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Ephraim's Scandinavian Festival gets underway this weekend

Katelyn Aller of Wellsville learns how pioneers made rugs from scraps of fabric in this undated photo at a past Scandinavian Heritage Festival in Ephraim. The annual Scandinavian Heritage Festival is underway in Ephraim this weekend during what organizers call the "biggest Scandinavian get-together in the West."

Katelyn Aller of Wellsville learns how pioneers made rugs from scraps of fabric in this undated photo at a past Scandinavian Heritage Festival in Ephraim. The annual Scandinavian Heritage Festival is underway in Ephraim this weekend during what organizers call the "biggest Scandinavian get-together in the West." (Reed Farnsworth)



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EPHRAIM — The annual Scandinavian Heritage Festival is underway in Ephraim this weekend during what organizers call the "biggest Scandinavian get-together in the West."

The free event on the Snow College campus, 150 College Ave E., includes family-friendly activities such as a parade down Main Street, demonstrations of Scandinavian traditions, food and craft vendors, athletic competitions and a car show.

The festival went online in 2020 due to the pandemic but returned last year for in-person attendance.

This year, for the first time, the festival will hold a "wife-carrying contest," as well as a Viking beard contest and other old Viking yard games. Folk singer-songwriter Al Stewart is headlining the entertainment, organizers said.

Reenactments and demonstrations take place between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

For more information, visit scandinavianfestival.org/.

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Ashley Imlay covers state politics and breaking news for KSL.com. A lifelong Utahn, Ashley has also worked as a reporter for the Deseret News and is a graduate of Dixie State University.

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