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  • Come to Stoughton for Syttende Mai on May 18, 19 & 20, 2018!

    Everyone is Norwegian at Stoughton’s annual Syttende Mai Festival celebrated here more than 100 years. 

    Celebrate the 17th of May and join in the fun at the Viking Strongman Competition, enjoy a Wisconsin craft brew, or get your Viking on in the annual 42nd Annual Canoe Race, and portage  down the Yahara River. 

    “Syttende Mai” means "17th of May," and is Norway’s Constitution Day, a national holiday celebrated in Norway with parades, red white and blue ribbons and flags, national costumes, and lots of fun. You can get an idea of what this day means to Norwegians by thinking about what the 4th of July means to you.

    Stoughton celebrates Syttende Mai every year on the weekend nearest the 17th of May. This year’s festival runs from Friday, May 18 through Sunday, May 20.

    At the festival you'll find authentic Norwegian meatballs, krumkake, and lefse, the Sunday parade, hardanger fiddle music, even cheese curds! You’ll see people of Norwegian ancestry dressed in bunads, traditional folk costumes. You’ll find demonstrations of the traditional Norwegian arts of rosemaling and hardanger embroidery.

    You’ll also see performances by our Norwegian Dancers, students from Stoughton High School, who practice and perform authentic Scandinavian dances throughout the year. Not to be missed!

    There’s much more to enjoy at Syttende Mai:

    • 20 Mile Run from Madison to Stoughton
    • 10 Mile Run
    • 17 Mile Walk
    • Canoe Race on the Yahara River
    • Quilt Show and Hardanger Exhibit
    • Arts & Crafts Show
    • Stoughton Village Players Theater Performances
    • Handanger Fiddle Exhibit and Demonstration
    • Norwegian Folk Music
    • Childrens' Parade on Saturday
    • Norwegian Parade on Sunday
    • Norwegian Church Service
    • Edvard Grieg Chorus
    • Craft Beer Tent
    • Food!

    Check back for more information and the complete schedule.


  • Syttende Mai 2017 King & Queen

    Jean and Marty Lamers

    Thank you for your service to our community!

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