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Midsummer Festival to take one more virtual year

Thursday, June 10, 2021

The 2021 Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, set to begin June 18, will again be modified this year due to pandemic health regulations.

Several events still will take place, but with a few changes.

** Coronation of Miss Scandinavia 2021 will take place virtually at 7 p.m. June 18. Senior princesses sponsored by the Danish Society, Finnish Brotherhood, Sons of Norway and VASA Swedish Lodge will speak about their heritage. The live-streamed can be accessed at

** The “Optog,” or Walking Parade, will be stationary as it was for 2020. It’s set for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 19, on the sidewalk near the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Participants in native Nordic folkwear will present their flags along Marine Drive between 16th and 20th streets. All Scandinavian lodges and societies have been invited to participate.

The 2021 grand marshal, Loran Mathews, will be joined by the newly crowned Miss Scandinavia and her court. At noon, the gathering moves to the future site of the New Astoria Nordic Heritage Park for a modified flag-raising.

** A virtual readers theater event sponsored by the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association will be available on YouTube beginning at 5 p.m. June 15.

Astor Street Opry is producing a vintage play found in the attic of Suomi Hall. The play is called “Love and Politics” and was performed in Finnish at Suomi Hall in the early part of the 20th Century.

The event was made possible by a grant from the Clatsop Cultural Coalition.

The Midsummer Festival Association looks forward to a regular three-day festival in 2022. More details of the 2021 festival can be found on Facebook and online at

Loran Mathews, Optog grand marshal

Carla Oja, Midsummer Festival president

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