Festival celebrates all things Scandinavian

November 17, 2017 by  

Scanfair is taking place for two days next month in Portland, presented by Nordic Northwest.

There will be a variety of activities taking place that should appeal to the entire family, such as a Nordic marketplace where vendors will be selling arts and crafts with a Scandinavian flair and other related merchandise. The crowing of Oregon Lucia, Queen of Light will also take place; the winner receives a $2,500 scholarship while the runner-up gets one worth $1,000.

For the children, there is the Pippi Longstocking Children’s Area (named after the much-loved character from children’s literature). They can also participate in traditional craft activities or take part in a scavenger hunt. Visits with Joulupukki, the Finnish Santa Claus, will keep them entertained too.

There will also be traditional foods, books and author signings, and information from the Scandinavian Genealogical Society. In addition, there will be pickled herring and meatball eating contests.

This event will likely be widely advertised in the Portland area with posters and flyers obtained from a local print company.

Scanfair will be held at the Portland Veterans Memorial Coliseum from December 2 to 3 beginning at 10:00 am each day. Admission is $8 for adults and $7 for seniors and students; a family pass is available for $17. For the most current information about the festival, call 503-977-0275.