Thank you to our Major Sponsor,
King Oscar Seafood!
Come sample King Oscar Products
at the Festival Tent
Between McGlynn Pharmacy and Cinema Cafe.
2014 Syttende Mai King & Queen
Sonny & Linda Swangstu
Sonny and Linda are both full blooded Norwegians with Grandparents that came from Norway. They have lived in and around Stoughton all their lives and have been married for 23 yrs. Sonny has 3 children (Karie Manhart, Lynn Thorsen and Shannon Moungey). Linda has 3 children (Sherri Lausch, Ron Drogsvold and Mary Hougan). Linda and Sonny both graduated from Stoughton High School (Sonny in 1958 and Linda in 1961). Their children are also Stoughton High School graduates.
Sonny attended Milton College in 1959 with a scholarship. He entered in the United States Air Force in 1961- 1964. He returned to Stoughton to learn carpentry and was self employed until retiring. Sonny has accomplished many things throughout his adult life.
Sonny has been a coach for kids in football, basketball and baseball. He also played baseball for several years and managed the Home Talent League. He was also Commissioner of 36 teams for the Home Talent League for 2 years. He ran the Stoughton Recreation Department as a volunteer for a period of time. He has remodeled several historical homes in the city of Stoughton. He was the first candidate to win for the City Council as a write-in on a ballot. He has been on the Council for 10 yrs. He has been an American Legion member for 40 years and the Commander for 4 years. He was in charge of renovating the present American Legion and also worked as a volunteer for 4 years renovating the Youth Center. He was nominated Citizen of the Year and Volunteer of the Year in the past.
Linda has not worn as many hats as Sonny, but is quite busy. She has been very active with the American Legion Auxiliary. She was President for 2 years and Vice President for 1 year. She is active in volunteering at the American Legion for their funeral luncheons, fundraising, coordinating staff for Friday night Fish Fry, bartending and waitressing. She is also a volunteer member of POSH at the Stoughton Hospital.
2014 Syttende Mai Prince & Princess
Prince Garrett Bristol and Princess Natalee Gerber
The Stoughton Norwegian Dancers perform many times over Syttende Mai!