Vasa-Spring Garden Mutual celebrates Midsommar with tractor parade

The Minnesota towns of Vasa and Spring Garden will co-host the annual Garden Tractor Parade and Vasa-Spring Garden Midsommar Festival on June 26. The Swedish holiday, which celebrates the longest day of the year, has been a local tradition for many generations. Vasa-Spring Garden Mutual Insurance (VSGMI) has organized the parade since 2010.

“Six years ago, we decided to do a tractor parade as part of VSGMI’s 150th anniversary,” said Scott Safe, VSMGI’s assistant manager. “It was such a success, we decided to add it to the annual Midsommar festival.”

Food, fun, and frivolity

The event kicks off with a Swedish pancake feed at Vasa Lutheran Church, followed by a church service. The tractor drivers gear up for the parade shortly thereafter. The 10 miles to Spring Garden usually takes about an hour.

“There’s a ‘Blessing of the Tractors,’ and then they fire them up and head toward the Spring Garden Church,” said Safe, who is also an organizer of the event. “Live music, games, and a traditional meal of Swedish meatballs and mashed potatoes await the tractors’ arrival.”

Connecting community and commerce

Both churches invite all of their parishioners and neighbors, and VSGMI invites its 1,700 policyholders.

“The community is very involved and the event is open to everyone,” said Safe. “Last year, around 400 people were served at Spring Garden. This year, we hope it’s even more!”

For more information

Learn more about the Vasa-Spring Garden Annual Tractor Parade and Midsommar Festival on its Facebook page. You’ll find information about this year’s event and photos from past years.

Read how Grinnell Mutual is involved in the community on grinnellmutual.com.