Sherri Richards, Published June 21 2009
Hjemkomst Festival rocks Scandinavian spiritFinns, Danes, Swedes, Norwegians and Icelanders have a simple message this year: Scandinavia rocks.
“Nordic Spirit Rocks” is the theme of the 32nd Annual Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival, manifesting itself in rock music, geology and heirloom rocking chairs. Finland is the featured country.
Held Friday through June 28 at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead, the festival features a variety of musical performances, including the teenage Finnish band KEHO and the more traditional sounds of Kanteleen Soittajat kantele group.
Scandinavian food will abound, with cooking demonstrations by Beatrice Ojakangas.
Other festival events include films, dance presentations, games and the comedic Suomalainen Sisters.
Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door, with youths ages 19 and under admitted free.
A full schedule is at
Here’s a look at some other area events around the region this week:
- 11th Annual Stump Lake Polkafest, Thursday through Saturday, 12 miles south of Lakota, N.D.
Music and dancing each day, with performances by Matt Hodek and the Dakota Dutchmen, Larry Rysavy and The Out of Town Czechs, Mark Vyhlidal Orchestra and Gordy Prochaska’s Little Fishermen Orchestra. Call (701) 259-2138 for more information.
- Peace Festival, Friday through June 28, 10939 Highway 281, Dunseith, N.D.
The 27th annual family event at the International Peace Garden promotes peace through activities. For information, call (888) 432-6733 or visit www.peacegarden.com.
- Blues on the Red Music Fest, 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Town Square, East Grand Forks, Minn. Live blues music, plus a food and beer tent. (701) 746-0444.
- Summerfest, noon to 5 p.m. June 28, Agassiz Environmental Learning Center, west of Fertile, Minn. Event features free food for first 150 visitors, music by Father Jerry Noesen, “science magic” by Jerry Wenzel, the Wacky Professor, presentations and geocaching. Call (218) 945-3136 or visit aelcfertile.org.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Sherri Richards at (701) 241-5556