The 2021 Scandinavian Festival in Junction City through August 15

The Dala horse at the Scandinavian Festival in Junction City, Oregon (photo by Cheryl Landes)

On the second weekend in August, Junction City celebrates its Scandinavian heritage in Oregon’s southern Willamette Valley with four days packed with mouth-watering traditional foods, performances by international dance troupes, storytelling, and craft demonstrations. And there are plenty of opportunities to join the dancers onstage.

There’s also a life-sized Dalecarlian (Dala) horse. The Dala horse originated in the Swedish province of Dalarna. Smaller hand-carved and painted versions of these horses were used as toys for children. Today, the Dala horse has become a symbol for the province and Sweden in general.

The Dala horse at the Junction City Scandinavian Festival is made of papier-mache and is more than 30 years old.

Other highlights include talking with Vikings, meeting live trolls, and enjoying lots of delicious food. Two of my favorite treats at the festival are the Swedish meat pies and elephant ears.

Admission is free. For more information, visit

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