Scandi Fest 2014: Come for the food, stay for the dancing

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. - A Danish dance instructor launched the Scandinavian Festival in the 1960s.

Half a century later, you can still find a viking pillaging the food carts in Junction City.

But dance remains a big part of the heart of the event.

"Dancing is like an active sport that keeps you moving," dancer Caitlin Banning said.

Some attendees have been making memories here for decades.

"I've been here since 1982," vendor William Walther said. "This a profession I've had for 45 years."

And some traditions are new.

"Some people may remember driving up the McKenzie and seeing a little shop called Mom's Pies," said festival president Mark Crenshaw. "That company still exists, and they're here this weekend."

Whether it's the snow cones, sausages, meatballs or music, everyone who comes to the festival finds something to enjoy.

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