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Geneva Chamber: A big ‘thank you’ for making Swedish Days all about community

“Spännande” in Swedish or “exciting” in English is truly what Swedish Days – supported by Northwestern Medicine – was last month.

While Swedish Days looked a bit different, we were pleased to be able to be one of the first festivals in the state in Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan.

Mother Nature threw us some curveballs, but we were able to get every event in over the four days.

A giant thank you to the city of Geneva departments for making sure the downtown always looked its best and for all the work of setting up and hooking up whatever was necessary to run the event.

Thank you to the Geneva Emergency Management Agency and Geneva police and fire departments for keeping everyone safe. Thank you to Kane County for allowing us to use its property for our exciting events and attractions. Thank you to the sponsors and partners; we are grateful for your support. Thank you to the volunteers who represented Geneva superbly, and thank you to the Geneva businesses for staying open late for the visitors. Thank you to anyone who donated monetarily or their time or talents. The Geneva Chamber of Commerce appreciates it! This festival is truly a community event.

Now that it is July, this month is all about the Geneva Arts Fair. Downtown Geneva will be transformed into a venue for esteemed artists July 24-25. Presented by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, the juried show is celebrating 20 years. Fine artisans from around the country will display their unique oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, captivating sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography.

Once again, the expertise and products of Plandscape will transform the center of the show into a breathtaking display of foliage and color. You will not believe that this beauty is only temporary.

The Kids’ Art project will be in the middle of the show on Franklin Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both days.

Geneva merchants and restaurants will be open. You are welcome to shop and enjoy their menus.

The Geneva Arts Fair is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Visit for information.

July also signals the start of the Geneva Chamber Classic Car Shows. The first one is tonight, July 8. They will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday evenings through Aug. 26. Step back in time at the historic Kane County Courthouse as car collectors gather to show off their rides. The crowd comes from near and far to bop to the music of the 1950s. Ogle the beauties and vote for your favorite make and model.

Sponsors and monetary donations contribute to the financing of Geneva Chamber festivals. Without this support, we would have a difficult time producing the high-quality, award-winning festivals we are known for. Patronize our local businesses and thank them for helping make your festival experience wonderful and fun.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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