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Carnivale fundraiser at kidscommons has Swedish theme

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Local residents are invited to come ski, dance and mingle the night away for a worthy cause at the 11th annual Carnivale fundraiser at kids-commons on Saturday.

This year’s theme: Sweden.

More than 250 people attended last year’s “Carnivale UK,” which netted $70,000.

Proceeds from the annual event benefit the children’s museum.

Guests attending Carnivale Sweden will be met with Swedish-inspired decor on each level of the museum.

The main level will be decorated like a ski lodge complete with a Wii game system set up so guests can try some downhill skiing.

The ski lodge will feature an ice sculpture of a skier on a ski slope, said Diane Robbins, the museum’s community relations and marketing manager.

The upper level will offer elements of Swedish holidays, including Midsummer Festival and Easter holiday.

Set against a backdrop of Swedish decor, guests will be able to enjoy an array of Swedish-inspired foods, Robbins said. Dishes will include deviled eggs with poached shrimp, pickled herring with boiled potatoes, Swedish meatballs with butter noodles and Swedish sausage with potato gratin.

Entertainment? Yes, there will be some ABBA.

The band from Sweden is known for hit songs such as “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia” and “Fernando,” all released during the late 1970s.

“A lot of people think of ABBA, but there are other Swedish bands and music that’s played on the radio today,” said event volunteer Sandra Adlen, a Stockholm native who moved to Columbus with her husband, Erik, in 2012.

“There will be a mix of rock and pop music from the 1970s to today that a lot of people will recognize, like Ace of Base and Robyn,” she said.

It is a casual event, but ABBA costumes from the popular disco era are welcome.

The event also will feature live and silent auctions. Guests may bid on a range of items during the evening, including overnight packages to destinations from Las Vegas to nearby Nashville. All items may be viewed at starting this week.

“I hope we raise a lot of money for kidscommons and the guests will learn something new about Sweden,” Adlen said.

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