Rockford’s Swedish Historical Society hosted Midsommarfest

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Rockford’s Swedish community brought some of Sweden to the Forest City with the Midsommarfest, a long-standing tradition in Sweden.

People in Rockford, with Swedish roots, came together to throw their own Midsommarfest.

The Swedish Historical Society hosted the event. There were traditional Swedish food, clothing and music, including an ABBA tribute concert.

Prarie Street made a special lingonberry brew for the occasion.

Midsommarfest is more to the local Swedish community than a day of fun, it’s also a way for them to connect with their roots.

“We want to carry forward the traditions that were brought forward 150 plus years ago by the immigrants that came from Sweden to Rockford and we forget how much the Swedish immigration helped support the Rockford furniture making company and the manufacturing,” said Ali Fox, Executive Director of Swedish Historical Society.

The event was held at Veterans Memorial Hall.

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