Rain Or Shine

GERRY – Though the weather was less than cooperative, the 13th annual Scandinavian Folk Festival was considered a success by its participants.

The festival concluded its 2014 run Sunday afternoon at the Gerry Rodeo Grounds, where vendors and entertainers continued to entice a handful of visitors into checking out its offerings right up until the bell.

Although practically nonstop rain saturated attendees and participants on Saturday, there was no shortage of food, crafts and first-class entertainment provided by festival organizers this year. The highlight of this year’s entertainment bill was ABBA Girlz, a New York City-based ABBA tribute band which lit up the main entertainment tent with 7:30 p.m. performances on both Friday and Saturday nights.

According to Steve Nowicki, a vendor who had set up shop in his traditional spot adjacent to the main entertainment tent, the nationally-known tribute act did not disappoint those who braved the soggy Saturday weather.

“We did decent business this year, considering the weather,” Nowicki said. “ABBA Girlz was a big attraction, and they were huge in terms of the amount of people they brought in (to the festival) this year.”

Nowicki was working with Franklin’s Honey and Apple Farms, a vendor which is based in Forestville and Mayville. Nowicki said Franklin’s has been a regular participant of the Scandinavian Folk Festival since it began in 2002, adding that the festival coordinators have made participation a worthwhile annual endeavor.

“The people that run this festival are friendly, and they have always treated us very well; so we always come back and have a good time,” he said. “We’re always in the same spot, and we always stay open until everybody’s gone so it works out well for us and them, as well.”

For more information on other activities available at the festival – as well as updates on dates and events for next year’s festival – call 665-0883, or visit