The Wahkiakum County Eagle - Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

 
 

Naselle festival celebrates Finnish heritage

 

July 31, 2014

Rick Nelson

People gathered last weekend in Naselle for the biennial Finnish American Folk Festival. The festival's theme was "Nasel Heritage Days," and during opening ceremonies Saturday, Anna Ehrlund, left, read stories by early Finnish immigrants and their experiences.

People gathered last weekend in Naselle for the biennial Finnish American Folk Festival. The festival's theme was "Nasel Heritage Days," and during opening ceremonies Saturday, Anna Ehrlund, left, read stories by early Finnish immigrants and their experiences.

Rick Nelson

Taking the gold, silver and bronze in the Wife Carry Race were, l-r, 1. Peter Hakim and Sheriann Wirkkala Hakim of Salem; 2. Adam Vogt and Abbey Noon from Skamokawa, and 3. Audrey Petterson Emlen and Andrew Emlen, Skamokawa.

Winning the traditional wife carry race were Peter Hakim and Sheriann Wirkkala Hakim of Salem; placing second were Adam Vogt and Abbey Noon from Skamokawa, and third were Audrey Petterson Emlen and Andrew Emlen, Skamokawa.

Sharon VanHeuit Ocean Park, Rose Power, Long Beach, right, and, not pictured, Diana Courtnier, Oysterville, demonstrated the spinning folk art.

Ralph Keyser from the Wahkiakum County Historical Society gave children rides in his miniature train.

Visitors enjoyed displays of folk art, genealogy, and more, and also a wide variety of performances.

 

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