Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association has announced a change in leadership. Leila Collier, who led the festival committee for the past three years, is stepping down. The two new co-chairs are Tony Larson and Carla Oja.
Larson has a law degree from Willamette University and is of Danish descent. He’s a professional mediator, chairman of the Scan Oregon Lodge, life patron in the American Branch of the International Law Association, and life member of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies.
Oja has a degree in resource recreational management, and is an instructional assistant at Lewis and Clark Elementary School. She’s former manager at Tapiola Pool and a longtime swim teacher and coach. All four Oja children were active in the festival dance groups, courts, and flag ceremonies when they were growing up.
Other officers for the upcoming year include Carole Lyngstad, treasurer, Bonnie Fisher, secretary, Sonja Madsen, historian, and Judi Lampi, publicist.
The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival is June 15-17 at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds. The festival committee is comprised of approximately 40 volunteers who work year-round to prepare for the event, and another 40 volunteers who help in June. The festival is also supported by the local Scandinavian lodges and their volunteers at festival time, too. Those interested in volunteering should contact the lodge of their choice or the festival committee at astoriascanfest.com. Being Scandinavian is not required to participate; all are welcome.
Larson and Oja take helm of Scandinavian Festival