Swedish Historical Society holds Midsommar Fest

Staff Report

The Swedish Historical Society will be holding its annual Midsommar Fest on Saturday, June 20 from 9:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

The festival will be held at the Erlander Home Museum grounds, 404 S. 3rd Street.

Visitors can experience a Nordic village featuring Mormor’s Attic, Blackhawk Wood Carvers, blacksmithing, and an abundance of artisans’ shops in the “Marknad.”

Stockholm Inn will be serving Swedish pancakes, meatballs with lingonberries, herring open faced sandwiches, hot dogs, strawberries and ice cream.

Prairie Street Brewhouse will be serving barbecue and lingonberry beer as well as other items.

Vendors will also be on hand selling various baked goods and other treats.

DJ Dain will be providing music for the event and the Nordic Folk Dancers of Chicago and Swedish Folk dancers will be performing during the festival.

The Erlander Home Museum will be open for tours throughout the day and there will be contests and games for children of all ages.

The festival will also feature a children’s area with crafts, story-telling and games, including the Viking yard game, KUBB.

Throughout the day, visitors will be able to meet Pippi Longstocking and mingle with residents in Swedish costumes adding to the flavor of Midsommarafton.

Admission is free for the daytime event and only $10.00 for evening concert.

The evening program, “Midsommar Natt,” will feature live music performed by Rockford’s very own famous Swede, Miles Nielsen and his band.

For more information visit swedishhistorical.org.

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