Swedish Festival opens Friday in Mt. Jewett

MT. JEWETT – “Swedish by Heritage, Swedish by Heart.”That’s the theme for this year’s three-day Swedish Festival in Mt. Jewett.The festival begins Friday with the opening ceremony at 6 p.m. at St. Matthews Lutheran Church on East Main Street. The closing ceremony is at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Center Street Stage.There is no admission charge to attend the festival.The annual festival, which brings thousands of visitors to Mt. Jewett, features no less than 30 events.Other area summer events have come and gone over the years, but the Swedish Festival has continued on under the guidance of a volunteer committee that meets year-round.Beth Carpenter is chairman of the committee for the not-for-profit festival.Some of the highlights of the festival include the Swedish Smorgasbord from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Matthews Lutheran Church, a giant parade on Main Street at 5 p.m. Saturday and a fireworks display near the Center Street Stage at 9:30 p.m. Saturday,Musicians—individuals and groups—are featured throughout the festival along with numerous contests and plenty of food.Carnival rides for children (and adults) will be featured on Center Street during all three days of the festival.For adults only, there is musical entertainment Friday and Saturday nights at the “beer tent” at the Mt. Jewett Fire Hall. Photo ID is required for admission. The “beer tent” also is open from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.The Mt. Jewett Volunteer Fire Department will hold a chicken barbecue at the fire hall beginning at noon both Saturday and Sunday.There will be arts and crafts exhibits on Main and Center streets. Food vendors also will be set up on both streets.Many Mt. Jewett organizations conduct fund-raisers during the festival.Boy Scout Troop 410 of Mt. Jewett will be operating its usual food booth in the garage at the Mt. Jewett borough building on Center Street.The Mt. Jewett Rotary Club will be operating a booth with funnel cakes and deep fried Oreo cookies.The Sons of the American Legion will be selling hot sausage sandwiches at its booth.The Rosary Society at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church will be selling Swedish meatballs, sloppy joes and holding a bake sale.The Kinzua Bridge Foundation will be displaying and selling bridge memorabilia and special Zippo lighters.The annual Used Book Sale will be taking place at the Mt. Jewett Memorial Public Library during the festival.The Mt. Jewett Senior Center on East Main Street will be serving cookies and beverages from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.The Swedish Festival Committee will be selling festival memorabilia. Inquire at its information both on Main Street. The booth will be open Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.Tickets for prizes will be sold at the festival booth as well as at businesses in Mt. Jewett. Many of the businesses have decorated their storefronts in observance of the festival.Special Swedish rye bread will be available at the Kaffe Sol restaurant on Main Street.The Mt. Jewett Ambulance Association will provide a First Aid station on Center Street.Dwayne Hill, a magician and comedian, will perform during all three days of the festival. His performance times on Center Street include: Friday-- 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday—noon to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday—noon to 4 p.m.See full article and weekend schedule by purchasing the Aug. 9 edition of The Kane Republican.