Swedish Days brings economic boost to Holdrege
HOLDREGE, Neb. —
A festival brought the Holdrege community together to celebrate their Swedish heritage. It is also an event that brings a big economic impact to the city.
On Saturday afternoon, it was the last days of Swedish Days where residents enjoyed a street fair with food, music, a car show and a parade.
The theme of the festivities included Nebraska’s 150th birthday celebrations.
"I would just tell you bring some money and hit everybody up because there's a lot of good opportunities here,” Holdrege Chamber of Commerce president Allison Fritsche said.
The Holdrege Chamber of Commerce said people with Swedish heritage have been around the city since the 1900s.
"It's a meaningful event. I mean it’s all about the socialness and just getting to get together with our town, towns around so I think it has a deeper feel for everybody around here,” Holdrege resident Meredith Christensen said.
Christensen and her friend Lauren Huston said each year there is always something new.
"Foods always different there’s never the same vendors here and everything so and I think that's probably the most different part about it,” said Huston.
A new addition to the 2017 Swedish Days was a ribfest with people competing for prizes.
The festival itself brought a lot of business to the community.
"We have full hotels, we have full campgrounds we have people spending their money at the restaurants in downtown and it just brings a lot of out-of-town in,” said Fritsche.
Kenton Thompson, a man who has been hosting his car show at the event for over 20 years, said it is beneficial.
"It just seems to get bigger and bigger every year we sure meet a lot of nice people from a lot of different places,” said Thompson.
Thompson said a lot of the activities that goes on throughout the day helps local businesses.
"Most all of our proceeds go to benefits of the area. We have a scholarship for available kids in the automotive trade,” said Thompson.
If you are looking to volunteer for next years Swedish Days, you can contact the Holdrege Chamber of Commerce.