For two centuries, Astoria has welcomed many immigrants from Scandinavian counties. For the past nearly 50 years, the city has hosted the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival.  Locals and visitors of Scandinavian heritage help maintain the traditions from their original countries and share a vibrant culture with other ethnicities that adopted Astoria as their place of residence.

Over three days, Icelanders, Finns, Danes, Norwegians and Swedes replicate the Scandinavian tradition of celebrating the summer solstice following the long dark cold winter. There are plenty of events and activities -- the Queen's coronation and traditional hex burning, the midsummer pole dance, Scandinavian music and singing, demonstrations, a Troll Run, and a parade.

You can have a taste, well more than a taste, of Scandinavian food at the open market. Try some of the sweet delicatessen such as Svenska Pepperkoker, Norwegian Krumkake, Riisipuuro, Lefse or some of the regional dishes such as pickled salt salmon. You cannot only buy food at the booth but also arts and crafts pieces from the Nordic craftsman tradition.

For updates, check out the festivals' website at http://www.astoriascanfest.com/.

So, if you happen to be in June in Astoria, don't miss this fun and unique festival held at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds.