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Ilmajoki is a municipality in Southern Ostrobothnia.

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Ilmajoki is a municipality of 12 000 inhabitants, situated in the middle of Southern Ostrobothnia. Ilmajoki is 5-10 min drive away from the city of Seinäjoki and has three modern built-up areas: The City Centre, Koskenkorva, and Ahonkylä. The parish of Ilmajoki, which later became a municipality, was founded in 1516. Ilmajoki is known in the Finnish history as the home of Jaakko Ilkka, leader of a peasant rebellion in the 16th century.

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Ilmajoki Museum was built in 1914 based on the older plans of another church built in 1638 in Ilmajoki. It is one of the oldest rural museums in Finland and it consists of 15,000 objects: children toys, household items, tools, carriages, old clothing etc. The oldest artifacts date back to the Stone Age, 3000 years ago. The chapel was built in 1861 and functions as a separate church museum. In June the museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday between 11 am and 5 pm. Address: Ilkantie 16, 60800 lmajoki, ☎ +358 (0) 6 4248 474.

Koskenkorva Museum depicts the history of the Altia factory and the history of the Koskenkorva estate and village, as well as Finnish alcohol policy. Koskenkorva Viini is the most common clear spirit drink (38%) in Finland produced by Altia in the Koskenkorva distillery in Ilmajoki. The alcohol is made of barley and then distilled to achieve high-purity industrial ethanol. This alcohol is mixed with spring water and a small amount of sugar, obtaining ‘viina’ in Finnish, commonly called vodka in English. In Finland the drink isn’t called ‘vodka’, although the word is found on the label due to EU regulations. There are several variants of Koskenkorva viina on the market, and it is a brand name in Finland. The museum is open during weekdays in the summer, mostly in the month of July, and upon agreement during winter. Address: Trahteerintie 3, 61330 Koskenkorva, ☎ 0400 719392

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The field of Ilkka is nowadays the scene on the annual Ilmajoki Music Festival, one of the main cultural events in the area. Music festivals are an important part of cultural life during summer months in Finland. A Finnish folk opera is traditionally the highlight of the Ilmajoki Music Festival. The wide ranging program of the music festival contains something for everybody - from gospel to folk music. The opera arena is on the riverbanks of Kyröjoki, the largest river in Southern Ostrobothnia. The festival also features a number of interesting concerts and ecclesiastic events. In 2013 and 2014 you can also see opera about the Great Man- Kekkonen. Urho Kaleva Pekkonen (1900-1986) was Prime Minister of Finland for 5 years and later became the eighth and longest serving President of Finland (1956-1982). Address of Music Festival: Ilkantie 17, Ilmajoki ☎ +358 (0) 6 4242900

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