The annual “Midsummer Festival ” weekend in Lindsborg will be a fun-filled family Swedish-American traditional activity on Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22 — but with many new festival innovations, according to Midsummer committee member Kimi Stolzenburg, and Pr. Loren Mai of the Bethany Lutheran Church committee for Sunday events of the festival.
As in Sweden, Lindsborg welcomes the arrival of the summer solstice with community annual Midsummer or "Midsommarsdag" festival events and activities. Lindsborg has many parts to its annual celebration.
Again this year the primary day will be the third Saturday of June — on June 21. The festival second-day events on Sunday, June 22, which have been held annually since the Lindsborg 1971 community revival of Midsummer celebrations, will include a public worship service sponsored by Bethany Lutheran Church with a community potluck supper under auspices of American-Scandinavian Association of the Great Plains — both at Bethany Church, 320 North Main Street, Lindsborg.
SATURDAY, JUNE 21
Nearly all Saturday daytime entertainment and events will be held in downtown Lindsborg throughout the day.
Beginning at 5 p.m., evening activities will move to Old Mill Heritage Square historical complex — for raising of the maypole (majstång), various entertainment, folkdancing, audience participation, David Lucas comedy magic, and an awards ceremony of the Lindsborg Swedish Folkdancers high school organization .
This year there are no admission fees — except for four Saturday special activities: (1) 5K Run and 2-mile Walk in the morning at 7 a.m. from McPherson County Old Mill complex (south side of swimming pool), with $20 registration fee; (2) Inaugural Midsummer Classic Four-person Scramble Golf Tournament at Lindsborg Golf Course, starting 9 a.m. with $120 team entry fee; (3) Midsummer Festival KUBB “traditional Nordic lawn game” Tournament in Heritage Square of McPherson County Old Mill complex ($25 per team for 2 to 6 member teams), all day; and (4) Concert and dance with The Blades, 9 p.m. at J.O. Sundstrom Center, $15 in advance and at the door or at Scott’s Hometown Foods.
Much information and forms for Run and Walk, Golf Tournament, KUBB Tournament, and Blades concert/dance information are online at <MidsummersFestival.com/index.html>. Also, a complete Saturday schedule of events and entertainment, from 7 a.m. through evening, is online at the website.
SUNDAY, JUNE 22
The community public Sunday events of Midsummer — all at Bethany Lutheran Church, 320 North Main Street — include a worship service at 4 p.m. in both English and Swedish, followed by a community potluck supper sponsored by American-Scandinavian Association of the Great Plains. Supper participants are asked to bring a main dish, and salad or dessert to share, and their own table service.
The worship service and potluck supper have been part of Lindsborg Midsummers since it was revived in 1971. The Saturday events have varied through the years, along with venue locations in the community.
Midsummers is a national Swedish holiday, some say second only to Christmas in Sweden in popularity. In Lindsborg since 1971 it has a distinctive Swedish-American flair, with Lindsborg interests and aspects. It is celebrated with Swedish and other food, music, folkdancing, Swedish children games and activities, art, various other games and entertainment, “make your own” blomkran (crown of flowers) under direction of Lindsborg Arts Council volunteers, and raising of the Midsommarstång (Midsummer Pole) in the evening.
The festival is held to celebrate the beginning of summer. There will be live entertainment throughout the day — including a full slate of children’s activities downtown with a bouncy castle, mini-train, crafts, games, stories, and more.
The Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers and the Folksdanslag adult dancers will perform Scandinavian dances in Swedish costumes. There will be many opportunities for audiences to join in dancing, especially around the Maypole in Heritage Square after it is raised in the evening.
Food vendors will provide treats — and new this year a beer garden will be available.
Arts and craft vendors will be on hand as well.
Admission is free to the Lindsborg Midsummer Festival.