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Midsummer's Day, a traditional Swedish festival celebrated

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Midsummer's Day, a traditional Swedish festival celebrated

Celebrate Lindsborg’s ―Midsummer’s Day Festival‖

    Midsommardag ’07

    Press Release

    CONTACT:

    Mike Rodriquez

    (785) 227-2928

    msd07@littleswedenusa.com

    http://www.midsummersday.org/

    rdMay 23, 2007 For Immediate Release

    "Midsummer Festival to be held on Saturday, June 16th.”

     rd LINDSBORG, KS Mark your calendars for the 3 weekend in June, as Midsummer’s Day,

    a traditional Swedish festival celebrated worldwide, returns to Lindsborg: Little Sweden USA, the thweekend of June 16. This festival, held to celebrate the beginning of summer, is one of the most popular of all Swedish celebrations, and Lindsborg is proud to host this fun-filled family oriented thSwedish-American festival. Now in its 36 year, Lindsborg’s 2007 Midsummer’s Day promises to be tha fun-filled day for everyone in the family! This year’s Midsummer’s will honor the 15 anniversary of

    the establishment of sister city ties between Munkfors, Sweden and Lindsborg.

This year, very special guests will be performing at Midsummer’s. From Sweden, we welcome the

    Tiny Toads, a musical group with ties to Lindsborg. In addition, honorary Lindsborg citizen Alf Brorson, an award winning international author, will speak. Of course, the high school group Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers and the adult Lindsborg Folkdanslag dancers will also be performing the weekend of Midsummer’s.

    While the dancing is large part of what makes Midsummer’s enjoyable for the whole family, there’s much more happening at Lindsborg’s Midsummer’s Day Festival. There will be a vending area

    featuring a wide variety of arts & crafts, and in addition, a number of food vendors will provide food and drink for visitors.

There will be other entertainment throughout the day, including a full slate of children’s activities,

    including crafts, games, stories, and more. There will also be a preview of Lindsborg’s premiere

    outdoor theatre, Broadway RFD, that will be performing Damn Yankees this summer. Throughout

    the day, many Lindsborg residents will be dressed in traditional Swedish costumes, adding to the atmosphere of Midsummer’s Day.

    From 4 to 7pm visitors are invited to downtown Lindsborg where they will find entertainment, fine dining and shopping.

The Midsummer’s Day celebration continues in the evening, moving from Swensson Park to the

    Old Mill Heritage Complex. There, visitors will experience the music of the Tiny Toads, followed

    by the traditional raising of the maypole, concluding with traditional Swedish dances.

    *New* Downtown Lindsborg Merchants are hosting their Midsummer’s Madness event the day of thMidsummer’s. On Saturday, June 16, Midsummer’s attendees are encouraged to take the short walk from the park to downtown where they can both experience more of what Lindsborg has to offer as well as enter into a drawing for a fine piece of artwork made by a local artist.

    Attendees will receive a coupon that needs to be marked by 3 participating merchants and then deposited at Axels, downtown Lindsborg. The lucky winner of the drawing will receive a fine piece of Swedish Folk Art, a Valkommen sign painted in Kurbit design by Carla J Wilson

    (www.flipartlindsborg.com).

     Carla’s art may be purchased at Axels, the Swedish Country Inn and the Old Grind, all in downtown

    Lindsborg, or from her website. An image of the piece being awarded as the prize this year is available: http://www.midsummersday.org/images/msd07-mm.jpg

    *New* Children’s activities have been enhanced and expanded this year. The young ones will be sure to enjoy games such as the Lutefisk toss and Swede Ball. There will also be miniature Maypole decorating, face painting, and lots more; be sure to see the expanded children’s schedule elsewhere

    in this press release. This year truly promises fun for the whole family!

    Admission for the day’s events (not including the Smörgåsbord) is $5 adult, $3 children ages 4 to 10, and youth under age 4 will be admitted free. This price includes the evening’s entertainment at the Old Mill.

Midsummer’s Activities & Events Details

    While the Swedish Folk Dances are a large part of what makes Midsummer’s enjoyable for the whole family, there’s much more happening at Lindsborg’s Midsummer’s Day Festival. For the little ones, there’s a full slate of activities planned, including games such as the lutefisk toss as well the always popular face painting. In addition, there will be a vending area featuring a wide variety of arts & crafts, as well as a food court where a number of food vendors will provide food and drink. In addition, a number of local dining establishments are located nearby in Lindsborg’s downtown.

    There will be other entertainment throughout the day, including a Swedish folk dress fashion show, family games and a preview of Lindsborg’s premiere outdoor theatre, Broadway RFD, who will be performing Damn Yankees this summer. Throughout the day, many Lindsborg residents will be

    dressed in traditional Swedish costumes, adding to the atmosphere of Midsummer’s Day.

    From 4 to 7pm visitors are invited to downtown Lindsborg where they will find entertainment, fine dining and shopping.

    The Midsummer’s Day celebration continues in the evening, moving from Swensson Park to the Old Mill Heritage Complex. There, visitors will experience the music of the Tiny Toads, followed

    by the traditional raising of the maypole, concluding with traditional Swedish dances

Friday, Sunday Activities & Events

The activities around Midsummer’s aren’t limited to Saturday. On Friday morning at 10am, Alf

    Brorson will be doing a book reading and signing at the Bethany Church Fellowship Hall.

    On Friday evening, from 8 to 10pm the Tiny Toads will perform as part of the street dance, held in

    downtown Lindsborg.

    On Sunday, the traditional Vesper’s Service at Bethany Lutheran Church will start at 4:30, followed by a potluck dinner. Alf Brorson will be the guest preacher, and the Tiny Toads will provide the

    music.

MIDSUMMER'S DAY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 2007

     15TH ANNIVERSARY OF SISTER CITIES, LINDSBORG KS & MUNKFORS, VÄRMLAND FRIDAY EVENING, 15 JUNE 2007

    10:00am - Alf Brorson, Reading & Book signing, Bethany Church Fellowship Hall

     Sponsored by; The Sister City committee & The Swedish Friendship Group 8:00pm - 10:00pm Street Dance,

     Featuring Guest Group from Munkfors Sweden "Tiny Toads"

     Open to the Public, Free will donation at the gates MIDSUMMER'S DAY, 16 JUNE 2006

    Swensson Memorial Park, 400 BLK North Main`

    9:00 - PARK OPENS, GATE ADMISSION $5 age 11 and up; $3 age 4-10; 3 and under, free.

     WRIST BAND GETS YOU INTO BOTH NORTH & SOUTH PARK EVENTS CHILDREN’S AREA OPEN 9AM - 3PM CRAFTS, (SKITS & STORY TELLING 11:15 - 11:45), GAMES- (everyone wins a prize), WEAVING, AND WATER FUN. Details below, on next page. 9:30-10:30 Opening Procession

     National Anthems

     Tiny Toads - Swedish

     Swedish Folk Dancers - American

     Greetings and Introductions

     Introduction of Midsummer's Committee Members

     Mayoral Welcome - Judy Neuschafer

    10:30 -11:00 Tiny Toads, special program written just for our Midsummer's Celebration 11:00 -11:30 Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers

    11:30 -12:00 Tales from the old country with Ole, Sven & Friends 12:00 -12:30 Lindsborg Folkdanslag

    12:30 -12:45 Family Dance Games

    12:45 - 1:00 Alf Brorson, "Sweden and the Swedes"

    1:00 - 1:30 Broadway RFD Preview- DAMN YANKEES- DIRECTOR CODY WHETSTONE

    1:30 - 2:00 Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers

    2:00 - 2:30 Senior Ladies Ensemble

    2:30 - 2:45 Folk Dräkt style show

    2:45 - 3:15 Lindsborg Folkdanslag

    3:15 - 3:30 Family Dance Games

    3:30 - 4:00 Tiny Toads

Downtown Lindsborg

    4:00 7:00 Entertainment, shopping and dining.

SWEDISH SMÖRGÅSBORD 5:00 -Bethany College Union

    TICKETS AVAILABLE $17.50 ADULTS, $10.00 CHILDREN FROM LINDSBORG SWEDISH FOLK DANCERS BILL TAYLOR - TREASURER - lsfdtreasurer@cox.net or 402-768-8418 or

     PO Box 242, Lindsborg KS 67456

    EVENING EVENTS

    OLD MILL HERITAGE COMPLEX, 120 Mill St. (South Park)

    6:30 PARK OPENS, GATE ADMISSION $5 age 11 and up; $3 age 4-10; 3 and under, free.

     WRIST BAND GETS YOU INTO BOTH NORTH & SOUTH PARK EVENTS 6:30 - 7:30 Tiny Toads

    7:30 -10:00 Raising of the May Pole - Lindsborg Folkdanslag

     Blowing of the Birch Horn - Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancer

     Opening Procession

     Dance Performances

     Lindsborg Folkdanslag

     Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers

    10:00-12:00 Midnight Swim - Lindsborg Swimming Pool - (South Park) $1 admission SUNDAY, 17 JUNE 2006

    4:30 Vespers Service, Bethany Lutheran Church

     Guest Preacher Alf Brorson, Special Music: Tiny Toads

    5:30 Potluck

Children’s Activities: 9:00 – 3:00

    Swensson Memorial Park, 400 BLK North Main

CHILDREN’S AREA OPEN 9AM - 3PM CRAFTS, (SKITS & STORY TELLING 11:15 - 11:45), GAMES-

    (everyone wins a prize), WEAVING, AND WATER FUN.

11:15 Chalk Drawing with Shelly Carlson

    11:30 Childrens&