Pick up a scanner from the wall of scanners. You have to have a membership card in order to activate the scanner, but the card is free, so that's ok.
Later that morning, we went to the midsummer festival at the county castle. They have a huge meadow and grounds for holding a lot of people. We walked down to the harbour where the boats wee starting to pull in.
Down at the harbour, even the dogs are dressed in life jackets for a day on the water! This little guy reminded me of Erin's dog Finnegan! Maybe Erin will sew him a life jacket!
A big pole, about 20' (7 metres ) decorated with leaves and flowers is raised up in the middle of the area. The children and adults will all dance around the pole to traditional music in the meadow. Here's the pole with the castle in the background.
A town elder starts dancing and everyone joins him around the pole. As the circle grows, they wind around so every other circle is going in the opposite direction. It could be chaos, but everyone seemed to follow quite well.
Like any festival, there are things available to keep all ages happy. Like balloons of all shapes and sizes. Butterflies, kitties, princesses and helicopters...I think children would have a hard time deciding which one they wanted.
There were stalls like this for the older children, although it was mostly adults standing in line! Here are three stalls. Pick one, from left to right according to the prizes you want to win..or hope to win. They are "a prize every time", bears (nallen) and dogs (hunden)
At the booth, you buy a lottery ticket with 6 plays on each. Pull the flap. If you have three prizes the same in a row, you win a prize. All proceeds from the festival go to charity. So off we went to the booth marked "chocolate".....really, all the prizes in that booth were chocolate!
No festival worth its salt would be without food. I got a hot dog which was quite long, about 25 cm or 10" but the bun was only half its size! Honest...the bun was a min bun! Well, I liked that...except it meant no hammock beneath the meat to catch all the toppings! They didn't have relish, but they did have French fried onions as a topping! Hey...don't knock it if you haven't tried it!
While I was waiting in line, I saw these car shaped candies. The label says "Bilar, Sweden's most bought car".
Here's a shot of part of the crowd. But look at that oak tree in the middle! It is over 3' (1 metre) in diameter . Apparently the old time kings got all the oak for the sailing ships from this area, which they planted many, many years before. I am glad they left a lot of them here so today's generation can enjoy them.
Since this is a county event, I think that most of the country turned out for a day of fun and food with familty and friends. I was very fortunate to be able to spend this midsummer day with my Swedish family, Bodil and Lillebror, Angelica, Anders and Jessica! Tack, tack!