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Geneva gears up for 70th annual Swedish Days festival

Event runs June 18-23

The 70th annual Swedish Days festival runs June 18 - June 23 in Geneva.
The 70th annual Swedish Days festival runs June 18 - June 23 in Geneva.

GENEVA – One of the highlights of the summer in the Fox Valley area is Geneva’s Swedish Days festival, and this year marks the event’s 70th anniversary. More than 200,000 residents and visitors attend the many events over the four days of family fun.

Some of the highlights of the festival include the sidewalk sales, where shoppers will find bargains on items at more than 100 of Geneva’s specialty shops. The Arts and Crafts show returns June 21 and 22.

The Central Stage will feature free nightly musical entertainment every night of the festival, including performances at 1 p.m. on the courthouse lawn on June 19, 20 and 22.

New this year is a car show from 5 to 9 p.m. on June 20 on South Third Street, which will feature food, a DJ and free photo booth, in addition to many unique vehicles.

As always, there will be plenty of entertainment for children, including Creation Station, which opens June 19 at 10 a.m. at the corner of Third and Campbell, as well as the carnival, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, mini golf and the library tent.

New this year is Toddler Town on S. Fourth St., where the youngest visitors can enjoy fun activities perfect for their age group. The Discovery Tent will be stationed in front of 316 Campbell St., which is full of interesting discoveries for all ages.

June 21 is “Kids’ Day,” which features a parade for children under age 10. The Swedish Days 5K is June 22, while the Grand Parade wraps up the festival on June 23.

Festival admission is free. More information is available at genevachamber.com or call the Geneva Chamber of Commerce at 630-232-6060.

Brochures will be distributed in Geneva businesses late May.

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