Really, is there any doubt what drew these two to Scandinavian Days at the Puyallup Fair?
One's name is Skjaldvor Guo. The other is from Sigrid Straatveit. They're both from Olympia.
"We're Scandinavian, so we just had to come!" Guo said.
The two, both from Finnish and Norwegian heritage, spent about three hours at the celebration. Inside the hall at the fairgrounds, hundreds of people lined up for Swedish meatballs and lingonberry sauce. They roamed through booths that offered T-shirts, hats, arts and crafts and clocks for sale. Exhibits described the Scandinavian history of the region.
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Jamie Shilley brought her 11-month-old daughter, Violet, to the celebration. The 33-year-old Tacoma woman is part of a mothers' group that organizes day trips.
She was waiting for the Viking meal – a plate crammed with meatballs, potatoes and vegetables. She also spent some time at Oktoberfest, just across the street.
"I'm really looking forward to the food," she said. "And I've already looked at some of the booths. There's just a lot of neat stuff here."