Syttende Mai enjoys great weather, crowds
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 6:15 AM
Despite threatening weather on Sunday, Spring Grove enjoyed another successful Syttende Mai celebration, fueled in part by beautiful weather on Saturday, reaching a high of 79 degrees for the Grand Parade at 1:30 p.m.
Quite a few people wear their bunads each Syttende Mai. Pictured above are Mary Deters, left, and Yvonne Krogstad in their Spring Grove bunads in front of the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center. See page 14 for more photo highlights.
After the parade, the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center in Spring Grove asked the public to join in being photographed for a historic picture on Main Street (from Ivy Grove to the Bluff Country Artists Gallery).
Several hundred people dutifully lined up for Kathrine Myrah to snap their photo from the east and Jon Speltz from the west. Watch next week's Herald for a copy of that picture that is being preserved by the heritage center, as it is the last time, in our lifetime, that Main Street will look like this. The reconstruction and paving project is scheduled to begin around June 4.
Everyone that participated in the May 18 picture are encouraged to come back for UffDa Fest on Saturday, Oct. 5, when the new street should be done and nearly ready for traffic.
The Syttende Mai Committee is pleased to announce the following results and information from this weekend festivities.
Winners of the May 17 Bean Bag Tournament are: first place Tayler Brown and Jeff Blythe, Cresco, Iowa, second place Ryan Goetzinger and Andy Bauer, Caledonia, and third place Trevor Storlie and Brent Garcia, Spring Grove.
Button raffle winners drawn on Sunday include: $50 each to Cheryl Wiste, Milly Halverson, Maurene Frydenlund and Cory Alfson; $100 each to Tiffany Tweito and Lorilyn Dehning; and the grand prize winner of $300 was Jana Masters.
Parade winners (listed in first through fourth pace) were: Best Musical Entry - Mabel-Canton High School Band and Spring Grove High School Band; Best Youth Entry - Newhouse Norsemen 4-H Club, Calvary Evangelical Church, Little Lions Preshool and Spring Grove Boy & Girl Scouts; Best Community Entry - Ye Olde Opera House, Spring Grove Family Chiropractic, Sons of Norway Lodge and Buds & Blossoms Flower Club; Most Original Entry - Storlie's Portable Pit Stop, Farm Bureau Insurance, Calvary Evg. Free Church and Past Mrs. Oktoberfests; and Best Out-of-Town Entry - La Crosse Oktoberfest, NE IA Shriner Motor Clowns, La Crescent Applefest and Rushford Fire Department.
See page 14 of this week's paper for other results and highlights of this year's celebration.