of dedicated committee members to make a Hyllningsfest happen.
    "It's a challenge to put on a festival of this magnitude," Malm said. "From the end of the last one we're already working hard on the next one."
    The festival also encompasses Lindsborg's Homecoming, with the king and queen crowned during the festival, Malm said.
    "The crowning ceremony is a fall tradition," Malm said, "and we have a committee of 22 members who decide it."
    Saturday evening's entertainment will be the Lyy concert, which will take place at 8 p.m. at Presser Hall on the Bethany College campus.
    Malm said the group's appearance at the festival was an exciting new addition.
    "We'll be having a lot of people traveling some distance to get to Hyllningsfest," Malm said, "and we think this group will be very entertaining."
    Doors for the Lyy concert will open at 7 p.m. Those with Svensk Hyllningsfest support buttons will pay $7 a ticket, while those without a button will pay $10.
    Svensk Hyllningsfest is free to attend, and event support buttons can be purchased for $5 each.
    Tickets for the smorgasbord are $25 each, and any remaining will be sold at the information booth located at 118 North Main Street during the festival.
    Malm said he is very excited to see people come in from surrounding communities.
    "We are proud of our Swedish heritage," Malm said, "and we want to preserve it for future generations. The first Svensk Hyllningsfest in 1941 was organized as a tribute to the Swedish settlers who stayed and continued building lives here, and that's what we are still doing today. We invite people to come to Lindsborg and experience our community and businesses."
    For more information on Svensk Hyllningsfest including a full events schedule, visit www.svenskhyllningsfest.org.

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