Westby House Bed and Breakfast Inn is Center Stage during Syttende Mai!
|Car Show on Saturday|
Whenever you hear or read about Norwegian history, Syttende Mai is a topic most visited. Ever wonder how to pronounce it…??? It’s
simple, just say “Soot in my eye!! Now that you can say it, here is
some history on Westby’s annual festival. The 2013 weekend dates are May
Westby’s Annual Syttende Mai Festival commemorates Norway’s Independence
Day. In December 1813, Denmark ceded Norway to Sweden. Therefore ending
a 434 years of union between Norway and Denmark. The Norwegian
Constitution was signed on May 16, 1814 and was ratified by Christian
Frederik on May 17th. To this day, May 17th is celebrated as the
Norwegian national day. Thus Syttende Mai – 17th of May. The day Norway
achieved independence for Denmark. However, on July 27, 1814, the
Swedes attacked and Norway was forced to surrender. The union was
formally dissolved in June 7, 1905, when Norway declared itself
independent of Sweden.
The Norwegian immigrants brought the tradition of celebrating Syttende
Mai with them to America and the first Westby festival was officially
organized and celebrated in1969. To this day the three-day celebration
features Norwegian traditions, heritage and good old fashion ethic food.
A bicycle tour, 5 k walk/run, arts & crafts, kiddie parades and
children’s games, are just part of the fun. Arts, Crafts and Vintage Commercial Tents are ongoing Saturday and Sunday. Church meatball dinners,
rommegrot, and lefsa are in abundance during the weekend; along with
great local entertainment and Saturday’s outstanding car and bike show and
huge parade on Sunday!
Visit the festival web site at www.westbysyttendemai.com for a complete list of activities and more information on events
and the Saturday entertainment of “Tina & Lena” Singers with Zingers!
The Inn is the perfect location to overnight stays when you attend the
festival. Arrive and park your car on Friday and don’t need to get back
in the car until you depart! Dates of Festival – May 17 -18-19, 2013
“Mange takk min ven, ha en behagelig reise” – Many thanks my friend, have a pleasant journey!