Morgan Bowles 2018 St. Lucia

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2018 Saint Lucia Morgan Bowles pictured on the Välkommen Trail Bridge

The legend of Saint Lucia tells the story of a young girl, clad in a white gown with a red sash, her head surrounded by a halo of light, who appeared to bring hope, warmth and food to those in need during a time of famine in Sweden. With the coming of Christianity to Sweden around 1200, it’s thought that missionaries shared the story of Lucia bringing food and drink to the poor. The Lindsborg St. Lucia Festival is a beautiful and important celebration during the holiday season. Lindsborg’s traditional festival is celebrated the 2nd Saturday in December.  It is typically a few days before the true St. Lucia Day, celebrated in Sweden on December 13th . The Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers host the festival which includes St. Lucia crafts and storytelling, Swedish folk dancing, holiday music, a bake sale with proceeds being donated to the Associated Churches of Lindsborg, and St. Lucia programs and receptions. The 2018 St. Lucia was Smoky Valley High School senior Morgan Bowles.

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