Westby Syttende Mai

  May 18 - 19, 2019!!


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Pancake Supper: Thursday, May 16th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the local VFW on Main St. A delicious community fundraiser benefiting the Westby Syttende Mai and Snowflake Royalties…join us, meet your neighbors, and support our local Royalties in Westby!

Kickoff Breakfast: Friday, May 17th, 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM located at Norske Grill at 411 N Main St.  Join Gary Gilbertson, host of the local Old Time Music Show at WVRQ AM 1360, for a “Tapping Your Toes with the Trolls” good time. Sit, relax with good friends, eat a hearty breakfast and enjoy the music by Tor Eness & Friends.



Syttende Mai Button and Raffle Tickets: Cash Prizes!!! Have a chance to win $500, $200, $100 or $75! Only 1000 tickets will be sold at $5.00 each and you receive a Syttende Mai collector button. Buttons with raffle tickets are located at area businesses, the information booths, and any board member.

Arts, Crafts and Commercial Tents: Saturday. May 18th from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM and Sunday, May 19th from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Crafters tent will be located in the City Hall parking lot. Commercial Vendor tent will be located in the New Directions Real Estate parking lot. Outdoor Vendors will be along First Street. Come support artists, crafters, and commercial vendors.

History Alive Project Window Display: Enjoy area nostalgic artifacts & photos that share Westby's cultural heritage. Located at Garrick Olerud's office 106 West State Street.

Troll Hunt: Join in on the annual hunt sponsored by the Connelly Law Office located at 210 S. Main Street. Cash Reward! Everyone is welcome to participate. Clues posted Friday, May 17th at 4:00 PM and Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th at noon. Hunt for little wooden trolls! 

*** A third Troll has decided to make Westby its new home! Each troll will have its own set of clues and its own cash prize for finding it! Trolls must be returned to the information booth to claim your cash reward!


Troll Medallion Hunt: To commemorate the 50th Westby Syttende Mai Royalty, 5 medallions will be hidden in the City of Westby the week leading up to Syttende Mai. No clues will be posted. It is sheer luck to find one. Register your found medallion at the Syttende Mai Information booth during its open hours and claim a $10 cash prize AND you keep the medallion! No reward cash prize will be given after 4 PM on May 19th. Happy hunting!



Coulee Region Rosemaler's Annual Show & Sale:  Saturday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM located in the Community Center (lower level of Bekkum Library). Join our local Rosemalers in celebrating the Norwegian folk art of rosemaling, local history of rosemaling, folk music and traditional Norwegian lunch & pastries. 

Coulee Region Rosemalers Annual Heritage Center: Saturday from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM located 205 N. Main St. across from Bekkum Library. Enjoy learning about Nordic arts and culture with a variety of venues, where you can observe artists at work-many with items to purchase.

Bunads: Saturday from 9:00 Am – 4:00 PM located at the Heritage Center (VFW) and the Community Center (Bekkum Library lower level) see live models with Norwegian Folk Costumes from many districts of Norway.



Westby Locker & Meats Cookout: Friday, May 17th from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM located at 406 N. Main St

Food Vendors: Friday - Sunday, located downtown next to Subway, behind Our Savior’s Church & Dr. Mary Gajewski’s Dental Office.

Lefsepolsa House: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, corner of Main and West State Streets. Enjoy delicious lefse, a traditional soft Norwegian flatbread made with leftover potatoes, flour, butter, and milk or cream cooked on a griddle. A Syttende Mai favorite!

Norwegian Baking Demonstrations: Saturday from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM located at the Heritage Center (VFW). Experience local bakers preparing traditional Norwegian foods such as lefse, rosettes, krumkake, and other incredible edibles.

Rømmegrøt: Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at Bekkum Library lower level and Saturday 12:00 PM -4:00 PM behind Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Experience the taste of a Norwegian cream porridge delicacy while supporting Westby Syttende Mai and Our Savior’s Youth Group.

Norsemen Beer Garden: Saturday, May 18th from 7 PM – 11:00 PM. Refresh your adult (21-years and older) self near the Norski Music Stage on Market Street (Behind Subway). IDs and Syttende Mai button purchase required to enter the garden.


Indoor seated meal venues

 Pancake Supper: Thursday, May 16th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the VFW on Main St. Support are lovely local Royalties during this breakfast for dinner fundraiser. All proceeds go toward building the Westby Syttende Mai & Snowflake Royalties funds that help pay for scholarships and Westby Royalty representation at year-round events.

Kickoff Breakfast: Friday, May 17th, 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM located at Norske Grill at 411 N. Main St.  Join Gary Gilbertson, host of the local Old Time Music Show at WVRQ AM 1360, for a “Tapping Your Toes with the Trolls” good time. Sit, relax with good friends, eat a hearty breakfast and enjoy the music by the “Tor Eness & Friends”.

Old-Time Music Show Friday, May 17th starting at 1:00 PM in the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church basement with lunch and Norwegian treats.

Chicken Q, Raffle & Silent AuctionFriday, May 17th from 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM located at the Westby Elementary School. Carry-outs are available. Great Raffle and Silent Auction items! Sponsored by I.M.P.A.C.T.

Frokost (Breakfast):  Saturday, May 18th from 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM located at the United Methodist Church, 202 East State Street. Join the Sons of Norway for an authentic Norwegian Breakfast.

 Church Dinners: Sunday, May 19th from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM located at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church & Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran Church. Enjoy Meatballs with all the trimmings.


Westby High School Art Exhibit:  Friday, May 17th from 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM located in the Westby Area Performing Arts Center (WAPAC) Commons Area. Spend some time and see the work of local young artists.

Westby's Syttende Mai History & WHS History Alive Project Student Display: Saturday, March 18th 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM located at 112 S. Main St (the former Westby Bakery). See 50 years of Westby Syttende Mai History with a display of the large collection of its official buttons, photographs, and memorabilia, many items dating back to 1969. Take in the over 45 creative displays created by Westby High School 9th grade students as they proudly share their local history projects with you! This is the 5th annual year for this free event presented by the "History Alive Project, Inc." teachers, volunteers and students. Westby's own Syttende Mai Historian will also share many artifacts spanning 50 years of its festival at the bakery.  Register for free prizes!

History Alive Project, Inc.: Saturday, May 18th only from 10 AM - 3 PM at the HAP "History Hus" 218 N. Main St. Tour all 7 rooms of one of Westby's oldest homes now renovated and filled with 100s of vintage photo images and artifacts. Register for free prizes!!!

 Dregne's Book Signing: Saturday, May 18th  from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Dregne's Scandinavian Gifts. Meet and greet with Jerry Apps and Susan Apps-Bodilly, authors of “The Old Farm”. Dregne's will also be open Sunday, May 19th.

Elaine Lund Kiddie Parade: Saturday, May 18th starting at 10:00 AM located at the corner of Melby and Main St. and proceeds south on Main St. and east on Second St. Line up and judging at 9:30 AM in the Bland Clinic parking lot. Awards following the parade in front of the Logan Mill Red Caboose across from Old Time Assisted Living.

Kiddie Tractor Pull: Saturday, May 18th starting at 12:30 PM. Registration begins at 11:30 AM on Market Street - behind Our Saviors Church. Button required for One Adult for a child to participate.

Rømmegrøt Eating Contest: Saturday, May 18th at 2:00 PM located in the Norske Music Tent on Market St behind Subway. Two age groups (10 & under, 11-18 and adults). Entry fee: 2018 Syttende Mai Button. Prizes following the contest.

Syttende Mai Collectors Button & Princess Doll Auction: Friday, May 17th starting at 7:00 PM during the high school choral concert.

Antique Tractor Pull: Saturday, May 18th with a 12:00 PM Registration and a 1:00 PM Start located at the Industrial Park off Swiggum Rd. Food Tent sales at the event help support the Westby Syttende Mai Festival.

Royalty Tea SPECIAL INVITE ONLY:  Sunday, May 19th from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM located at the Westby Middle School Cafeteria/Field House Entrance.

Grand Syttende Mai Parade: Sunday, May 19th beginning at 1:30 PM. See map for route. Registration deadline is May 10th <--FINAL DEADLINE. Early bird registration deadline is April 30th.

 Raffle Drawing: Sunday, May 19th 4:00 PM cash raffle drawing with the 2019 Princess and her court at the Information Booth located in front of the Connelly Law Office.

 Thoreson House Museum & Genealogy Center: 111 Bekkedal Avenue (next to the Stabbur House). Tours of the Westby Area Historical Society Museum from 11 am – 4 pm, the 1892 family home of a prominent Westby lumberman, chocked full of beautiful and important historical Westby memorabilia. See the new “Honor to our Veterans” display room, the genealogy research center and the wonderful detail of the 1910 diorama of downtown Westby, built by Mike Mowery, using old photos, city records, and property deeds. Donations appreciated. 

Genealogy Center help by appointment from 9 am 5 pm. Bring your questions about your ancestors’ birth, baptism, marriage, death, number of children or even journey to America!  To schedule an appointment, email HERE  Donations appreciated.  Sponsored by the Westby Area Historical Society.

Storytellers @ Bekkum Library:  Saturday, May 18th from 1:00-4:00 PM at the Bekkum Library. Enjoy the Bluff County region storytellers as they spin their magical tales about Nordic lore.

Sons of Norway-Wergeland Dancers: Saturday, May 18th at 2 pm in the Norske Music Tent on Market Street (behind Subway).

The Sons of Norway- Wergeland Dancers have provided a volunteer community service to the coulee region for the past 47 continuous years. Sponsored by the Sons of Norway, Wergeland lodge in La Crosse, the dancers currently are a family folk dance group with ages ranging from eight years old to 80. Dancers do traditional folk dances from Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. Their bunads generally match the province from which their ancestors came. Just as traditional folk dances told the stories about everyday life, the dancers relate the stories when performing to promote Scandinavian culture.

James the Magician: 


Shows at 1 pm and 3 pm in the

Norske Music Tent on Market Street (behind Subway)

James the Magician is a Comedic Magician. People laugh at him… Performing magic with a wild passion since he won his first talent show at the age of 7, his exceptional magical talent has been showcased at school programs, during weddings, at corporate events, on stages, on the street, and everywhere in between. There’s one thing that drives every single one of his performances – he knows joy is contagious. It’s passed from the performer to the audience, then from audience members to each other and, by the end of the show, everyone is laughing, amazed, and having fun. James the Magician performs an interactive comedy magic show.   James’s magic has won several awards over the years for his humor and for his skill as a magician.  James believes that joy is contagious, and the best part of performing is the reciprocal relationship between the audience and himself.


Beanbag Tournament: Friday, May 17th 6:00 PM start time.  This is a double elimination tourney hosted by Nordic Lanes with payouts dependent on the number of the participants. $20 per team, payable at registration. Sign up your winning team before May 10th by contacting Nordic Lanes at 608-634-4000

Golf Tournament: Saturday, May 18th, 10:00 AM tee time, Big Cup Golf Tournament. Shotgun start with 18 holes, 4 people per team ($20/person). Payout. Pre-register at Snowflake Ski & Golf Club or call 608-634-3211 to enter.

Bicycle Tour - 30, 60, 100K Routes: Saturday, May 18th - Registration starts at 7:30 AM at Westby High School. Tour starts between 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM from the Westby High School. Pre-registration is $20 before the day of the tour, or $30 day of the tour. Kids under 12 only $2. Visit: www.vernontrails.com for more information.

Kid’s Bike Race: Sunday, May 19th - Registration 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM with races starting at 10:00 AM located at the corner of Washington St and Sunset Blvd. Age groups include 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12. Cash prizes for each age group. You will need One (1) Syttende Mai Button per family for entry.

VMH Run/Walk: Friday, May 17 at 5pm At Westby Elementary School
122 Nelson Street. Registration at 4 pm in the parking lot of the Elementary school. Race begins at 5 pm
The course will go around the Westby school cross country course. 
Cost:  $5 adults   $1 for students. 
Race is 3.1 miles  or shortcut race is 1 mile
Walk or Run.  Race is not timed.
Proceeds will go to the Westby schools Happy Hearts Program


Westby High School Choral Concert: Friday, May 18th starting at 7:00 PM located at the Westby High School Gym. Join Music Director, Peter Engh, and the talented young people of the Westby High School Choral Group for an evening of musical entertainment for all.

Norski Music Stage & Beer Garden:  Saturday, May 18th enjoy live music from 7:00 PM-11:00 PM located on Market Street behind Subway.  Stop by to “Toe Tap with Trolls” and dance/listen to The Couleegans. Adult refreshments and food will be located inside the Norski Music Tent.  A Syttende Mai button purchase is required to enter the music tent and beer garden.

SQUEEZEBOX & MOLLI B: Saturday, May 18th 7:00 PM at the Westby Area Performing Arts Center (WAPAC). SQUEEZEBOX featuring Ted Lange & Mollie B have become one of the most popular and well-known bands specializing in live dance music and entertaining stage shows.  Currently based in NW Ohio, their performances include multiple genres of music including polkas, waltzes, fox-trots, 2-steps, big band, swing, square dances, and figure dances.  With a repertoire of over 600 songs, and solid vocals in English, Polish, German and Czech, Squeezebox is able to play "something for everyone", and easily adapts to any venue, ranging from town festivals, polka festivals, ethnic festivals including Polish, Czech, and German festivals and Oktoberfests, to weddings, anniversary parties, church festivals, state and county fairs and music festivals.  They currently perform close to 100 engagements a year in up to 20 states a year, including an annual Caribbean Cruise taking place in January.  Concert proceeds to benefit the Westby Music Department.

Karaoke: Friday, March 17th & Saturday, May 18th from 8:30 PM – 12:30 AM located at local bars Nordic Lanes and Bleachers – Always a good time.

Westby High School Jazz Band:  Sunday, May 19th starting at 12:30 PM located on the steps of the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Enjoy timeless classics with our local Jazz Band and band director, Monte Dunnum before the parade.


Syttende Mai Button purchase required to enter the music tent. Proceeds go toward support of this year’s performing artists and the music venue. 


The Couleegans: Saturday, May 18th from 7:00 PM-11:00 PM join Coon Valley’s classic rock and modern rock country band for all your favorites.

Established in the Summer of 2015, "The Couleegans" are a classic rock cover band formed in Timber Coulee, WI (down the hill from Westby) when Keith Boraas (Bass guitar) along with his old band mate, lead guitarist Paul (Hubey) Hubmer, recruited Chaseburg & Westby High School Alumni, Jaran Carson (Drums) and Coon Valley native Rick Starkey (Guitar, Vocals) to get "together and play some tunes". They found something! A love of music, and a longing to play & have fun... Shortly after, the group added a new vocalist, Heath Christianson, as a huge bonus. It was from those early shows in Coon Valley that the band gained the confidence to pursue more opportunities. Since those early days, the group has solidified after finding a talent goldmine in another Timber Coulee dweller, vocalist Jessi Eulberg, and utility man Adam Driscoll, a veteran musician in in his own right, who have finished the group off nicely. Over the past years, the group has played from Hillsboro, WI to Mazeppa, MN, & Guttenberg IA and transformed into a "good time party band" not to be missed!

Syttende Mai Church Services

Westby Coon Prairie 8:00 AM

Our Saviors Lutheran 8:00 AM

Skogdalen 9:15 AM

Country Coon Prairie 9:30 AM with Tor Eness & Friends

Vang 10:45 AM

Westby United Methodist 10:45 AM

North Coon Prairie-Norwegian Service 7:00 PM

Bethesda Lutheran 9:30 AM

Skogdalen 9:00 AM

Saint Mary’s Catholic Church Viroqua 11:00 AM

Sacred Heart Catholic Cashton 10:00 AM




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