The 2023 Nordic Fest Theme was unveiled this week – “Vikings and Gnomes and Trolls, Oh My!”
The 56th Fest is scheduled July 27-29 in Decorah.
2023 Nordic Fest Board President Ariana Cervantes shared the announcement early this week, stating, “These Scandinavian symbols are part of our everyday life in Decorah; you can hardly walk a block downtown without seeing Vikings, gnomes, or trolls featured in our local businesses and homes. From the Skjaldborg Viking Encampment in Heritage Park at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum to the Decorah Bank & Trust Co. trolls, Hans & Hilda, you’ll be sure to find these symbols featured throughout Nordic Fest as well.”
Fest organizers said Vikings, gnomes, and trolls have played significant roles in Scandinavian history and folklore, and the Nordic Fest Board hopes to continue to see them play big roles at Nordic Fest in 2023.In addition to highlighting ways in which Vikings, gnomes, and trolls already have traditionally appeared at the Fest, businesses and organizations are also encouraged to incorporate them into other offerings and parade float entries this July.