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At the Finn Fest


August 2, 2018

Diana Zimmerman

The Nordic Viking Dancers of Astoria performed on Saturday at the Finnish American Folk Festival. One of the dancers had been performing traditional Scandinavian dances for 47 years.

Friends and families gathered to celebrate and learn about Finnish and local culture at the biannual Finn Fest in Naselle last weekend. There was food, traditional clothing, games, dancing, music, art, and more. Visitors could get advice about genealogical research while listening to traditional kantele music in the Naselle school library or shop for Finn wares in the old gym. A logging museum was set up in one classroom, and art created by local artists or from Finland filled another room. Mostly, it was a good opportunity for old friends, family members, and Naselle alumni to reconnect, and they look forward to the big event every other year. Photos by Diana Zimmerman

Diana Zimmerman

Allan Wirkkala, Lloyd Wirkkala, and Phil Kandoll reminisced about the good old days of logging in the mini museum set up in a classroom at Naselle High School.


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