'May the Norsk be with you'
48th annual Fest this weekend
Thursday, July 24, 2014 9:49 AM
Since 1967, over 1.5 million visitors from all over the world have attended Decorah’s annual festival celebrating the town’s Scandinavian immigrant heritage.
The theme for the 2014 Fest, which runs July 24-26, is “May the Norsk be with you” a wink to the popular science fiction movie franchise, Star Wars. The whole family will enjoy delicious food, traditional crafts, a colorful parade, lively entertainment, sporting events and a Saturday night fireworks display.
Opening ceremonies begin at 6:45 p.m. Thursday and feature a pageantry of flags, costumes, music, dancing and more.
The Nordic Fest Grand Marshal and Flag Recipient will officially be recognized, and food booths will open up and down Water Street. Canopies will be full of musical entertainment and the streets will be buzzing with fun.The popular Jim Busta Band with Mollie B will perform in Canopy 2.
Entertainment canopies will begin activity at 11 a.m. Don’t forget the Arts and Crafts Show at the Decorah Middle School. The Troll Walk also returns for another fantastic adventure among Decorah’s pesky troll haunts. At 5 p.m., the Jim Busta Band with Mollie B per-forms in Canopy 5, followed at 8 p.m. by the El Caminos.
There also is square dancing in Canopy 4 and much more.
Wake up in time for the Elvelopet 5K and 15K race (7:30 a.m.). The morning also kicks off the Nordic Rock Throw at the Decorah Middle School.
Lawn chairs will start to fill the sidewalks gearing up for the Grand Parade at 10 a.m. Once the parade wraps up, canopies will fill again with bands, jugglers, puppet shows and more.
If you need a break from downtown, check out the Decorah Garden Club Tours, visit an area attraction or hop on the Trout Run Trail for a bike ride.
Get back to Canopy 5 for rock band Gaelstorm starting at 4:30 p.m. and Audio Drive at 7:30 p.m. At 10 p.m. the night sky will light up with a beautiful fireworks display.
Be sure to consider a donation to the talented Nordic Dancers as they plan for their next big traveling tour.
For more information visit nordicfest.com