Westby Syttende Mai

 May 15, 2021!!

CELEBRATING 53 YEARS OF WESTBY'S HERITAGE!

 
 

Pre-Fest Activities

 

Medallion Hunt


 
To celebrate getting back into the swing of things, 17 wooden disc medallions will be hidden sometime during the week of May 10th. 
An example of what the medallions look like is above. **There are no clues to help you find these medallions, it is sheer luck on finder's part.
**A person can find more than one medallion and then register it at the information booth no later than Saturday, May 15th by 5:00pm 
to find out if that particular medallion is worth a CASH PRIZE!!!
**SOME of the medallions are worth a cash prize and the finder can keep the medallion.
** Found medallions need to be shown and registered at the Syttende Mai Information Booth during its open hours 8am-5pm on Saturday, May 15th.
**No medallion reward money will be issued after 5 PM on May 15. So be sure to show/register found medallions before that ending time!
**Medallions will be hidden within the City limits of Westby, be accessible 24/7, will not be hidden on anyone's personal property and will be safely accessible for this hunt.

Troll Hunt

Find our three mischievous trolls - Tann, Huldrah & Runa

Clues for each troll will be posted
at the following times:
Noon on Friday, May 14.
4:00pm on Friday, May 14
10am on Saturday, May 15
Clues will be posted on the front door of Connelly Law Office on Main St. or at the Information Booth and on our Facebook page!
Trolls must be turned in at the Information Booth no later than 5 pm on Saturday May, 15th to receive your CASH PRIZE!!!
This event is graciously sponsored by Westby Snowflake Royalty, HAP, Inc., Connelly Law Office & Gillespie & Associates.
 

Story Walk

Story Walk - In the Hall of the Mountain King
Start at Bekkum Memorial Library's outdoor bulletin board and follow the story around downtown Westby.
At the last stop, be sure to write down the password!
The first 25 families who come to the library to tell us the password will win a sweet prize

a roll of delicious Norwegian chocolate!
May 14 through 31, 2021 
 

Scholarship Raffle


 
Items donated by local and area businesses will be raffled off.
Tickets are $1.00 each and can be purchased from our Royalty members & families 
or our Royalty Advisors
Drawings will take place on May 15th, 2021 @ 4:30 pm at the information booth in front of 
Connelly Law Office on Main Street.
Raffle proceeds fund the Syttende Mai Royalty Scholarship Fund

To view items donated to the raffle, click the link --> Raffle prizes
 
 

Impact Chicken Q


 
Friday, May 14, 2021 at 4 PM CDT – 7 PM CDT
Westby Elementary

Family Movie Night


Enjoy a movie under the stars! 
This outdoor showing will start at sundown in the library's parking lot.
 Bring your own chairs, blankets and anything else you need to stay warm and comfortable! 
The Syttende Mai Royalty will be selling limited concessions. 
No rain date... Check Bekkum Library's Facebook page in case of inclement weather!
 

Button Cash & Gas Raffle - Five prizes 

     
Limited number of buttons, once they are gone - they are gone!
 
Buttons are available at the following locations....
WCCU
Zzip Stop
Dregne's Scandinavian Gifts
Westby Creamery Store
Hansen’s IGA
Ace Hardware - Premier
Westby Locker and Meats
River Bank
Premier Convenience Store
Cheryl’s Beauty Shop
Westby Rod and Gun
Main St. Designs
Westby City Hall
Westby State Bank



Saturday May 15, Syttende Mai Celebration Events



Bertha Johnson, has made many a batch rommegrot intended for sale each year for Westby’s annual Syttende Mai for as long as she can remember.  

Helping her over those years has been her daughter, Jean Wedwick and friend Peter Leum.
 
This time-honored Norwegian favorite has but only 4 ingredients: cream, flour, milk and salt. 

She has already finished many pails which are now hibernating in her freezer, waiting to be thawed heated, then served - Many of those pails are 1 gallon in size.

 Most years she goes through 30 some gallon buckets. Some folks like to add one or more of the toppings which can be of melted butter, cinnamon and/or brown sugar.
 
She claims that she sells out most years and often gets requests for more after the Westby Syttende Mai weekend is over!
 Join us as we present her with a special gift and the title “2021 Master of Festivities”.
 
 
Grandparent of the Year

Westby Area Historical Society announces the Grandparent of the Year
9:15 am tentatively ~ Immediately following the Opening Ceremony
Vernon Communications Green Space


Kickoff Breakfast & Meatball Dinner

This year's breakfast will be carryout only.
Cost is $11.00 per breakfast.
There will also be a meatball dinner - carryout only. $13.00 per dinner.
All orders must be placed before May 12th at 3pm.
Place your orders by calling Borgens Cafe at 608-634-4003
 

Elaine Lund Memorial Kiddie Parade


Entrant judging begins at 9:am in the Bland Clinic parking lot on Melby Street.
Parade Step off at 10am sharp. 
Parade route will start at Melby and North Main St. 
and continue down Main Street, ending on Highland Street.  
 

Rommegrot Sale!


 
Cold sales - purchase and take home to enjoy!
Call 608-632-3449 to pre-order for pick up.
Prices are
Gallon - $30.00
Half Gallon - $15.00
12 oz cup - $8.00
Mask required when picking up & paying.
 
Arts & Crafts Fair

 
On Market Street behind Subway.
10am to 5pm come check out what our local artisans and crafters have to offer!
 
Music in the Green Space

Come join as local and area talent show off their talents! 
Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket, kick back and enjoy the show!
10:30am - 6:30pm tentatively
Vernon Communications Greenspace on Main Street
WHS Polka Band
Kamryn Davey - Vocalist
Syttende Mai Button Auction & Doll
Ashley Erlandson and Friends (Karaoke)
Wesley Ray - Guitar/Singer
Chaunce Schell - Vocalist
Scott K. Guthrie & Friends - R&B/Country/Blues/Americana
James the Magician
Prime Five (brass quintet)
Kamryn Davey - Vocalist
Jean Geier & Mary Beth Smith - Old Time/Country/Mix
 
 
Master Button & Doll Auctions

Come for the music, stay for your chance at owning one of these two awesome parts of Syttende Mai history!
Located at the Vernon Communications Green Space.
Auctioning of the Framed 2021 Master Festival Button and 1974 Princess Doll.
All proceeds support the Syttende Mai Royalty Scholarship Fund
 
Coulee Region Rosemalers Display

 
Come view the beautiful rosemaled items, folk art and wood carving on display!
 
Locomotive Rides

Take a load off and enjoy a ride through the downtown area during our celebration.
Rides are free so you can see and enjoy our community!
11am -2pm in the New Directions parking lot
Sponsored by Westby Syttende Mai & New Directions Realty.
 
 
Thoreson House Museum Tours

Come and view pieces of Westby's rich history on display.
No admission charge.
Masks required.
11am - 3pm
111 Bekkedal Avenue
 
 
Westby Whips Performance

Come enjoy as the Westby Whips Jump Rope Group performs on 1st Street
 
11:00am 
 ~ Between Connelly Law Office & Treasures on Main~
 
 
Norsk Immigration with Dana Kelly

 
Dana Kelly, Executive Director of the Norwegian American Genealogy Center & Naeseth Library in Madison, WI; 
will share her large professional role and work in the production of the DVD "Kaskeland" once known as the Koshkonong Settlement.
 
Dana and her husband, Gary Swain, are both natives of the Koshkonong settlement area and are current members of the Sons of Norway, 
the Norwegian American Historical Association and Vesterheim in Decorah, IA. 
They have three children and a dairy farm in Utica, WI, in the center of the Koshkonong Prairie.

She will also share with you the the top notch facilities of the Genealogy Center and the services it provides, 
including their superb translation skills, research services, DNA consulting, classes and customized workshops. 
The famed Naeseth Library on site is open for members and non-members.

Sponsored by Westby's History Alive Project organization in partnership with Westby Syttende Mai, 
this program will help you learn to appreciate the lives of the early Norwegian immigrants in SE Wisconsin
 for the first few decades after their arrival to the US.
 
Masks required and will be provided-social distancing guidelines in effect.
 
 
Solje with Sue

 
Long time solja collector, Sue Pruessing of Walworth, WI 
will share many pieces of her personal collection, 
including an actual Norwegian bridal crown! 
Sue has prepared a program on the role solje plays and silver in general, 
in the Norwegian culture. 
She will also explain the correct wearing of the solje with a traditional bunad.
Short Q&A to follow programs, if time.
 
First Session ~ 2pm - 3pm
Second Session ~ 3:30pm - 4:30pm
at the Westby House Bed & Breakfast Inn
Doors will open 15 minutes prior to each of the sessions.
Limited seating of 20 at each presentation.

*Masks are required. Water and masks will be provided and social distancing will be observed.
** Attendees are asked to strictly supervise any young people that you may bring with you to the presentations so as not to disturb the Inn's guests. 
We ask that you keep them with you for the program's entire duration.
This event is brought to you through the collaboration of 
HAP, Inc. & Westby Syttende Mai.
 
Punt, Pass, Kick Contest

 
Westby Football Field (Inside the track)
Cost $1.00 per attempt (1 punt, 1 pass, 1 kick) No limit on attempts.
Winners announced at 2:30pm
Prizes for boy and girl champion and runner up in each of the following categories
4 & Under / 5-6 year olds / 7-8 year olds / 9-10 year olds / 11 & Up
 
Choral Concerts

 
Grades 6-8 @ 4:00pm ~ High School @ 6:00pm
In the Westby High School Gymnasium


 

Sunday, May 16th, 2021

Kid's Bike Races

 

Registration at 9:30am at the corner of Washington Street & Sunset Boulevard.
Races begin at 10am.
For students up to age 12! Prizes awarded!

Age Groups:
4 & under
5 & 6 year olds
7 & 8 year olds
9 & 10 year olds
11 & 12 year olds

Routes will vary depending on age brackets but all routes are within the Washington & Ulland Avenue Block.
This event sponsored by the Tara & Trevor Lyons Family!


Band Concerts


Middle School Band Concert starts @ 1:00pm
High School Band Concert Starts @ 4:00pm.
Middle School Parking Lot
**check for updates in case of inclement weather



 
 
 
 
 
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