About Hyllningsfest

Occurring in October of odd numbered years, the residents of Lindsborg host a community-wide festival and don traditional Swedish folk costumes to celebrate the Swedish pioneers who settled the Smoky Valley in 1868 – 1869. The festival features art and crafts, special foods, ethnic music, and other special entertainment while Swedish folk dancers and musicians add to the flavor of the festival.

Newcomers have as much fun “becoming Swedish” as do the long time residents. This community closeness may be the highest tribute we can pay to the immigrants who also exemplified this kind of unity – a fitting legacy for future residents of the Smoky Valley.

Folk dancing and folk music lend a unique character and spirit to Svensk Hyllningsfest. The Dancers – from eager young grade school students who have been practicing for months, to the Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers (high school age students) and the Lindsborg Folkdanslag (their adult counterparts) – are charming and enthusiastic performers. The festival also features live demonstrations of cooking, arts, crafts, and folk costumes among others. The parade, featuring area marching bands, floats, antique cars, and other parade entries, is a key attraction.

The Svensk Hyllningsfest Committee is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization pledged to continue to preserve and provide educational opportunities associated with the Swedish-American heritage within the Smoky Valley of Central Kansas.

The next Svensk Hyllningsfest will be held in Lindsborg, Kansas on October 13th & 14th, 2023. Please join us for a true Swedish experience in the heart of America!

Festival Co-Chair's Welcome

Välkommen! We are so excited to welcome you to the best square mile on earth.

Our community loves to host new visitors to experience and celebrate our Swedish heritage. Whether it is by tasting potato sausage at the Smorgasbord or taking a photo with the giant Dala horse, we are delighted to share the opportunity with visitors from around the globe.
Svensk Hyllningsfest (Swedish Honoring Festival) is celebrating our 82nd year of existence and continues to thrive as residents don Swedish costumes, perform Swedish folk dances, and honor those ancestors who settled in this area long ago.

This unique festival is not only fun for visitors to get a taste of Sweden in the middle of Kansas, but allows for the community of Lindsborg to flourish and show off the charm and character that attracts so many.
As Co-Chairs of this festival, it is not only a privilege to lead such a dedicated group of committed volunteers, but it fills us with a pride knowing that we are now a part of history. Along with so many who have filled these shoes, we are proud to have helped carry this festival forward and to preserve the heritage that defines this community. We are so pleased that you have joined us for this 2023 Svensk Hyllningsfest and hope you will enjoy all that Little Sweden has to offer.

Come enjoy the sights of children dancing, sounds of bands in the parade, taste of Viking on a stick, smell of the Smorgasbord and the touch of your herd gathering together again.

Tack så macket!
Jenell Hulse and Tessa Peters

Committee Members

The Svensk Hyllningsfest committee is comprised of many people, from all walks of life, who volunteer their time and talents to preserving the traditions associated with the festival. Our committee is divided into multiple sub-committees in order to plan the various activities during the weekend. Countless hours are spent making sure your experience at Svensk Hyllningsfest is an experience that will honor the traditions of the past, and breathe new life into future festivals – so that you will want to experience it over and over again. Below are the 2023 Committee members. A big thank you to these committee members and all the festival volunteers.

  • Jenell Hulse & Tessa Peters, Festival Co-Chairs
  • Erica Kruckenberg, Secretary
  • Denton Rathke, Treasurer
  • Avery Dauer, Website
  • Melanie Schallock, Arts & Crafts
  • Aaron Esping & Joe Crick, Parade
  • Kindra Johnsen & Jordy Train, Food Court
  • Joyce Pigge, Becky Anderson, Pam Stalcup, Mari Loder, Amanda Luttig, Caroline de Filippis, Karen Graham, Lisa Tinker, Entertainment
  • Courtney Friesen & Kelsey Beckner, Children’s Activities
  • Emily Howe, Liz Lahodny, & Michaela Midkiff, Smorgasbord
  • Joshua Swanson & Chase Ellis, Logistics
  • Holly Lofton, Lindsborg Convention & Visitors Bureau Representative

If you have any questions, or would like to participate in Svensk Hyllningsfest, please contact us, and we will be sure to send you all of the information we have available. Or simply e-mail us at cochairs@svenskhyllningsfest.org.

We sincerely hope to see you at this years’ festival!