Spring Grove Syttende Mai festivities begin May 15

The Spring Grove Syttende Mai Committee has announced its lineup for the Minnesota community’s annual Syttende Mai celebration. 

Festivities kick off Wednesday, May 15, with “Music & Market” from 4-7 p.m. in Spring Grove City Park. The Queen Coronation and honoree acknowledgement will be held at 7 p.m. in the City Park Gazebo or at the Fest Building in case of rain. 

The celebration resumes Friday, May 17 with city-wide garage sales, Norwegian Ridge Birding and Nature Trail hiking all day. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., an Olaf Kjome exhibit will be on display at the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Merchants Bank will offer a community appreciation lunch, and the Legion’s brat stand will be serving from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Piece Makers Quilt Guild will host a quilt show from 12- 5 p.m. at the Trinity Center, and the Barnetoget (children’s parade) will be held at 1:15 p.m. A teen dance will be held from 7-10 p.m. at the Fest Building.

Saturday’s festivities begin again with city-wide garage sales, Norwegian Ridge Birding and Nature Trail hiking all day. From 7:30-10:30 a.m., Dad’s Waffle Breakfast will be offered at the Fest Building, and “Running with my Gnomies” will begin at 9 a.m. From 9-11 a.m. the Valheim Lodge of Sons of Norway will host a Norwegian bake sale at the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center, and at 10 a.m., a children’s pedal pull will be held at the Fest Building, with registration beginning at 9:15 a.m. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Piece Makers Quilt Guild will host a quilt show from 12- 5 p.m. at the Trinity Center, and various children’s activities will be offered in the park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., an Olaf Kjome exhibit will be on display at the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center, and the Legion brat stand will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Nordic Dancers will perform at 10:30 a.m. in Viking Memorial Park, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the athletic boosters will sell pork burgers in front of the Lion’s Pub. The Grand Parade will begin at noon, and from 1-2 p.m., the First Brigade Band will perform at the City Park gazebo. From 1-4 p.m., the Kaptain Kirby Train will be available for children in the Trinity Church yard, and the soap box races will begin at 1 p.m. as will the Corn Hole. From 1:30-4 p.m., “chair volleyball” will be offered, and Mike McAbee will perform at the gazebo from 2-4 p.m. The Taste of Norway Dinner will be offered at 4 p.m. at the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center, with seating times at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. The First Brigade Band will perform again at 5 p.m. in the back garden of the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center.

Norwegian Ridge Birding and Nature Trail hiking will again take place all day Sunday, and the First Brigade Band will perform at 9 a.m. Sunday at Trinity Church. The Piece Makers Quilt Guild will host a quilt show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Trinity Center, and a drive-thru meatball dinner will be offered at Trinity Lutheran Church from 10:30 a.m. until gone.

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