Lindsborg to Party Like It’s 1941

Little Sweden, USA will be decked out in traditional Swedish dress and sounds this weekend as the town celebrates the Svensk Hyllningsfest that began 75-years ago.

Chairman Doug Malm tells KSAL News that the foundation for the event was laid just before the U.S. entered World War II, “It was conceived by Dr. Bill Holwerda back in 1940,” he said.

“They wanted a festival to honor the Swedish immigrants and the founders of the city.”

The two day festival features Swedish folk dancing, music and a smorgasbord feast that sells out each year.

Malm said the recent renovations in Lindsborg’s downtown area will only add to the celebration, “The downtown in Lindsborg is gorgeous right now. All the infrastructure improvements they have done is just fantastic,” he said.

The 2015 Svensk Hyllningsfest begins Friday morning at 10am with dancing on the main stage with the Lindsborg Folksdanslag and wraps up Saturday night with a musical performance from the “Mudbugs” at the Dance Pavilion.

“It’s going to be a great party and we hope everyone comes,” Malm said.

A full schedule of events can be found online at