Plans for Swedish Fest coming together

Published 4:37 pm Friday, July 8, 2011

With just three months to go, preparations are already being made to make this year’s Swedish Festival in Thorsby bigger and better.

This year’s event themed “Thorsby is Celebrating 110 Years” will be held Saturday, Oct. 15. The annual parade will begin at 9 a.m., and the opening ceremonies will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Richard Wood Park.

Food vendors, entertainment and arts and crafts will be located in the park as well.

“Entertainment has not been finalized yet, but we are working on some neat stuff,” said Tracia Bussey, Swedish Fest Committee chairperson. “It’s going to be another big to-do event.”

The antique car show will be held again this year, and the beauty pageant will take place on two nights during the week of the Oct. 3, she said.

Also in October, as a part of Swedish Fest, Helen Jenkins Chapel will open three other dates during Thorsby’s History and Heritage Month. The dates are Oct. 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We will have activities and festivities dealing with the history of Thorsby,” said Bussey.

More details regarding the Swedish Fest were set to be discussed at the next Swedish Fest Committee meeting Monday, July 11.