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Scandinavian Midsummer festival’s hot success

Despite the 97-degree temperature and road construction, the Scandinavian Heritage Park’s annual Midsummer festival this past weekend was a success. A few activities like the Scandinavian pole dances and Friday evenings bonfire were canceled but the festival had a good turnout, said Kae Watson, board member of the Scandinavian Heritage Association.

The Minot Public Library’s Pam Carswell was in the visitors center all day Saturday, with a green screen, taking photos of attendees with Scandinavian city scape backgrounds at no charge. The parking lot was full of food trucks and the park’s lawns were full of venders and quilts on display.

Sunday’s interdenominational worship service in the Gol Stave church had a full house or “fult hus” in Norwegian. The service was officiated by Pastor Ellery Dykeman with accompanist Rita Sundahl of First Lutheran Church. Guest lectors read scripture and John Mogren sang a hymn in Swedish.

The Gol Stave church in Minot, is a replica of the Gol Stave church in Oslo, Norway, and is one of 10 stave churches in the United States.

The Scandinavian Heritage Center is always looking for ideas to incorporate the youth of Minot into the clubs and events at the park, said Watson. She said Midsummer festival is a great way to learn more about Scandinavian heritage.

The Gol Stave Church as well as other features in the park are available for events. for more information and scheduling visit scandinavian

heritage.org.

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