Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
June 15, 16 & 17, 2018
The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival has been a tradition on the North Coast of Oregon for over forty years. The Festival takes place typically on the 3rd full weekend of June. The festival embodies the rich cultural heritage that was transplanted to the Astoria, Oregon region by emigrating Scandinavians. In the Pacific Northwest they found the same bounteous seas and forests as in their native lands and the demand for their skills at managing them. During the three days of the festival over a dozen Scandinavian musical, dance, and theater groups are scheduled to entertain . Retail booths will offer handcrafts, Scandinavian import items, and traditional Scandinavian foods.
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Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival crowns Miss Finland 2017 Queen
The opening ceremonies of the Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival on June 16 included the crowning of Miss Finland Megan Schacher as Miss Scandinavia 2017. Her sister Aimee was Miss Finland and Miss Scandinavia in 2013 and her mother Melissa was Miss Finland and Miss Scandinavia in 1991. Megan Schacher’s Finnish great-great-grandparents immigrated to the United States independently, met in Montana, and later moved to Hammond, Oregon. Schacher says that her Finnish heritage and traditions bring her connections to the community and that she could not imagine her life without them.
Runner up for 2017 is Miss Sweden Kara Dowaliby. Kara’s sister Meg was Miss Sweden and Miss Scandinavia in 2012. Mother Dixie was Miss Sweden in 1983. Kara Dowaliby will reign as the Lucia Bride in November for the festival sponsored Sankta Lucia Fest on the day after Thanksgiving. Dowaliby’s great-great-grandparents were a Finn and a Swede who met at a popular dance hall now known as Josephson’s Seafoods. Their dream continues for future generations.
The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival has allowed local Scandinavians to celebrate their traditions and share them with the community and visitors who travel from near and far. This year was the 50th annual festival and will not be the last. Dowaliby’s speech had a message for young people in the community. “We need to carry the torch as it is passed.” She encourages interested young people and adults to join a Scandinavian lodge or the dance group or work in the booths or help with set up and clean-up of the festival or both to ensure that the traditions and the festival survive. Scandinavian heritage is not required, only an interest in all things Scandinavian.
Other young women who represented the festival in 2017 include retiring Miss Scandinavia 2016 Megan McCall-Devos, Miss Denmark Sophia Hansen, and Miss Norway Maya McGill.
Join us at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds located at
92937 Walluski Loop in Astoria, Oregon.
Scandinavians March in Astoria Regatta Parade
Scandinavians were well represented in the 2017 Regatta Parade and won several awards as well. The Finlandia Foundation from Portland won the Mayor’s Award for their Viking ship celebrating Finland’s Centennial. The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Court float with 2017 Queen Megan Schacher and several princesses won the Grand Marshall’s award. The Astoria Scandinavian Heritage group with their flags, signs and marchers promoting the Scandinavian Heritage Park won the Court Award. More information about the park proposal is online at www.FromScandinaviaToAstoria.org. The proposal needs final approval from the City of Astoria Council and Mayor so the group can move forward with fundraising to build and maintain the park in perpetuity.