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Swedish Fest coincides with Thorsby’s 110th birthday

Published 2:02pm Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The annual Thorsby Swedish Festival this Saturday will commemorate not only Thorsby’s Scandinavian heritage, but also the 110th anniversary of the town’s founding in 1901.

For this reason, this year’s festival will follow the theme “Celebrating 110 Years for Thorsby.”

Swedish Festival Committee chairwoman Tracia Bussey said that in her 10-plus years of organizing the event, it has grown from hosting 16 booths to more than 80 booths.

“From four years ago to last year, it has tripled in size and attendance,” Bussey said. “We expect to see folks from near and far.”

Thorsby's new historical marker is unveiled during last year's Swedish Fest.

Festivities begin with the parade at 9 a.m. Anyone who wishes to participate in the parade is welcome to line up at the old sewing factory by 8:15.

Opening ceremonies will follow in Richard Wood Memorial Park at 10:30 a.m. At the park will be arts, crafts, food and game vendors, as well as entertainment at the pavilion until 2 p.m.

A car and motorcycle show will take place in front of Thorsby High School immediately following the parade.

Also, the town’s museum will be open at Helen Jenkins Chapel from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

“There is free admission to everything. There is no charge to attend,” Bussey said.

Booth spaces are still available, although spaces with electricity have all been reserved. Anyone interested in setting up a booth may contact Bussey at 205-217-0978 or fill out a form at Town Hall.

As of Monday, there were more than 60 booths, but Bussey expects the number to top 80 by Saturday.

“We expect it to be a great day and a fun time,” Bussey said.

Proceeds from the festival support various projects in the town.

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