9.00 Exhibition of Equipment and a Fire Fighting demonstration
Venue: Ikaalinen Fire Station | Admission: Free
10.00 The celebration of the fire department at the Festival Park representing the history and present-day of Vanha Kauppala and the villages. Music by Kyröskoski Voluntary Fire Department Orchestra.
Venue: Festival Park | Admission: Free
11.00 Church Service
Venue: Ikaalinen church | Admission: Free
12.30 Ikaalinen Day Coffee
Venue: The Yellow School next to the Festival Park | Admission: Free
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Closing Ceremony of the Sata-Häme Soi Accordion Festival both Finnish and foreign artists and the winners of the accordion competitions 2004. The festival speaker is Prime Minister of Finland - Matti Vanhanen.
Venue: Festival Park | Admission: Free
15.00 The Land of Happiness the premiere of the summer theatre production.
Venue: Ikaalinen Spa Open Air Theatre | Admission: 14 € / 7 €
Closing Ceremony of the Sata-Häme Soi Accordion Festival
After some periods of heavy rain during the week, brilliant sunshine greeted the large crowd gathered in Festival Park for the Closing Ceremony. The festival speaker was the Prime Minister of Finland - Matti Vanhanen.

In addition, several of the guests from the weeks concerts performed, and a special award was given to Mika V
äyrynen for his outstanding contributions to the development of the accordion in Finland. The festival is covered here in a pictoral essay.
Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen receiving a present from festival organizer Minna Kulmala and right, the Prime Minister giving his keynote speech.
The Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen giving his speech and afterwards being
thanked by festival organizer Minna Kulmala.
The Tocatta Accordion Orchestra from Sorbrance, Slovakia
Directed by Juraj Libera
The Bryac Quartet from Ukraine performing, and afterwards being
photographed with the festival organizers.
CIA Coupe Mondiale Champions Aleksei Peresidly and Nikolai Sivchuk
Silver Accordion Champion Juuso Vesterinen
Golden Accordion Champion Kaisa Kujanpää
Aleksei Peresidly and Nikolai Sivchuk with the Finnish Prime Minister
Festival director Minna Kulmala and Music Director Kimmo Mattila gave thanks to all who had helped make the festival possible. They presented awards to people who had helped considerably during the festival by volunteering their time and effort to make sure the event went smoothly.
Mika Väyrynen receiving his award from Ikaalinen, Festival Director Minna Kulmala

Sata-Häme Soi Festival Organizers: Minna Kulmala (Director)

Kimmo Mattila (Musical Director) Minna Plihtari (Public Relations Manager)
Accordions Worldwide reporter, Kevin Friedrich
Festival Staff Party and Celebration
The local Ikaalinen group "Hätävara" formed by local musicans both students and teachers, celebrated the release of their new CD by performing for the Sata-Häme Soi Festival Staff Party.

Band members are Esa H
ärmä, Kristiina Ihalainen, Heli Oksanen, Saana Sillanpää, Laura Tamminen, Pipsa Tuominen and Ville Mattila (son of festival music director Kimmo Mattila.)

Visiting artists from the Ukraine the 'Bryac Quartet' got the party rolling and had everyone on their feet for their impromptu performance of modern dance numbers.

This party was a great opportunity to let the organizers thank the many staff for their hard work, as well as let the staff themselves that had worked so hard over the course of the festival to relax and enjoy the evening.

The celebration was held at the popular Oma Tupa. After a buffet dinner, the guests enjoyed dancing the night away with both the local staff and international guests.
In and Around Ikaalinen
Finland's Nature Symbols: Six national 'nature symbols' have been chosen for Finland by popular vote and all the symbols carry powerful connotations of popular tradition, stretching back to ancient times.

They were only officially chosen in the 1980s and '90s, however, so one cannot claim they are based on any formal tradition. The aim in choosing the symbols is to draw attention to Finnish nature and wildlife and to promote appreciation of them.

Symbol Number 6: The brown Bear - Ursus Arctos, is a creature of the wilds which has adapted easily to life with people. Bears are very seldom sighted, but many bears may see people every day!

I am happy I didn't see one in person, but this lovely wooden carving at the Ikaalinen Street Festival gives you a idea of what it might be like to encounter one!
Nordic Walking has established itself as a popular Finnish excercise, combining power walking with the use of ski poles.

Last year there were plenty of roller bladers using ski poles, but now it seems Nordic Walking has become a popular form of excercise.