SVENSK HYLLNINGSFEST BEGINS OCTOBER 13 IN LINDSBORG
LINDSBORG, KAN. – The streets of downtown Lindsborg will be filled with the sights and sounds of
the Swedish festival Svensk Hyllningsfest beginning Friday, October 13 and continuing through
Saturday, October 14.
The biennial festival created to honor the Swedish settlers of the Smoky Valley features six
performance venues with a wide variety of entertainment throughout both days of the festival
including the popular Swedish dancers. In addition to entertainment, the festival will host a number
of arts & crafts, and food vendors, a traditional Smörgåsbord on Friday evening and the Grand
Parade on Saturday.
One of the best loved events at each of the Hyllningsfest is the Smörgåsbord and this year, three
settings will be available. The highlight of this event is most certainly the food. Most of the food is
prepared from recipes handed down from the early Swedish settlers and prepared by people in the
community. Tickets are required for this event and can be purchased online, but note that the 6:30
p.m. setting has already sold out.
Another must-see event on Friday is the performance of the Smoky Valley Men’s Choir at 6:30
p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church. The choir has its roots in a long tradition of male choruses in
Sweden, as well as local choruses dating back to 1895 and again in 1941. The Smoky Valley Men’s
Choir has been performing together since 1997 and are a traditional favorite of the festival.
Friday evening will culminate with the popular event, Jazz at the J.O., a concert featuring the Anna
Jalkéus group at the J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center in downtown Lindsborg. Jalkéus is an
award-winning jazz vocalist, harpist, and composer. Tickets are also required for this event and can
be purchased online at the Hyllningsfest website.
Another favorite of many who attend the Hyllningsfest is the Grand Parade scheduled for Saturday
at 10 a.m. on Main Street. This year’s parade will be as grand as ever and led by the Hyllningsfest
Royalty, Chester G. and Jeanette Peterson, and parade grand marshals, Bob and Sally Vogel, the
interim president of Bethany College in 2015 and his wife. There are always interesting parade
entries like the many area marching bands, including the Smoky Valley Middle School Band dressed
in Swedish costume, floats, Bethany College Homecoming royalty and much more.
Saturday night brings Spectacle at the Sundstrom, a dinner and entertainment event that features
a delicious Swedish meal and musical performances by the Bethany College Choir. The event is
held at the J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center and tickets are required. A portion of the ticket sales
of this event will go to the choir’s spring tour of Europe.
From the opening ceremony at 1 p.m. on Friday to the closing concert and dance Saturday night at
8 p.m. in the Dance Pavilion, there is something for all ages at this year’s festival. The arts & crafts
vendors will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day of the festival at the Sundstrom Conference
Center and the food court will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. just off Main Street on Lincoln Street.
Each day also features a wide variety of entertainment and activities for all ages.
The best way not to miss a minute of the festival is to go to the Hyllningsfest website at
www.svenskhyllningsfest.org and check out the detailed schedule of events. Buttons that support the
festival can also be purchased online prior to the festival for just $5 or at the festival for $10. Every
button comes with a detailed program guide for the weekend events. Tickets, for the events that
require them are also available on the website.
This year’s Hyllningsfest theme is “Swedes@Play.” More details about the festival can be found at
www.svenskhyllningsfest.org or by contacting the Lindsborg Convention and Visitors Bureau.