"It started as a sidewalk sale and we decided to dress up as hippies. Now it's a big festival."

Lindsborg is celebrating the coming of spring in style — '60s style, that is, with their Lindsborg in Bloom celebration. This day-long event, held April 29 in downtown Lindsborg invites everyone get groovy and go back to the past with lots of entertainment.

“We’ll have food, music and costumes — and plenty for families to see and do,” said Liz Lahodny, one of the organizers of the event. Lahodny has been helping with the event since its inception.

This festival is in its fifth year and going strong.

“It’s like a spring flower. Every Lindsborg in Bloom is fresh," Lahodny said.

Over the past few years Lindsborg in Bloom has continued to grow and spread.

"It started as a sidewalk sale and we decided to dress up as hippies," Lahodny said. "Now it's a big festival."

Lindsborg in Bloom is an all-day event beginning at 10 a.m. with the Makers Street Market with crafts and vendors along Main Street. With no admission charge, the festival is cheap entertainment.

"Makers Street is an extension of our Art Walk we have once a month," organizer Tayla Mace said. "I love that all those are free."

Situated in Lindsborg's cobblestoned downtown, the celebration includes plenty of entertainment for all ages.

"There will be free crafts for kids including tie-dye shirts, wildflower seed bombs and headbands," Mace said.

At 8 p.m. the vendors on Main Street will pack up to make way for the evenings street dance, ending the festival with music and dancing. Music will be provided by “Soul Preachers.”

"There is always something happening in Lindsborg. Everyone is young at heart and they really embrace the collective ideas of people,” Lahodny said. “You can throw an idea out and someone will take it and run with it"

Lindsborg is known for its festivals. With Hyllningsfest in October, Millfest in May and the St. Lucia Festival in December, Lindsborg in Bloom is just one of many events in the hamlet known as "Little Sweden, USA."

"This festival is different because its roots aren’t associated with Swedish heritage," Lahodny said.

While inhabitants are proud of their Swedish heritage, this particular festival is unique.

"I love when everybody dresses up and really gets in to the spirit of being out in the community," Lahodny said.

Festival goers can ring in the coming of spring with peace, love and happiness. Bellbottoms and baby doll dresses will be the garb of choice.

"It a unique festival full of vibrancy; it’s a throwback to the ‘60s,’” Lahodny said.

For more information visit http://www.lindsborgcity.org/.