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Swedish Days marks the beginning of summer

Growing up in Geneva, I remember thinking that Swedish Days – not the calendar or end of the school year – but rather Swedish Days marked the beginning of summer.

As a young girl, staying up late at the street dance (which today is known as Saturday night entertainment), twirling and swirling over and over on the carnival rides as a tween (additionally, getting to stay out until 10 p.m. and walk home with friends) and as a young adult waiting in line for Tuesday Moonlight Madness sales while enjoying my once-a-year corn dog.

So many fabulous memories of the festival, and today I am fortunate to assist in the planning of the 69th Swedish Days Festival, supported by Northwestern Medicine and make memories for a new generation.

So, without further ado…..

Here’s a sneak peak

at the upcoming week.

Carnival and quad to flip and spin,

Amusing games, where you can win.

Offerings of hot dogs, brats and cheese curds

You’ll be back for seconds, possibly thirds.

Shopping and specials, need I say more

Best to start early and hit every store.

Free entertainment all week includes

Music from Breakfast Club to The Moods.

Travel to Sweden, at our own Sweden Väst

You won’t have to go far to have a Swedish blast.

Craft Brew is back, in that perfect spot

Stockholm’s and Penrose offer beer to be bought.

All during the week, kids can use their imagination

Iceless Skating, Kids’ Day and Creation Station.

And Sunday, Sunday, brings the Grand Parade

Creating memories that will not soon fade.

So much more, I can’t possibly list

Swedish Days 2018 should certainly not be missed.

From June 19-24. Six days of excitement, smiles and fun in downtown Geneva can be found at