The rain didn’t keep the Norwegians away this weekend.
Despite sporadic rainy weather on all three days, the Syttende Mai festival went on, with plenty of indoor activities available for people, as they learned about and explored Norwegian heritage. At the Chorus Public House, attendees had the opportunity to watch lefse being made in real-time, watch wool get spun and hear the melodies of the Hardanger fiddle fill the air.
Across and down the street, Livsreise featured the work of late Stoughton native Ethel Kvalheim, who rose to prominence as a rosemaler. Just to the south, the Sons of Norway Mandt Lodge served up traditional Norwegian cuisine to patrons who were both hungry and looking to get out from under questionable skies.
The festival’s mainstays, including the canoe race, the Saturday morning runs and walk, the Norse Costume Style Show, the arts and crafts fair and the quilt show kept people busy throughout the festival.
The skies, though unpredictable, held together for the Saturday youth parade, and gave way to sunshine on Sunday just as the parade was starting, a departure from weather models that predicted the heaviest rain starting at that time.