It's time to celebrate!
Syttende Mai is this weekend
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 6:13 AM
Velkommen to Spring Grove and Syttende Mai! Mange takk for visiting! The weekend celebration offers many activities and events for people of all ages with newly crowned royalty ready to reign over the event.
There’s still time to sign up for the Rommegrøt Eating Contest set for Sunday afternoon. See the website www.sgsyttendemai.org for details.
Bargain hunters are sure to find great deals during citywide garage sales on Friday.
Roar Moe, visiting from Norway, will be at the Spring Grove Cinema Friday talking about typical Syttende Mai celebrations in Norway as well his experience with the sailing of the very large authentic Viking ship, Dragon Harald Longboat.
Friday evening offers several options for entertainment. The Giants of the Earth Heritage Center is hosting a Gala Dinner and Auction at the Ballard House. Tickets are still available.
For those that enjoy outdoor entertainment, they can participate in or watch the Single-Elimination Bean Bag Tourney at the Fest Building.
Food will also be available during that time at the Peanut Gallery by the Legion.
Elementary children are invited to a dance at the school with SJ Dusty. Live music by American Standard of Waukon, Iowa, will be available at the Fest Building and Simple Rouges at Norski's Saloon with DJ Dewey at the Legion.
Saturday events announced
Early risers on Saturday morning can enjoy a waffle breakfast at the Fest Building as well as bargains at citywide garage sales.
Fest goers can enjoy the beauty of the Spring Grove countryside while walking the Gå På Tur Nature Walk. The old Viking game of Kubb will be played tournament style on the Fest Building grounds.
A Norwegian festival wouldn't be complete without Norwegian food! Find favorites such as lefse, rommegrøt, sweet soup and more at the Legion or the food stand inside the Fest Building.
For those wanting more American-type fare, stop by the Legion Brat Stand at the Peanut Gallery, the Athletic Booster's pork burger stand or the wonderful restaurants in town.
To assist festgoers, a shuttle service will run Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with stops every half hour at the Fest Building, Ballard House/Cinema, the Syttende Mai Hus, Spring Grove Assisted Living and the East Fest Grounds.
The Spring Grove Cinema will be showing WWII oral histories from area residents in the morning, and throughout the day, genealogy research experts will be on hand at the Ballard House to assist people with genealogical questions and information.
Area quilters will have a variety of quilts on display at the Spring Grove Public Library including many friendship quilts that the guild members have made for each other.
The Singing Journalist - Charlie Warner will be providing music at the Fest Building.
New York Times Bestselling author, Jenna Blum, will be in town talking about her book at the cinema along with the opening of her photography exhibit at The Bluff Country Artists Gallery.
The sidewalks along Main Street will fill with chairs, blankets and people as the Grand Parade begins its grand processional at 1:30 p.m.
Following the parade, all ages are invited to the Soap Box Derby races and for those enjoying races that involve vehicles with motors, the Spring Grove Motocross Race, which also begins after the parade.
Throughout the day, kids games and activities will be going on at the Fest Building.
Saturday comes to a close with DJ entertainment at Norski's Saloon and the Legion and live music of the Smokin' Coyotes at the Fest Building.
Sunday offers many activities
The Syttende Mai celebration continues on Sunday with Trinity Lutheran Church's delicious meatball dinner including Norwegian treats of lefse and rommegrøt. Carry-outs are available.
Children interested in using their search and discovery skills can dig through the sawdust pile in search of coins.
For kids with the desire to hang on and go on a ride, they can try their skills at Mutton Bustin' at the Fest Building grounds. Feats of strength will be tested at the Pedal Pull contest. Family games will also continue throughout the afternoon.
Looking for a touch of history? Seventh-grade students will share stories of Spring Grove's early settlers in the Pioneer Cemetery near Trinity Lutheran Church. A Norwegian film will be shown at the cinema at 1:30 p.m.
Is rommegrøt a favorite Norwegian food? Here's a chance to enjoy it.... a lot! A Rommegrøt Eating Contest for ages 5 through adult will take place at the Fest Building. Cash prizes will be awarded in three different age categories.
After the eating contest, seven lucky Syttende Mai button holders will be cash winners. The drawing will take place at the Fest Building. The 2013 Syttende Mai celebration will come to a close with Buck Hollow Band at the Legion.
For details on times, locations and what events Syttende Mai buttons are needed for, visit www.sgsyttendemai.org and for last minute updates "like" Spring Grove Syttende Mai Celebration on Facebook.