SCANDINAVIAN MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL
Scandinavians celebrate the summer solstice, the longest sunlight day of the year with a festival of light, flowers, food and music. Estes Park, Colorado plays host to the largest Scandinavian Midsummer Festival in Colorado.
Festivities begin on Saturday morning in downtown Bond Park with the raising of the Maypole followed by a colorful opening ceremony that includes a processional of the national flags, and a parade of costumes. The day continues with non-stop entertainment provided by a variety of folk dance groups and Scandinavian musicians.
There are many opportunities for audience participation, when the young and the young-at-heart can kick up their heels and join in the dancing.The park is filled with booths offering Scandinavian food and crafts of all kinds. All daytime activities of the festival are free and open to the public.
This is a wonderful family event, with something to interest every age. Entertainment runs continually throughout the day, with dancing by various folk dance groups, and live Scandinavian music performances. There is always a chance to join in and dance along. There are also plenty of food and craft booths to interest and entice.
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Estes Park is a town in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. A popular summer resort and the location of the headquarters for Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park lies along the Big Thompson River. Estes Park had a population of 5,858 at the 2010 census. The town is named after Missouri native Joel Estes, who founded the community in 1859.
The town’s outskirts include The Stanley Hotel. An example of Edwardian opulence, the 1909 building had Stephen King as a guest, inspiring him to change the locale for his novel The Shining from an amusement park to the Stanley’s fictional stand-in, the Overlook Hotel. Estes Park was also the site of the organization of the Credit Union National Association, an important milestone in the history of American credit unions. Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous highway in the United States, runs from Estes Park westward through Rocky Mountain National Park, reaching Grand Lake over the continental divide. The town suffered severe damage in July 1982 from flooding caused by the failure of Lawn Lake Dam.
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