Syttende Mai 2006 -
Our 2006 Syttende Mai festival will be held May 19th, 20th and 21st, 2006.
Claim your seats early in order to acquire a good view. Please enjoy yourself by taking in the parade and food stands, but please keep the streets and sidewalks clean by taking every thing that you came with and throwing every thing out you don’t need. Make sure that you also drink responsibly so that you make it enjoyable for the others around you too. Have a wonderful Syttende Mai weekend and hope to see you all there.
If you would like to an application form please contact the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce.
History of Syttende Mai -
The Norwegian heritage of many of Stoughton's citizens is celebrated each year as our entire town and thousands of guests observe Syttende Mai. The words "Syttende Mai" are Norwegian for "seventeen May", and the event is held on the weekend closest to May 17.
On that day in 1814, the Norwegian Constitution was signed, giving Norway independence from its 500 year union with Denmark. Stoughton's Syttende Mai celebration dates back as far as 1868, when Norwegian immigration to this part of Wisconsin was reaching its crest.
Syttende Mai reaches its climax when the annual parade, starting at the Mandt Center down 4th St. and turning left nearly the whole way down Main St., starts. Syttende Mai is a very colorful, gala, family-oriented affair with many people wearing authentic Norse costumes. There are folk dancing performances by the world famous Stoughton Norwegian Dancers, exhibits of Norwegian rosemaling (painting) and hardanger (needlework), Norse costume style show, Norwegian church services, smorgasbord of Norwegian foods including lutefisk and lefse, a variety of musical performances, and an Ugliest Troll Drawing contest.
Syttende Mai also features an arts and crafts fair, quilt show, Village Player performances, street dances, Viking encampment, canoe race, 20-mile Run, 17-mile Walk, a sailboat race on Lake Kegonsa, a huge Norwegian parade, and local food stands everywhere! A king and queen, and prince and princess are chosen to reign over the festivities.
This has been an annual event ever since the year Many people from all over the state representing Norwegian communities come to this annual event.
Last year this celebration marked the 100 yr. anniversary of Norway’s independence from Denmark. It was the longest parade with the largest turn out in the celebrations history.
Syttende Mai Photo Gallery -