2013 Scandinavian Festival
October 5, 2013
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Divine Savior RC Church
9079 Greenback Lane
All Day Funfilled with Flag Ceremony, Food, Vendors
History of the Scandinavian Festival
The Scandinavian Festival was born out of the activities of Monitor Lodge and the other Scandinavian nations participating in the Camillia Festival. So it is an important part of it's history. It has kept Monitor members active and enthusiastic for many years.
In 1983 after the annual International Friendship Luncheon occurred, the Scandinavian Communities decided to host the '85 luncheon. In order to raise funds for the event a meeting was held to discuss this issue. There were six people from three Scandinavian nations represented, Norris and Virginian Nepstead and Cynthia Thomas from the Sons of Norway, one member of the Finnish Club and Ruth and Arlie Veis from Monitor Lodge. Arlie was elected chairman and Norris vice-chmn. Hans and Nora Mathiesen from the Danish Lodge joined at the next meeting.
The committed had to move rather quickly to decide on a plan. The idea of a Scandinavian Festival along the lines of the Greek Festival was adopted. The first festival was held at the Fruitridge Community Center in the south area. A rental of 75 dollars was paid and the date of April 8, 1983 was set aside. Table rentals for venders (of mostly Scandinavian artifacts) was $10 each and if two venders wanted to share it was $15. Baked goods were provided from all the lodges and "on-site" sandwiches, Swedish pancakes and Danish aebleskiver were made until supplies and batter ran out and workers were exhausted. Entertainment was provided by a Finnish couple, Illa Tilija and her partner who did several Finnish and other Scandinavian dances in their colorful Finnish costumes. Singing and Swedish dances were performed by Ruth and Arlie Veis. It was so successful it was decided to continue the next year -- and the next --- and growing larger for the next 27 years. (date year 2010) At the next meeting a set of by-laws was adopted and thus the Scandinavian Festival was officially conceived and it's official name was "Scandinavian Festival Association of Sacramento". The first chairman, Arlie Veis served in that capacity for 8 years when Ellen Harrod took over and served for 9 years, followed in latter years by Elizabeth Swenson and Gail Nemy.
It was moved to the Board of Realtors on Howe Ave in 1987 -- then to St. Ignatious Catholic Church on Arden Way for several years -- now it is located at the Divine Savior Catholic Church on Greenback Lane. The first two years the profits went to finance the '85 International Luncheon. After that the profits have been split between the participating lodges who have shared in the work involved. Attendance started (which was free the first year) at about 300 people and progressed to 1000 several times with an entrance fee starting at $1.00 and rising to $4.00 at the present time. It has been a very successful event and one of the big fund raisers for all the Scandinavian Lodges.