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Scandinavian Festival shuns scantily clad.

Byline: Karen McCowan The Register-Guard

JUNCTION CITY - Skandale!

That would be Danish for "scandal!"

This city's most famous product - the Men of the Long Tom Grange calendar - has been banished from its most famous event, the Scandinavian Festival.

Calendar conceiver and promoter Danuta Pfeiffer said the group previously had been told it could sell calendars at next month's event, and had made arrangements to do so at the Chamber of Commerce booth.

But in a Friday press release titled "Long Tom Grange Calendar Censored by Scandinavian Festival," Pfeiffer said the chamber and the festival had reneged.

Chamber executive director Taryl Perry said the organization reconsidered its offer because it seemed unfair to allow only one of its many members to sell its own product in the chamber's booth, which sells Scandinavian Festival T-shirts.

Festival association secretary David Vaughan confirmed that the board on July 6 passed a motion "stating that the board did not want to have the Long Tom Grange as a vendor for 2004."

The board passed a second motion saying it "did not wish to have any vendor at Festival sell their current product."

Vaughan said the controversial nature of the calendars prompted him to seek a full board vote on the Grange's request, which had been approved by the association's vendor chairwoman after polling the festival's executive board.

The calendars, which have raised more than $250,000 for Junction City schools, are a beefcake spoof featuring middle-aged and older men posing nude behind strategically placed props. The 2005 models range from the mayor to the assistant police chief.

"They've all given us the cold shoulder," Pfeiffer wrote of the festival board and chamber decisions. "And we thought we were the only ones with cold shoulders around here."

Perhaps some Scandinavian paperdoll aprons could be pasted over the pin-ups?

No need to get drastic, Pfeiffer said.

"We will be very visible right outside the festival grounds selling our calendars," she said.
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Date:Jul 10, 2004
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