Lining up for crab in Skagit County, Wash.

An all-you-can-eat crab feed and Seahawks victory excite Norwegian Americans

Photo: courtesy of Solveig Lee Karen Hanseth with dishes of crab for her family.

Photo: courtesy of Solveig Lee
Karen Hanseth with dishes of crab for her family.

Solveig Lee
Mount Vernon, Wash.

The day was January 10, and excitement was in the air. Skagit County District 3 (Conway and Cedardale) Rural Fire Department put on its annual crab feed (all the crab you could eat) at the Conway Fire Hall. To be sure, there were those blond Norwegian descendants in attendance. The evening was one to eat crab, but it was also a special night when the football team, the Seahawks, played in Seattle. A large screen television covered much of the west wall. What better entertainment could there be? For the residents, the evening was great! They were loyal to their favorite football team and their eyes were glued to the game.

Photo: courtesy of Solveig Lee Seahawks fans line up for crab.

Photo: courtesy of Solveig Lee
Seahawks fans line up for crab.

Scott Hanseth is one of the firemen in the rural fire department. Karen, his wife, brought their children, Craig and Bret. Yes, they and their friends were there. The Seahawks won! They might watch a football game and think it is the greatest. They, however, have not forgotten their Norwegian heritage. (One of their great-grandfathers, settled in Norman south of Stanwood many years ago.) It was just a few days ago that they were eating lutefisk and lefse.

This article originally appeared in the Jan. 30, 2015, issue of the Norwegian American Weekly. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.

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