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Westby
Syttende Mai 

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Be prepared for a full day of activities and fun with the Saturday line-up at our   Syttende Mai celebration.

SATURDAY, may 18

SPONSORED BY:

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Westby Sons of Norway

  7:00am - 10:00am

FROKOST

Authentic Norwegian syttende mai community breakfast

United Methodist Church - 202 East State St.

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Egg Dish | Waffles | Herring | Breads | Danish | Veggies | Fruit |

Norwegian Cheeses & Meats | Juice & Coffee

  • COST:​​

    • Adults - $10.00​

    • Children (3 - 10) - $5.00

Frokost

9:00am

OPENING CEREMONIES

Felleskap Square - Greenspace - Main St.

  • Syttende Mai Board Members & Dignitaries

  • Special Recognitions & Presentations

  • Unveiling of special History

SPONSORED BY:

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Westby
Syttende Mai 

Opening Ceremonies

Coulee Region   Rosemalers

Always a favorite at Westby Syttende Mai!  The Coulee Region Rosemalers are a mainstay of our annual celebration.

This annual Rosemalers Show & Sale showcases the tradition of rosemaling, the beautiful art form of Norway, along with featuring the talents of their Club Members!

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9:00am - 4:00pm

ROSEMALERS SHOW & SALE | bAKE SALE | RAFFLE 

Lower level - Bekkum Memorial Library

206 N Main St.

 

What better way of showing your Norwegian heritage than purchasing a "one of a kind" work of Norwegian art and adding it to your home.  Get to this sale early as these  beautiful, handcrafted items will sell quickly.

Also, make sure you purchase your Raffle Tickets as you could win one of these beautiful rosemaled prizes.  $1.00 per ticket; 6 tickets for $5.00.  Drawing on Sun., May 19th.  Tickets available from Coulee Region Rosemalers Club Members or at Dregne's Scandinavian Gifts in Westby.

 

Prizes on display at Dregne's Scandinavian Gifts in Westby. 

Click on prizes for larger view

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TINE
Gudbrandsdalen style Rosemaled by
Heather Clark
QUILTED NORWEGIAN WALL HANGING
Rosemaled by Mary Lake
Chip Carving by Bob Lake

Rosemalers Show & Sale

9:00am - 4:00pm

SYTTENDE MAI
HERITAGE CENTER

Westby VFW - 205 N Main St.

 

  • Demonstrations of Norwegian art; including wood carving, weaving, needlework and baking. 

SPONSORED BY:

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Heritage Center
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9:00am - 4:00pm

RØMMEGRØT SALE

Westby VFW - 205 North Main St.

  • Bertha Johnson is well known for her Rommegrot.  A must try when you are at Westby Syttende Mai!

  • You can purchase in 12 oz., 1/2 gallon or 1 gallon quantities. 

  • If you want to put in an order, call Bertha at 608-632-3449

  • If Bertha is not sold out she will be selling Rommegrot again on Sunday

Rommegrot Sale
Arts & Crafts Fair

9:00am - 4:00pm

ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR

Market St. (behind Subway)

Booths will be located in our Arts & Crafts Fair tent and other artisans will have their booths outside around the tent area.   Make sure that you visit their booths and see the unique and beautiful crafts on display and for sale at our Arts & Crafts Fair.

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  • Crafts

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9:00am - 4:00pm

INFLATABLE KIDS GAMES

Athletic Field - off of Market St.

9:00am - 1:00pm

FREE MUSEUM TOURS

111 Bekedahl Avenue

The museum is an 1892 family home of prominent Westby businessman, Theodore Thoreson, and his son, Bennett Thoreson, who was Westby’s first mayor.

  • See a detailed diorama of 1910 Westby

  • Entire room honoring our veterans

  • Displays of Syttende Mai, tobacco farming, and ski jumping.

  • The Genealogy Room will be open for review.  Appointments can be made for future research.

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Museum Tours
Antique Tractor Pull
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9:30am

ANTIQUE TRACTOR PULL

Industrial Park - Swiggum Road

  • Registration starts at 9:30am

  • Pulling starts at 11:00am

SPONSORED BY:

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Westby State Bank
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kid's coloring contest

PRE-K through 4TH GRADE

Students at Westby & Coon Valley Elementary Schools

  • On display throughout Syttende Mai weekend in the windows at Bland Clinic - 100 Melby St.

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AMATEUR PHOTO CONTEST

  • On display throughout Syttende Mai weekend in the windows at Westby State Bank - 100 N. Main St.

  • A certificate will be awarded to 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in each category.

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Car Show

10:00am - 2:00pm

CAR & Motorcycle SHOW

Veterans Memorial Field - 204 Market St.

  • Registration - 9:00am - 12:00pm

    • $5.00 entry fee per vehicle​

  • Award Presentations - 3:00pm

    • must be present to receive your award​

  • Free to the Public

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Kiddie Parade

SPONSORED BY:

10:00am

BLAND CLINIC PARKING LOT

100 Melby St.

  • 9:30am - Line-Up & Entrant Judging

  • Starts at the corner of Melby and Main St. and proceeds south on Main St. to Maple St.

  • CATEGORIES JUDGED:

  • Most Authentic Norwegian Girl

  • Most Authentic Norwegian Boy

  • Best Dressed Nisse

  • Youngest Norski

  • Best Dressed pet

  • Best Dressed Norwegian Family

  • Best Decorated Wagon or Bike

  • Funniest Entry

  • Judges' Choice

10:00am

SNOWFLAKE  gOLF TOURNAMENT

Snowflake Ski & Golf Club   E7940 County Road P

  • Call 608-634-3211 to register - 18-hole Big Cup Tourney

  • $100 per foursome team

  • Carts & food included

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Golf Tourney
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10:30am - 12:00pm

NORWEGIAN KIDS CRAFTS

Our Saviors Church Back Parking Lot - 306 S Main St.

  • Viking Masks

  • Norwegian Ships

  • Rosemaled Ornament

KidsCrafts

10:30am - 2:00pm

Kid's barrel train rides

  • Free rides on Highland St.

Kids Running
Face Painting

10:30am - 2:00PM

Kid's CARNIVAL GAMES

  • Our Savior’s Church parking lot

  • Seas Branch Smithies 4H Club

Carnival games
HistoryLive GILBERTSON
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laurann gilbertson

chief curator

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Laurann Gilbertson holds a BA in Anthropology and an MS in Textiles and Clothing, both from Iowa State University.  She has worked at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa for 30 years. 

 

Laurann worked as the Textile Curator for 19 years and now is the Chief Curator.  Among her duties are overseeing the collection of more than 30,000 artifacts, creating exhibitions, and Leading Textile Study Tours to Norway.

11:00am - 12:00pm

Norwegian Folk Costumes
A LIVING TRAdITION

Basement - New Directions Real Estate

110 N Main St.

Learn about the history of costumes from Hardanger, Telemark, Hallingdal, and many other regions of Norway. The forces of politics, fashion, and immigration have left their mark on this important part of Norwegian and Norwegian-American folk culture.

1:00pm - 200pm

In Trunks, Hands, and Hearts
What Immigrants brought to the United States

Between 1825 and 1980, nearly one million Norwegians left for new lives in America. Consider the reasons for leaving, what they brought, and where they settled. Explore the immigration experience through stories associated with artifacts in Vesterheim’s Collection.

SPONSORED BY:
History Live KOVARIK
Norske Stage

1:00pm - 11:00pm

Norske Stage &
beer Garden

Market Street

  • 3:00pm - 6:00pm -- SPUNKY BUMPKINS

  • 7:00pm - 11:00pm -- BLUE COLLAR 40​

SPONSORED BY:

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Spunky Bumpkins bring high energy, dancing rock music! Covering an eclectic mix of well-known songs from the 60’s to today, 

Blue Collar 40 is one Western Wisconsin's premier country bands playing a mix of Country and Rock.

K9

1:00pm

VERNON COUNTY K9 DEMONSTRATION

Veterans Memorial Field - 204 Market St.

  • Officer Mark Bellacero

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Magic
Magic Hat, Wand and Cards

1:00pm - 2:00PM

mAGIC OF iSAIAH

Entertainment Tent

  • Who wants to see some magic? Magic of all ages. 

David Egen
SPONSORED BY:
Country Coon Prairie Preservation
Westby Historical Society

2:00pm - 3:00pm

David Engen
winner of Norwegian television show
“Alt for Norge”

Country Coon Prairie Church

S2706 Coon Prairie Road

David Engen from Minneapolis will be sharing his experience as a contestant and winner of Season 6 of the Norwegian television show, Alt for Norge.

 

The show was filmed in 2015 and, similar to The Amazing Race, sets challenges and obstacles for Americans who are descendants of Norwegian immigrants and have never visited Norway. As the winner of the show, David spent his special 60th birthday in Norway and met many of his Norwegian relatives.

 

He is a retired Lutheran minister and a very entertaining speaker. David will share the funny, frustrating, demanding, and emotional roller coaster of his adventures in Norway.

 

Please put this FREE event on your calendar and plan to attend!

3:00pm

KIDDIE TRACTOR PULL

Corner of Market & Highland Streets

  • 2:00pm - Registration

  • 3:00pm - First Pull 

  • Full Pedal Competition

  • Awards for 1st through 3rd in every class - Ages 4-12.

  • Button required for 1 Adult

SPONSORED BY:
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Kiddie TractorPull
Dog Lover

1:00pm

dog Show

Syverson Dog Park - 331 Bekkedahl St.

  • Registration - $5.00 per dog

  • Paper vaccination is required.

Dog Show

Pony Poop bingo

Near Corner of Market and Highland St.

  • Where the pony "goes" will make someone a big winner!

  • Saturday, May 18th & Sunday, May 19th

  • Fundraiser for the Vernon County 4-H Horse Project

Image by Rod Long
Pony poop bingo
Dueling Pianos
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7:00PM

Piano Fondue Dueling Pianos

206 West Ave S
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