Gammel Dag
Gammel Dag - Scandinavian Midsummer Celebration

Peterson, MINNESOTA

June 21 - 22, 2019

 
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Wanna Gammeldag?

39th Annual Midsummer Festival

Gustav and Gunnar, Peterson’s  twin giant gnomes, invite you to join us in celebrating history, community spirit, and finding fun in simple things.  Gammel Dag (meaning “good ol days”) is our way of sharing our Scandinavian heritage with its folk arts, music, dance, fashion, and tasty foods.  

Tink dis’ll be dah best gammel time you’ll ever have, you betcha!
— Gustav and Gunnar
 
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Workshops & Demos

Wanna Try Your Hand?

Gammel Dag is not your standard craft fair. Several of our talented artists will not only be demonstrating their skill but will offer you a hands-on experience to try their particular form of art.  Most Midwesterners have heard of rosemaling, hardanger, and wood carving, but are you familiar with hedebo? Or psaligraphi? Sami-inspired jewelry? At Gammel Dag you won’t just see the finished product, you can watch the process or maybe even try your hand at something new.

 
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Carding and Spinning wool

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Psaligrafi: Art of Papercutting

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MAKE YOUR Flower Crown

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Hardangersøm: Embroidery with white thread on white cloth

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Sami-Inspired Jewelry by Liz Bucheit

 
 
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Solstice All Day Fun

Whatcha Gonna Do on the Longest Day of the Year?

Gammel Dag is packed with a variety of food and activities that all ages can enjoy.  We already mentioned the folk art demonstrations. The bandstand entertainment alone could occupy you all day.  Maybe you have children that want to be active so have them ride the kiddie train, help them with the scavenger hunt, paint a t-shirt, or make a flower crown.  Grown-ups might enjoy the vintage “base ball” game, our gnome boutique, or a visit to the wisdom booth and hear some gnomisms. Everyone will enjoy our old-time parade!

 
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Gammel Dag Parade 2018

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FLOWER CROWN SMILE

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FOLK DANCE

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Horses In the Gammel Dag Parade

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Vintage BASE BALL

 
 
 
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Location

Peterson, Minnesota

 

Located on Highway 16 nestled between Whalan and Rushford, is the quaint village of Peterson.  The National Scenic Byway that winds through Bluff Country is picturesque year-round.

 
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I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them
— Andy Bernard
 
 
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To Our Sponsors

Thank You!

Gammel Dag Midsummer Celebration would not exist without the generous support of our sponsors and volunteers, who share in our mission to promote the City of Peterson through cultural and community building activities for all ages.