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Syttende Mai events set in area communities

Events marking Syttende Mai -- literally May 17, which is Norway's Constitution Day -- have been set in area communities over the next three days.

In Norway, according to the country's official U.S. website, Norwegians fill the streets each year on May 17 to celebrate the 1814 adoption of the country's constitution. says the Norwegian Parliament held the first May 17 celebrations in 1836 and from then on, the day has been regarded as the national day.

Celebrations do vary by location in Norway, but says children's parades are a traditional feature. The first of these was held in 1870.

Since 1906, the royal family has gathered on the balcony of the Royal Palace in Oslo to wave to the children marching by.

The following local events are scheduled:

Norway Lake

The Norway Lake Lutheran Historical Association will have a Syttende Mai banquet at 6:30 p.m. Friday at First Lutheran Church of Norway Lake on County Road 40, nine miles west of New London.

Following the dinner there will be a Readers Theatre discussing events leading to the Dakota War of 1862.

Freewill donation.


The annual Syttende Mai celebration is from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Milan.

The Little Norwegian church service is at 9:30 a.m. at Kviteseid Lutheran Church followed by the Smorgaas tea from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Uff-da parade is at 2 p.m. and will be followed by a talk by Per Tofte titled "Everyone has a cousin in America" at 2:45 p.m. at the Milan Community Center.

Tofte, from Norway, has a presentation with 140 photographs about the great emigration from Norway to America from 1825 up to the First World War. Today there are approximately as many Americans of Norwegian origin in the United States as there are inhabitants of Norway.

Two authors with roots in Milan, Sue Gee and Susan Jurgens Kammen, will sign their recently published books. One of the books is illustrated by Jack Olson, a 14-year-old artist who lives in Milan.

The Arv Hus Museum will be open, there will be children's events, rosemaling displays, musicians and dancers and street vendors.


The annual Syttende Mai celebration will be from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Registration for the tractor pull begins at 9:30 a.m. and the Sunburg Trolls Car Club will open its food stand at 10 a.m.

A non-denominational church service is at 10:15 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church.

The antique tractor pull begins at 11 a.m. followed by a town team baseball game at 12:30 p.m.

The parade is at 3:30 p.m. and the firemen's supper is from 4 to 7 p.m.

Throughout the day there will be vendors at the community center, the Sunburg Trolls Car Club display, music and demonstrations at Kultur Hus and several food stands. The day will end with music from 5 to 7 p.m. at the fire hall.


A smorgasbord dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Chippewa Falls Lutheran Church in Terrace.

The menu includes meatballs, mashed potatoes, rommegrot, lefse, deviled eggs, rice pudding, fruit soup, Scandinavian cookies and more. Tickets are $9 for adults, $4.50 for ages 6 to 12 and ages 5 and under eat free.