New royalty will begin their reign on Saturday evening, May 14, at the Syttende Mai Blast-off Banquet.

Emily Myrah will be named Little Miss Syttende Mai and three young ladies will contend for the title of Syttende Mai queen.

The evening will begin with a social hour and candlelight dinner from 6 - 7:30 p.m. and includes a performance by the Spring Grove High School choir. Tickets for the sit-down meal are $15/person and $6/child age 12 and under.

The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the announcement of the 2011 Honorees: King of the Trolls, Mest Hoyaktet Dame (Most Honored Lady), Business Person of the Year, and Honorary Norwegian.

The crowning of the 2011 Syttende Mai Queen and attendants as well as the Little Miss will follow.

Beginning at 8:30 p.m. Chris Von Arx and the Highway 3 band from Caledonia will begin their performance.

For those not attending the banquet, they may come for the band with admission of a Syttende Mai button that will be available at the door.

This will be the last day for pre-festival advance button prices of $7.00. Beginning Sunday, May 15 buttons will be available at area businesses for $10. Remember, when you purchase a button, you are entered in a drawing for a total of $700 to be awarded in seven prizes- one $300, two $100, and four $50.

Tickets for the banquet are available in advance at Mulqueen's Hardware Store and Spring Grove Communications or by calling Cristi Schulte at (507) 498-3771 or Dawn Blackburn at (563) 419-6932.