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Westby
Syttende Mai 

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Be prepared for a full day of activities and fun as we kick off Saturday of our big weekend Syttende Mai celebration.

SATURDAY, may 20 EVENTS

SPONSORED BY:

Solvang 457

Westby Sons of Norway

  7:00am - 10:00am

FROKOST

Authentic Norwegian syttende mai community breakfast

United Methodist Church - 202 East State St.

  • MENU

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

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9:00am - 4:00pm

ROSEMALERS SHOW & SALE | bAKE SALE | RAFFLE 

Lower level - Bekkum Memorial Library

206 N Main St.

 

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

 

Their annual Rosemalers Show & Sale showcases the tradition of rosemaling, the beautiful art form of Norway, along with featuring the talents of their Club members.

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 a Rosemaled Plate or Chest.

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. 

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Heritage Center
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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

9:00am - 3:00pm

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​

  • Westby Syttende Mai button required

SPONSORED BY:
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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
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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:
Antique Tractor Pull

9:00am - 4:00pm

INFLATABLE KIDS GAMES

Athletic Field - off of Market St.

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

Kiddie Parade

10:00am - 5:00pm

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.

  • Commercial

  • Crafts

SPONSORED BY:
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Arts & Crafts Fair

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

Holding Golf Clubs
Golf Tourney
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10:00am - 3:00pm

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.

 

Anyone attending will receive a Norwegian novel translated into English, Legend of Siljatjern Seter by Gunlaug Nøkland while supplies last. Donations appreciated.

Museum Tours

10:00am - 2:00pm

Autographed BOOK SIGNING

Dregne's Scandinavian Gifts - 100 S Main St.

  • Authors signing books:

    • Sue Berg

    • Susan Apps Bodilly

Book Signing
Book Signing

10:30am - 12:00pm

NORWEGIAN KIDS CRAFTS

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

  • Viking Masks

  • Norwegian Ships

  • Rosemaled Ornament

Image by Markus Spiske
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40/8 Lokey

11:00am - 2:00pm

Take a Ride on LOKEY

  • New Directions Real Estate Parking Lot - 110 North Main St.

SPONSORED BY:
Ride Lokey
HistoryLive NISSE

Are you a true NISSE believer? 

11:30am - 12:30pm

HISTORY ALIVE PRESENTATION

Basement - New Directions Real Estate

110 N Main St.

Yes or no?  Arno Morton, WI-based Norwegian history researcher, will convince you that they are not trolls! Attending his program, you can become aware of the unique history of all of the Scandinavian Nisse types; find out about the very old beliefs in them since people have been doing since the 1300s!! 

 

Certain lucky attendees will be able to win a bag of Red, White & Blue Nisse treats! 

SPONSORED BY:
History Live HEG

 Col. Heg’s all Wisconsin Norwegian Infantry Regiment Saga

12:30pm - 1:30pm

HISTORY ALIVE PRESENTATION

Basement - New Directions Real Estate

110 N Main St.

Wearing his authentic American Civil War uniform as well as bearing a period-correct rifle, you can join David Glomstad, local American Civil War researcher, as he brings the famous Norwegian Col. Heg’s all Wisconsin Norwegian Infantry Regiment saga to life!  Glomstad will help you become aware of the roles that many Vernon Co. soldiers played as they joined Heg! 

 

Join the Q and A following!  Certain lucky attendees will be able to sample a piece of home made soldier’s “survival bread” aka hard tack and take home its recipe!

SPONSORED BY:
Norske Stage

1:00pm - 10:00pm

Norske Stage &
beer Garden

Market Street

SPONSORED BY:
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm -- GARY'S RIDGELAND DUTCHMEN​

  • 6:00pm - 10:00pm -- BLUE COLLAR 40​

Gary's Ridgeland Dutchmen

Featuring International Polka Hall of Famer Gary Brueggen!

Playing a variety of Polka music including Dutchmen, German, Czech style, Polish Style and Slovenian style along with a variety of country, big band, swing, and 50's and 60's music.

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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Loyal Norwegian Patriots & Their Epic Story 

2:00pm - 3:00pm

HISTORY ALIVE PRESENTATION

Basement - New Directions Real Estate

110 N Main St.

Learn how very brave Norwegian citizens hid their Country’s gold reserves and also helped their King escape the Nazis during WW2!  WI-based Norwegian history researcher, Arno Morton, will give tribute to the tenacity of these loyal patriots and their epic story! 

 

Certain lucky attendees will leave with a small stash of gold foil-wrapped chocolate coins! 

SPONSORED BY:
History Live PATRIOTS

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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7:00PM

WESTBY HIGH SCHOOL CHORAL CONCERT

Tara Lyons - Director

206 West Ave S

Concert Intermission

MASTER bUTTON & dOLL AUCTION

  • Master Button Designer Recognition

  • Norse themed dolls up for Auction as a fundraiser for Westby Syttende Mai

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Choral Concert
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