The Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce
invites you to join us for the 29th Annual Swedish Days,
June 15 & 16 in Holdrege, NE.
Swedish Days pays tribute to the Swedes who first settled the area. For the past 28 years, locals have been coming together for a weekend of fun, family and community spirit. The 29th Annual Swedish Days Celebration will be held Friday, June 15th & Saturday, June 16th in Holdrege! We are excited about the theme for this year’s Swedish Days ~ "Embrace the detours, Enjoy the journey!"
Be sure to check out what is NEW this year! A full list of activities is inside. This family friendly fun weekend celebration has everything from Swedish heritage, reunions, a beauty contest, community meals, tournaments, local craft beer on tap, a 2mi fun run and a 5K and 10K race, ice cream, lots of LIVE music, kids activities, trackless train rides, a wonderful parade, free swimming, “toss your boss” freefall, street dance, BBQ competitions, beer Olympics, lots of delicious food, rock wall, free shuttle service, classic cars, motorcycles, dunk tanks, crafts and more!
Don't let the construction detour you from having the time of your life, this summer at Swedish Days!!
Please follow this event on our website and on Facebook as we continue to add information regarding each event that will happen throughout the weekend!
Schedule of Events
Swedish Days Weekend
Skydive Atlas Special. Tandem dives only $129! Questions, contact Skydive Atlas at 308.240.1881.
Baseball Tournament/Triangular. Questions, contact Kyle Anderson at 308.991.8723.
Lost Way Brewery. Friday & Saturday. Six rotating taps of Holdrege brewed craft beer! Fun atmosphere - indoors & out - and great beer at 614 3rd Ave. Friday 4:00 - 10:00 pm with Sprockets from 4:00 - 8:00 pm; Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm. Questions, contact Lost Way Brewery at 308.995.0503.
The 308 Boutique. Thursday, Friday & Saturday. Closet Construction at 320 West Ave. Cone Ring Toss for up to 30% off STOREWIDE! Thurs.: “Build Your Own Burgers” from 12:00 - 6:00 pm; Fri.: “Toss Your Boss” 40’ freefall from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm; Sat.: “Dirt Cake & Cocktails from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Questions, contact Erin at .308.999.2020
Friday, June 15th
Noon - Svenska Lunch and Swedish King & Queen Crowning hosted by and held at the Phelps County Senior Center. Tickets available at the Senior Center; $5 per person (must purchase a ticket in advance). Tickets available until Thursday at noon. Serving: potato bologna, ham, boiled potatoes, coleslaw, rye bread and homemade ostakaka. Questions, contact Denise at 308.995.5345.
1:30 - 3:00 pm - Bouncy House Activities on the Courthouse Lawn hosted by First State Bank of Holdrege. Questions, call 308.995.4411.
4:00 pm - Class of ‘73 will meet at Craig & Cindy McCormicks’ house (924 Tibbals St.), then go to the All Class Reunion Street Dance. Questions, contact Kelly Swanson at 308.991.1917.
4:00 - 9:00 pm - Family FREE Fun Night at the Museum. Free entry to the Museum, Swedish Dinner 5:00 - 6:00 pm, water experiments, dunk tank, bubbles, family activities, snacks & more! Questions, call 308.995.5015.
5:00 pm - Midnight - Central Plains Ribfest & Holdrege All Class Alumni Reunion hosted by the Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce & Chamber Ambassadors. Emmett Bower Band will be performing! Beer garden service by East Avenue Pub. LOTS of BBQ to sample and eat! Purchase your tickets! One gate entry & Four BBQ Samples = $15 Age 10 & under are Free (no samples included) Tickets include entry into RibFest ~ this year the BBQ area, band, beer garden and street dance are all inside the same location and four free sample tickets to be used at participating BBQ competitors (until food runs out). Questions, contact the Chamber.
Saturday, June 16th
7:30 am - Silver Run, hosted by the YMCA of the Prairie. NEW: All distances will start and end at the YMCA at R7 Building (1421 13th Street). There is a mixture of paved and gravel roads/trails for each distance. Questions, call the YMCA at 308.995.4050.
7:30 - 9:00 am - Swedish Breakfast at the Phelps County Senior Center, hosted by the Tre Kronor Society. Swedish pancakes, farmer’s skillet, fresh fruit, pickled herring and Swedish pastries with juice and coffee. $8 for adults; $4 for kids; 12 and under free. Purchase tickets at area banks, the Senior Center & at the door. Questions, call 308.995.5345.
8:00 am - 3:00 pm - Shuttle Service! Free rides from two locations. North route will pick up/drop off at the Elementary School, hosted by Christian Homes. South route will pick up/drop off at the Fairgrounds, hosted by Holdrege Memorial Homes. Routes will run approximately every 15 minutes. Questions, call Steve Schadegg at 308.627.0428.
8:30 am - Holdrege Public School Foundation Golf Tournament at the Holdrege Country Club. Questions, call HPS 308.995.8663.
10:00 am - Grand Parade. Theme: Embrace the detours, Enjoy the journey. Parade line-up begins at 8:00 and is on a first-come, first-served basis (exception of flags and royalty) near the High School on 12th Ave. Register by the multipurpose building. NO FEE! You will be assigned a number at that time. First place prizes will be awarded in three categories. Floats over 10’ wide or floats deemed to have blind spots for drivers will be required to have walking guides on both sides. 12’ max width for floats. Questions, contact the Chamber.
10:00 am - Class of ‘73 plans to be in the parade and enjoy the Street Festival. Questions, call Kelly Swanson at 308.991.1917.
10:00 am - Class of ‘68 plans to be in the parade. Questions, contact Sherry McClymont.
11:00 am - 3:00 pm - Car & Motorcycle Show on West, 5th and East Avenues. Registration from 8:00 am to Noon; trophies at 3:00 pm. Questions, call Mike with the Heartland Cruisers at 308.991.1746.
11:00 am - 3:00 pm - Street Festival with Food and Craft Vendors on West Avenue. Questions, contact the Chamber.
11:00 am - 3:00 pm - Activities for ALL Ages on the Courthouse lawn. Rock Wall, Trackless Train, Wiggles & Giggles youth activities, Dunk Tank hosted by GWB Relay for Life team and much more for the entire family! Questions, contact the Chamber
11:00 am - 4:00 pm - Hospitality Center at Spirit of Grace Church. Get out of the heat, find a place to sit and eat. PUBLIC RESTROOMS AVAILABLE INSIDE. Questions, call 308.995.8019.
1:00 - 3:00 pm - Homemade Pie & Ice Cream Social at the Phelps County Senior Center. Free Will Donation. Questions, contact all 308.995.5345.
1:00 - 5:00 pm - Beer Olympics at Gutterz Fun Center. $20 per team of four. LIVE music by Cruz Control. Questions, call 308.995.4106.
1:30 - 3:30 pm - Class of ‘68 will have an opportunity to enjoy the Nebraska Prairie Museum - and invite others to come and enjoy it too! Evening dinner at The Speakeasy on the patio. Questions, contact Sherry McClymont.
5:00 - 9:00 pm - FREE Swim at the Holdrege Public Swimming Pool. Questions, contact the Chamber.
5:00 - 9:00 pm - Family Fun at SOUTH Park. Grab your food, chairs, games and blankets and head to the park! There are many family friendly activities you can enjoy at the park: swimming, picnic at your leisure, food specials near by, family organized softball game, disc golf, horseshoes, bean bags, tag, flag football or martial arts demos. You get to be creative, bring the equipment and enjoy a night with your family and the community. This event is not sponsored or hosted by any individual or business, it is just a fun family evening spent at SOUTH PARK! Questions, contact the Chamber.
6:30 pm - Miss Phelps County Pageant will be held at North Park Assembly. Questions, call Michele Catlett at 530-4388.
7:00 pm - Class of ‘73 will meet at Gutterz. Questions, call Kelly Swanson at 308.991.1917.
7:00 pm - midnight - Live Music & Reunions at Gutterz Fun Center. Music by Gypsy Outlaw. Questions, call 308.995.4106.
NEW in 2018! Shuttle Service!
FREE rides from two locations, running from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.
· The North route will pick up/drop off at the Elementary School and deliver to a location near Bethel Lutheran Church. This route is hosted by Christian Homes.
· The South route will pick up/drop off at the Fairgrounds and deliver near the Post Office. This route is hosted by Holdrege Memorial Homes.
Handicap accessibility will be available. Routes will run approximately every 15 minutes. Questions, contact Steve Schadegg at 308.627.0428.