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A letter from the Geneva Chamber of Commerce

Jun 02, 2015 01:09PM ● Published by Katelyn Nelson

Recreation. Relaxing and doing activities for your enjoyment. In a short six weeks, downtown Geneva will be transformed into ground zero for recreation, also known as Swedish Days. June 23–28 to be exact. Six days of staying downtown a little later, to enjoy the festival that has been part of everyone’s summer for 66 years.

So what can be enjoyed in 2015?

For thrills, the Carnival and Quad Power Jump never disappoint. Is this the year to try the ride you spent all last summer just watching or maybe attempt one more aerial somersault at the Quad?

How about that special food item? You know the one, it can only be found at Swedish Days. You look forward to that first bite on Tuesday. But did you also know that the booths are run by local non-profits and buying that turkey leg, brat, corn dog or slice of pizza will help over 30 local charities that these organizations support.

Table and tents come out of hibernation at shops and restaurants, preparing for the Genevans and visitors that will convene downtown looking for that one of a kind gift.

And there’s free music! Bands on Central Stage—7th Heaven, Dennis O’Brien Band, Heartache Tonight, Hillbilly Rockstarz and The Moods. Easy listening on the Courthouse Lawn—Ricky Davis, Patrick Spiroff, Plain White V’s and Ask Your Folks. Talent twice during the week—Geneva’s Got Talent, back for a fourth year and now coordinated by recreation experts, Geneva Park District.

On Tuesday, kids can have a blast at Circus on Third. Learn how to walk across a tight wire, balance on a rolling globe and spin plates! In addition, performances by The Runaway Circus include contortion, juggling and hula-hooping. Free face painting with Midwest Fun Factory and Istvan& His Imaginary Band are back to rock Third Street.

Activities for the young visitors continue with Creation Station (the word ‘creation’ is in recreation. A coincidence? I think not) and Kids’ Day.

For refreshment of strength and spirit, Craft Brew@402 is perfect. This event is back in an expanded location—right across State St. at the corner of N. Fourth and State with longer hours starting on Thursday.

 A visit to Sweden is recreated at Sweden Väst, in its new location at S. Fourth and State streets.

And on Sunday…the Grand Parade. Whether you stake your location before the sun is up Sunday or find a spot five minutes before, get ready for sensory explosion and stimulation.

Looking up synonyms for recreation, I found that most of the words had something in common with at least one activity at the festival. However, one synonym for recreation stood out as a word that could also be synonymous with Swedish Days—laughs!

So, whatever your definition of recreation is, join us the last week in June for amusement, relaxation, entertainment, exercise, distraction and of course LAUGHS!

Visit genevachamber.com for all things Swedish Days supported by Northwestern Medicine.

What else can bring you enjoyment? How about the chance to win at least $5000?

Geneva Chamber is partnering with eight different local non-profits (CASA Kane County, Geneva Academic Foundation, Geneva Community Chest, Geneva History Museum, Geneva Lions Club, Geneva Music Boosters, Rotary Club of Geneva and TriCity Family Services) in this five month long 50/50 raffle. Tickets are for sale at $5/ticket; $20/5 tickets and $100/30 tickets and can be purchased at the Geneva Chamber office (8 S. Third St.) or by contacting a member of any of the above organizations. In addition, quantities of 30 for $100 can also be bought at genevachamber.com. Select Geneva businesses will also have them for sale.

Sales will continue through Sept. 12 with the drawing on Sun., Sept. 13 at Festival of the Vine.

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