About the Festival
Every August, the people of Junction City, Oregon will celebrate the Scandinavian Festival. Whether you prefer to participate or just observe, the Scandinavian Festival offers a wide variety of events for the whole family. Trolls and Vikings stroll through the streets posing for pictures and playing pranks. There are 3 stages of entertainment filled with choral and instrumental groups, folk dancers that perform and instruct, and lots of informational demonstrations and presentations throughout the four days of Festival. Visitors can find unusual handcrafts such as Hardanger Embroidery, bobbin lace, and Rosemaling displayed and sold among the paintings, woodcrafts and jewelry. The food offered has something for everyone, from the aebelskivers to Viking burgers. There is no entry fee and the entertainment is free, visitors pay only for food or craft items.
The Story Behind the Event
In 1955 Dr. Gale F. Fletchall and his wife moved to Lane County, drawn here by a general practice internship offered at Sacred Heart Medical Center. He opened his own practice in Junction City in 1956 and became the town's doctor. After the opening of the I-5 corridor, Fletchall watched his beloved town slowly die out as businesses closed up due to lack of traffic. That is when he had the idea that would define him for the rest of his life.
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