2017 Schedule

All events are FREE to enter unless otherwise noted.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017, 3-5pm:

"Five Til Fest" event. Join us for the first annual preview night for Svensk Hyllningsfest! Check out the Swedish costume exhibit at Kelly J. Wilson Design Studio, as well as a special gallery exhibit at Small World Gallery. Many shops and restaurants will be open downtown.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

7:00 PM

Worship Service at Bethany Lutheran Church

Bethany Lutheran Church

The Associated Churches of Lindsborg Worship Service at Bethany Lutheran Church. Everyone is welcome and are encouraged to wear their Swedish folk costumes!

Friday, October 13, 2017

9:00 AM

Swedish Costume Exhibit


Celebrating Lindsborg through Folk Costumes Exhibit
Where: Kelly Wilson’s Design Studio, 113 West State Street, Lindsborg

When planning the first Hyllningsfest Lindsborg residents were urged to look for costumes that might still exist in attics and trunks. For the many who were not of Swedish descent and for those families who did not have the costume tradition there were still the tailor and seamstresses who could create a replica of traditional dress using existing costumes from different provinces and towns.

You will find examples of the costumes made in or purchased from Sweden and examples of costumes made in Lindsborg using New World ingenuity and materials to copy the specific details the costume maker saw as being important.

As you visit the exhibit you will begin to gain an insight into what today are referred to as the differences between a “Swedish Costume” and a “Hyllningsfest or Lindsborg Costume.” Both are the beautiful expression of a love for tradition and a celebration of heritage.

10:30 AM — 6:00 PM

Food Court

1:00 PM

Opening Ceremony and Crowning of the King & Queen

Main Stage

3:00 PM

King & Queen Reception


Join us for a reception honoring King Chester Peterson and Queen Jeanette Peterson at First Bank Kansas.

Sponsored by First Bank Kansas

4:00 PM


Dance Pavilion

Come get a lesson on Swedish folk dancing!

5:00 PM — 8:00 PM

Makers Street - Lindsborg Art Walk

Lindsborg downtown studios, galleries and businesses host a monthly 2nd Friday Artwalk. Lindsborg has long been known as a center for working artists and craftsmen. During the Artwalk, Main Street will become "Makers Street" and is a chance for visitors to see art and craft makers' exhibits.

8:30 PM

Jazz at the J.O.

J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center

The Jazz at the J.O. concert will be Friday night, October 13th, at 8:30 pm. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets are $20 and people are encouraged to buy a table for 8 if they wish to reserve seating for family and friends. The group is Anna Jalkéus' jazz group.

Please click here to learn more about Anna Jalkéus!

Click here to buy tickets!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

7:30 AM

Coronado Heights Run

  • 15K
  • 5K
  • 2 mile walk
  • 1 mile Youth Fun Run

The 15K is composed of a flat, scenic country-road course with Coronado Heights hill (1 mile running distance up a circular, rugged road) at the heart of the race, this is a demanding course; please train accordingly. Aid stations (water) and split times will be provided throughout the course. The starting line will be at the intersection of Main and Lincoln streets (race will head north on main); the finish line will in close proximity to the starting line.

9:00 AM — 6:00 PM

Food Court

9:30 AM

Welcome Message

Main Stage

Welcome message from the Svensk Hyllningsfest Committee Co-Chairs, John Hawk and Eric Lundstrom, as well as Nat Athens from Bethany College.

11:00 AM — 2:00 PM

Swedish Dancers' Meal Serving


The Swedish Dancers are putting together a "Swedish Twist on an American classic.” They will be serving pulled pork sandwiches with lingonberry BBQ sauce, dill potatoes, Swedish coleslaw and dessert with either tea, lemonade, or water. Price is $10 per plate. The lunch will be served between 11am and 2pm Saturday at the Evangelical Covenant Church.

11:30 AM

Grade School Dancers

Main Stage

Children's Folk Games

1:00 PM — 2:00 PM

Sven & Ole Joke Contest

Mrs. Olsson's Coffeehouse

Come give us your best joke!

Prizes awarded for the oldest joke-teller ($25), the youngest joke-teller ($25) and grand prize of $50 will go to the teller with the best joke. Hosting will be done by Lindsborg's own jokesters, Duane Fredrickson and Mike Mesmer.

No registration needed, just show up and deliver your best joke in person at the microphone.

Did you hear the one about Sven & Ole hearing of an organization that would pay $5000 for every live wolf? They hunted for days, up and down the mountain. One night, they fell asleep around their campfire. In the middle of the night, Ole woke up and saw they were surrounded by 50 hungry, ferocious wolves. He said to Sven, "Wake up, we're rich!"

2:30 PM

Chess Exhibition


What: Simultaneous Chess exhibition/lecture with Wes Koehler
Where: Karpov School of Chess, 106 S. Main St., Lindsborg, KS. (parking
available in front of building or along Main St.)
When: 2:30pm; Simultaneous Chess exhibition/lecture will start at
Fee: $15.00

6:00 PM

Spectacle at the Sundstrom

J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center

Above: The Bethany Chamber Choir poses by the giant dala horse in front of the Hemslojd in downtown Lindsborg.

Tickets are $40 each, and include a performance by the Bethany College Chamber Choir as well as dinner.

The menu for the evening consisits of Swedish cucumber salad, Svensk roast beef, dilled potatoes, rye bread and an almond caramel cake for dessert. Two shots of vodka are also included with each ticket.

A portion of proceeds will help fund the Chamber Choir's European tour.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017