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Swedish Days Preview: Are You Ready for the 'Granddaddy of Illinois Festivals'?

One month countdown for Geneva Chamber of Commerce's Swedish Days presented by Cadence Health

In just one short month, downtown Geneva will be transformed into a must stop for affordable and local summer fun—Geneva’s 63rd Annual Swedish Days Festival presented by Cadence Health. The fest that was voted one of the top festivals in the West Suburban Living Magazine’s Best of the West, will run Tuesday through Sunday, June 19-24.

Free nightly musical entertainment on Central Stage brings new excitement each day. Kick off Tuesday evening with Mike & Joe's alternative and modern rock music from the ’90s through today played by one of the most popular cover bands in the Midwest.

continues all week with ABBA Salute, The Moods, 7th Heaven and Hi Infidelity. Join performers Ellus Bellus, Dennis O’Brien, Swings n’ Arrows and Jim Green—The Wandering Endorphin for afternoon Concerts on the Lawn Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

semifinalists and finalists will take the stage Wednesday and Saturday to vie for a chance to win a $1,000 first-place cash prize.

Favorite fun for young visitors includes the Creation Station Art projects, Quad Power Jump, and a special concert by Radio Disney’s Season Four Next Big Thing winner Shealeigh on Friday, June 22.  In fact, Friday is entirely dedicated to kids with the Kids’ Day Parade and numerous other child-friendly attractions including the Dunk Tank and lawn games.

Kids of all ages will enjoy the , merchant specials and Saturday’s zip line. When hunger pains hit, favorite American and ethnic fare combined with traditional Swedish delicacies—, pancakes and pastries—will be among the .

A lot of Swedish activities, too! Sweden Väg debuts on Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24. A block of all things Swedish—gifts, art, food and games. Again this year, you can take a step back into history at the and in on Saturday and Sunday. Earlier in the week, head to for two different movies. Catch the adventures of a red-haired Swedish girl or tap your toes to the movie inspired by the music of ABBA.

On Sunday, bring some chairs and blankets so the entire family can enjoy the renowned and create memories that last a lifetime.

Come join us for a day or the entire week of Swedish Days Festival presented by Cadence Health. We look forward to saying Välkommen (welcome) to you. Visit www.genevachamber.com for a full schedule of events and times or call 630-232-6060.

Justin Eggar May 29, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I'm excited! Come to the festival, enjoy your downtown, and support your local community. The work put in by the chamber is outstanding - but without Geneva residents carrying the torch alongside it simply won't be the event we all want it to be. Let's have fun this year and make sure we give them all the support they need to pull off a great event.

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