The daily Astorian. (Astoria, Or.) 1961-current, June 18, 2019, Page C12, Image 30

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THE ASTORIAN • TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019
JORGEN MADSEN NAMED
GRAND MARSHAL FOR
2019 OPTOG PARADE
Jorgen Madsen has been named
Grand Marshal of the 2019 Optog
Walking Parade which will be held at
11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 22, at the
Clatsop County Fairgrounds.
Madsen’s involvement in the Scan-
dinavian Midsummer Festival spans
45 years. He has sung the Danish
anthem at the festival every year since
1975.
Madsen was born in 1934 in
Karleby, Denmark. His wife Berit is
from Norway, and together they immi-
grated to the U.S. in 1964. In 1974,
after attending their fi rst Midsummer
Festival in Astoria, they decided to
move to the North Coast.
When Madsen served as chairman
of the Midsummer Festival Associa-
tion for three years in the late 1970s,
he added the Santa Lucia Festival of
Lights to Astoria’s holiday calendar
and added Iceland to the festival.
Also in the late 1970s, he became
involved with the Scandinavian Hour,
a weekly radio show on KVAS. In
1998, he passed the torch to his daugh-
ter, Sonja Madsen, a former Junior
Miss Denmark, and she continued
until the show’s end in 2004.
His oldest daughter, Ann, was
crowned Miss Scandinavia in 1984,
and his granddaughter, Jodi, was
crowned Miss Scandinavia in 2009.
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