Westby Syttende Mai



  May 19 - 21st, 2017!!

49th Annual Celebration!

  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 








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 Westby Syttende Mai History

"With Westby being 100% Norwegian decent at one time and it still (has) many Norwegian around the area it has decided that something should be done to celebrate our heritage of the past. There were some young energetic new merchants in town who formed a promoters club. On the eve of April 22, 1969 they called a meeting of all the interested citizens of our fair city to see what could be done to add some interest here. There seemed to be a large group of citizens who were interested and that is when the May 17th celebration was born. With much work to be done there was a question of who had the time and energy to do some planning for the event so a man by the name of P.N. Rude was nominated and elected. He accepted the responsibility and right away the committee was formed.

The corporation was known as the Syttende Mai Corp. The first Syttende Mai celebration was held on May 17th 1969.

The citizens of our city became aware of the fact that Norwegian dress should be the order of the day and everyone started to make or buy outfits which would be attuned to the climate of the celebration. With our very appropriate signs at the city limits one can very easily find where the celebration would be."

Timeline

1969, May: First Festival

1969, November: Articles of Incorporation signed by Robert C. Zimmerman, Secretary of State; Promoters included P.N. Rude, D.L. Vosseteig, Mrs. Elmo Gulsvig, and J.R. Weber

1970: First Princess Royalty- Lory Knutson, Terrie Tainter, Lynn Jaeger selected out of 35 girls

1971–1975: Beginning of Flea Market, Saturday Night Dance where a street was closed for the evening, parade float included bails of hay and then a small Stabbur, barrel water fight between local firefighters, tractor pulls, rosemaling demonstrations, event goers wore skirts and vest

1976–1980: Float added staggered seats for royalty, troll hunt, carnival, kiddie parade, arts and craft show, quilt contest, cycle derby, fiddlers’ contest, camel rides, kickoff dance changed to breakfast kickoff

1981–1985: Float changed to a blue circle, event goers started wearing bunads, Borgens Café window baking demonstration

1986–2000: Cow pie bingo, kiddie tractor pulls, trolls as float escorts

2001–2006: Go-kart races, bike tour, 5k walk/run, changed trolls to be homemade

Artisan and Nisse History

Evelyn Larson began painting on mirrors and selling them in 1951.There is one in a show case at the Snowflake building in Timber Coulee. It is now 55 years old. Mirror painting turned into sign lettering in 1954, along with lettering trucks and store windows. There were three barns with a design and lettering, one remains south of town. The Old Town Ranch with a horse design, done 48 years ago, 1958. From 1956 to 1960 there were 58 trucks and 423 signs lettered.

Nisse's Story:

The American/Norwegian Nisse is the happy go lucky type and not a gloomy gus. Two of these happy guys graced each sign and still do on the new signs today 38 years later, repainted but never replaced. The Nisse was cutout of three quarter inch marine plywood. Many business places had one or two designed for their store. Jim Weber jewelry store had one holding up a rather large diamond, David Vossetieg Furniture had the largest display with two Nisse, a house, tree, two Nisse carrying a sofa and a little dog running along.

The public library had the first girl Nisse, she was scolding the boy Nisse for dropping his books. Then, Farmers Union, had the largest ones ever made. One eight foot Nisse carrying a feed sack and a seven foot one with an oil can. Eric Leum’s store had a flute player. The Westby Beauty shop had a boy and girl Nisse. There were four painted on the wall down stairs at the American Legion. A large mural painted in what was then Flugstad’s Hardware, now Dregne’s Scandinavian Gifts, it is still there along with more paintings of Nisse on the gift shop cupboard doors, done later.

Since most of this was done in 1969 to the mid seventies the others have all gone by the wayside by this time. A copyright on the Nisse was applied for and granted in 1969. There are now seven federal copyrights on Ole the Nisse. With people wanting to send him to their friends and relatives in many states and even overseas a copy right is necessary.

Nisse get lonely too, so Ole found himself a wife. They have a boy and a girl and a troll they adopted, plus a dog and a cat. The Trollsons's can be seen on the front page of The Westby Times every week. Being very civic minded they participate and remind everyone of things going on in the community. Evelyn also likes to paint on canvas, doing wildlife and other scenes. She also does Rosmaling on wooden plates and design work besides doing the bulletin cover for her church for the past 12 years.

We would like to thank Evelyn for her beautiful artistry and for allowing the Nisse to be a part of our annual festival.

1969

1969
The year Westby Syttende Mai began.
 

70's Syttende Mai Buttons

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80's Syttende Mai Buttons

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90's Syttende Mai Buttons

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1995    1996    1997    1998    1999
 

00's Syttende Mai Buttons

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2005    2006    2007    2008    2009
 

10's Syttende Mai Buttons

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Past Royalty

 


1970
Princess – Lori Knutson-Denson
1st Attendant – Terri Tainter-Haugen
2nd Attendant – Lynn Jaeger-Marks


1994
Princess – Nikki Mathison-Amundson
1st Attendant – Tara Hoff
2nd Attendant – Leah Olson-McBride


1971
Princess – Terri Tainter-Haugen
1st Attendant – Carol Garvin
2nd Attendant – Diana Brown-Slack


1995
Princess – Kristin Hankee
1st Attendant – Amanda Ross
2nd Attendant – Liz Davidson-Kleba


1972
Princess – Cheryl Berg-Day
1st Attendant – Cheryl Jaeger-Bland
2nd Attendant – Collette Skundberg


1996
Princess – Kimberly Mlsna-Pokrandt
1st Attendant – Sara Appleman
2nd Attendant – Tiffani Olstad


1973
Princess – Ruth Haakenson-Dregne
1st Attendant – Bonnie Bagstad-Anderson
2nd Attendant – Kathy Manske-Strait


1997
Princess – Jessie Swartz-Wrobel
1st Attendant – Sarah Taylor
2nd Attendant – Ericka Graw


1974
Princess – Bonnie Bagstad-Anderson
1st Attendant – Lori Tainter-Brown
2nd Attendant – Heidi Baker


1998
Princess – Danielle Lotz
1st Attendant – Erin Agar-Barstad
2nd Attendant – Karissa Schuttemeier-Keenlance


1975
Princess – Susan Rust-Kruse
1st Attendant – Lori Erlandson-Moe
2nd Attendant – Jackie Devine-Pertzborn


1999

Princess – Lindsey Schwartz
1st Attendant – Nikki Simpson
2nd Attendant – Sarah Meinking


1976
Princess – Lori Erlandson-Moe
1st Attendant – Judy Anderson-Olson
2nd Attendant – Jackie Devine-Pertzborn


2000
Princess – Tiffany (Mlsna) Jothen
1st Attendant – Leah Holte
2nd Attendant – Melissa Iverson


1977
Princess – Jean Johnson-Wedwick
1st Attendant – Debbie Carlson-Butzler
2nd Attendant – Peggy Stakston-Dunnum


2001

Princess – Emily Haase
1st Attendant – Elizabeth Ofte
2nd Attendant – Michelle Constalie


1978
Princess – Ruth Navrestad-Schreifer
1st Attendant – Robin Keefer-Carey
2nd Attendant – Ann Kettleson-Ford


2002

Princess – Carmen Geier-Fortun
1st Attendant – Janessa Christenson-Anderson
2nd Attendant – Katie Simpson


1979
Princess – Lois Ecklor-Helland
1st Attendant – Kathy Jo Wachter-Wiesenger
2nd Attendant – Betsy Knutson-Rian


2003

Princess – Amanda Jefson
1st Attendant – Beth Davis
2nd Attendant – Brooke Schultz


1980
Princess – Connie Jo Williams-Hendrickson
1st Attendant – Lori Bjornstad-Peterson
2nd Attendant – Kristine Nelson-Brueggen


2004

Princess – Randi Smalley
1st Attendant – Ashley Smolen
2nd Attendant – Loni Olstad


1981
Princess – Cheryl Stalsberg-Bean
1st Attendant – Bonnie Carlson-Dyson
2nd Attendant – Ann Goss-Monk


2005

Princess – Loni Olstad
1st Attendant – Whitney Stoker
2nd Attendant – Seonah Iverson


1982
Princess – Karri Eklov-Bjornstad
1st Attendant – Karen Brye-McGarvey
2nd Attendant – Ann Marquardt-Klinkner


2006

Princess – Kate Constalie
1st Attendant – Marissa Langaard
2nd Attendant – Emma Quarnstrom


1983
Princess – Buffi Young
1st Attendant – Cathy Perkins-Steidl
2nd Attendant – Linda Hanson


2007

Princess – Paige Pederson
1st Attendant – Kelly Haugen
2nd Attendant – Grace Homstad


1984
Princess – Terri Schueller-Knight
1st Attendant – Teri Stalsberg-Bjerkos
2nd Attendant – Joanne Borck-Olson


2008

Princess – Devi Stoffregen
1st Attendant – Emily Bauer
2nd Attendant – Christa Nerison


1985
Princess – Linda Aarness-Gluch
1st Attendant – Pam Nelson-Nol
2nd Attendant – Kim Nagle-Randall


2009

Princess – Jenna Haugen
1st Attendant – Bethany Wemette
2nd Attendant – Katie Fausk


1986
Princess – Julie Dunham
1st Attendant – Shelley Brudos-Fauske
2nd Attendant – Debbie Bekkum-Tauchen


2010

Princess – Autumn Gabrielson
1st Attendant – Karlee Mikkelson
2nd Attendant – Becca Holey


1987
Princess – Lori Schrader-Fedie
1st Attendant – Gina Schedivy-Smith
2nd Attendant – Linda Larson-Eddy


2011
Princess - Rachel Maxwell
1st Attendant - Chelsea Daines
2nd Attendant - Jessica Rybold


1988
Princess – Michelle Anderson-Hauser
1st Attendant – Kala Carlson-Green
2nd Attendant – Karla Theige-Campbell




2012
Princess-Sadie Olson
1st Attendant - Alexis Dunnum
2nd Attendant - Cassandra Hanson


1989
Princess – Lisa Hofslien-Van Dee
1st Attendant – Sue Haakenson-Maxon
2nd Attendant – Krista Miller-Anderson

 

2013
Miss Westby Syttende Mai - Emily Culligan
1st Prinsesse - Shianne Reschke
2nd Prinsesse - Lexi Stendalen


1990

Princess – Carla Dickman
1st Attendant – Tonia Hoff-Wagner
2nd Attendant – Jennifer Stalsberg-Willeck


2014
Miss Westby Syttende Mai - Olivia Ahnen
1st Prinsesse - Krista Hall
2nd Prinsesse - Miriam Schmidt


1991
Princess – Sarah Ignasiak
1st Attendant – Barbara Molstad
2nd Attendant – Kristina Kast-Purvis

 

2015
Princess - Courtney Moser
1st Attendant - Amy Teadt
2nd Prinsesse - Ryla Vatland

1992

Princess – Eileen Perkins-Howard
1st Attendant – Sherry Brown
2nd Attendant – Angie Stefferud-Johnson



2016
Princess - Josie Ingles
1st Attendant - Taylor Hessler
2nd Attendant - Maddy Swick

 1993
Princess – Angie Olson-Roethel
1st Attendant – Robyn Brose-Johnson
2nd Attendant – Christine Starch



 Parade Marshals

1969

Magnus Mickelson

2018
 

1970

Ella Anderson

 
 

1971

?

 
 

1972

Ben Logan

 
 

1973

Mrs. Lincoln Neprud

 
 

1974

Earl Jefson

 
 

1975

Art Hegge

 
 

1976

Lloyd and Clara Bekkedahl

 
 

1977

Polly Rude

 
 

1978

Orvin and Evelyn Larson

 
 

1979

Reverend Aasen

 
 

1980

Ed and Agnes Swenson

 
 

1981

Thora Lunde

 
 

1982

Lincoln and Margaret Knutson

 
 

1983

?

 
 

1984

Sig and Thora Holden

 
 

1985

Orvin and Evelyn Larson

 
 

1986

Reverend Red and Mrs. Nelson

 
 

1987

Orven and Dorothy Bekkum

 
 

1988

Earl and Elaine Jaeger

 
 

1989

Polly Rude

 
 

1990

Leif Harpestad

 
 

1991

Margaret Gulsvig

 
 

1992

?

 
 

1993

David Vosseteig  • Steve Meyer

 
 

1994

Tip and Elaine Lund

 
 

1995

Ron Evenstad • Ron Bjerke • Verda Lund

 
 

1996

LeRoy and Donna Perkins

 
 

1997

Violetta Flugstad • Marian Nottestad

 
 

1998

Russel Hanson • Leif Harpestad

 
 

1999

Steve Meyer • Eunice Sherry • David Vosseteig

 
 

2000

Joan Dahlen • Alden Fremstad

 
 

2001

Pastor Gary and Mary Daines

 
 

2002

Pastor Paul and Jenine Jordahl

 
 

2003

Marilyn Bland • Lorraine Borgan

 
 

2004

George and Carol Narvestad

 
 

2005

Susie Wedwick

 
 

2006

Tip and Eleanor Bagstad

 
 

2007

Marlowe and Barb Nelson

 
 

2008

Owen Bekkum

 
 

2009

Betty Stoleson • Cindy Langhus

 
 

2010

Bob and Hilder Devine

 
 

2011

David and Jana Dregne
 
 
2012
LeRoy and Joan Anderson
 
 

2013

Roger & Dorothy Lunde
 
 

2014


Karen Hanke
e & Dorothy Robson

 
 
2015

Lyle & Verde Lund

 
 

2016

Danika Wehling
 
 

2017
 
 
 
 



 
 
 
 
 

 





   
 

 

 

 
 
 

 
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