The words 'Syttende Mai" are Norwegian for the 17th of May. On May 17, 1814, the Norwegian Constitution was signed, finally granting Norway its own independence. Stoughton celebrates Syttende Mai on the weekend nearest May 17, and has been doing so as far back as 1868, when the immigration of Scandinavians to this part of Wisconsin was reaching its peak. Stoughton's Syttende Mai celebration is a very colorful and gala affair with many people wearing authentic Norse costumes. Folk dancing is a delighful part of the celbration. Special Norwegian foods and delicacies are served, including a tasty smorgasbord.
Scandinavain arts, such as rosemaling, play an important role in the history of Stoughton.
This is where many premier rosemalers begin their craft. All in all Syttende Mai is entertaining and equally educational for all memebrs of the family.
Come join us for a weekend of fun and celebration including, canoe racing, parades, Norwegian dancing, Rosemaling exhibit, street dance and so much more.
To register for the 20 mile run, the 10 mile run, or the 17 mile walk and for information about Syttende Mai, click HERE.
Golf season is right around the corner Save the Date - May 21st
Chamber Golf Outing - click here for registration info
June Lunch N' Learn is Monday, June 24 at Noon at the Fire Station Training Room.
McFarland State Bank will be the host. We hope to see you there.