Swedish Festival Royalty

In 1962, the Stromsburg Commercial Club decided people of the community who have contributed graciously of their time and talents should be rewarded. Each year since, two people are honored as the king and queen, crowned during the Swedish Festival in mid-June. Their reign is for one year.

In earlier years, the king and queen were selected by popular vote with the ballots placed in a box at the city office. The city staff counted and supervised the voting. In 1969, candidates were nominated by previous royalty and various organizations. These ballots were printed in the local newspaper and voting was again supervised by the city office staff. Beginning in 1972, nominating and voting for the king and queen became the sole obligation of past kings and queens. Voting is kept secret and only the two officers and some immediate family members are aware of who the new royalty will be until they are revealed at the Friday evening program during the Swedish Festival.

Kings and Queens of the Stromsburg Royal Family

1. 1962 Donald Nordberg* Laura Lauerman*
2. 1963 Walter French* Evelyn French*
3. 1964 Enoch Ekstrand* Margaret Anderson*
4. 1965 Leslie Johnson* Irene Fredrickson*
5. 1966 Dr. C. L. Anderson* Geraldine Rystrom
6. 1967 Rev. Lester Anderson* May Branting*
7. 1968 Carleton Anderson* Helen Fusby*
8. 1969 Herb Olson* Carolyn Ekstrand
9. 1970 Harry Christensen* Doris Kreis
10. 1971 Warren Johnson* Betty Johnson
11. 1972 Alton Wilhelms Lavina Lamoree*
12. 1973 James Rosenquist Myrna Swanson*
13. 1974 Wilmer Anderson* Annette Lindburg
14. 1975 Kermit Branting* Marlyce Christensen*
15. 1976 Clair McCormick* Irene Johnson*
16. 1977 Orville Dodds* Mildred Flodman*
17. 1978 Willis Davis Carolyn Peterson*
18. 1979 Sterling Anderson Margaret Berggren*
19. 1980 Max Quick* Ethel Larson*
20. 1981 Carl Sundberg* Flora Sherwood*
21. 1982 Jack Anderson Judy Anderson
22. 1983 Homer Cuddeford* Orpha Moore*
23. 1984 Wesley Fredrickson* Mary Anne Guggenmos
24. 1985 Jim Hatfield* Ruth Ann Peterson
25. 1986 Earl Byleen* Ardis Wilhelms
26. 1987 Kurth DeLand Clarice Baker
27. 1988 Fred Guggenmos Eleanor Hatfield
28. 1989 Dennis Koinzan Nancy Johnson
29. 1990 Brooke Berggren* Marla Teegerstrom
30. 1991 Vance Teegerstrom Arla Quick*
31. 1992 Vayden Anderson Jewell Hanson*
32. 1993 Marvin Wadell Eleanor Greenwall
33. 1994 Stanton Moore* Judy Buzek
34. 1995 James Ekstrand* Elaine Ekstrand
35. 1996 Harold Anderson* Carol Rystrom
36. 1997 Rev. Bob Johnson Wilma Berggren
37. 1998 Elmer Corbit* Laura Hunt
38. 1999 Everett Loreman* Imogene Loreman*
39. 2000 Donald Holmberg Betty Corbit*
40. 2001 Bruce Schmidt Carolyn Nordberg
41. 2002 Tim Teegerstrom Elaine Westring
42. 2003 Mike Branting Terri Holtzen
43. 2004 Leroy Gerrard Grace Gerrard
44. 2005 Perry Noyd Pam Johnson
45. 2006 Frank Samuelson Marilyn Holmberg
46. 2007 Timm Waller Sharon Noyd
47. 2008 Dave Thompson Cinda Koinzan
48. 2009 Charles Noyd Mary Wadell
49. 2010 George Lyons* Shari Sundberg
50. 2011 Barb Cotter & Tim Pallas
51. 2012 Bob Berggren & Kendra Waller
52. 2013 Ron Florea & Roni Branting
53. 2014 Willis Waller & Kathy Cowan
54. 2015 Robert Greenwall & Cheri Giannou
 55. 2016 Craig Beebe & Sue Lehn


* Represents deceased.