From Uff Da Day to movie night

Thief River Falls, Minn., celebrates Norwegian Heritage Week

Uff Da Day

Photo courtesy of Snorre Lodge
Norwegian Heritage Week is eight days of Nordic fun, from Uff Da Day to possible Viking sightings!

Jan Strandlie
Sons of Norway, Snorre Lodge

Norwegian Heritage Week in Thief River Falls, Minn., is a celebration of Norwegian culture in many forms, with an event held every day for a week or more surrounding Syttende Mai (the 17th of May).

In 2019, eight days are planned, beginning with Uff Da Day at the Pioneer Village on Sat., May 11. The following Sat., May 18, Dr. Odd Lovoll will speak at the public library and an obstacle race called the Uff Da Challenge will be run.

During the week between, we include a movie night, a smørgåsbord dinner, open house with Scandinavian goodies, an old-time dance, and in 2019 we feature “Tomte and the Troll,” a theatrical performance, and “The Stavig Letters,” a reader’s theater of actual letters between brothers in Norway and America, spanning more than 50 years.

The festive atmosphere in Thief River Falls during that week includes Norwegian and American flags on the downtown streets and wooden trolls on many sidewalks. It is a week of fun for Norwegians and anyone else who wants to join in the activities!

This article originally appeared in the May 3, 2019, issue of The Norwegian American. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.

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