Flag recipient Bev Christen
Flag recipient Bev Christen

The Nordic Fest Board of Directors has named the flag recipent and grand marshal for the 2013 Nordic Fest.

This year's flag recipient is Bev Christen and the grand marshals are the Trails of Winneshiek and Trout Run Trail volunteers.


"Christen has gone above and beyond serving as a volunteer for many organizations and community events in Decorah," said a representative of the Nordic Fest Board in a recent press release.

"Bev has spent countless hours offering her talents each time with a warm and friendly attitude, a smile and personal touch to each person she comes in contact with. Her knowledge of Decorah and the surrounding area has been a huge asset in her involvement with being a volunteer. Her love for the area shines through in any conversation you have with her. Bev's personality is the type many strive to be like in life."

Christen is an active community volunteer for Winneshiek Medical Center, First Lutheran Church, Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce and Winneshiek County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Aase Haugen Home, Relay for Life and Nordic Fest.

"The number of hours Bev has volunteered at are too numerous to track, but each organization is so thankful for her time and efforts," said the Board representative .

Christen's involvement in Nordic Fest has her donning many hats. She can be found at opening ceremonies selling buttons and programs, demonstrating in the lefse-making window display; and even after long days of helping, she will head to First Lutheran Church to help serve hundreds of visitors a taste of Norwegian food as they host a smorgasbord meal during the Fest.

"This distinction couldn't go to a more deserving person. Thank you, Bev, for all you have done to promote the Fest and Decorah. You truly are one of a kind," said the release from the Board.

Grand marshal

Trails of Winneshiek (TOW) was formed in 2001 to develop multi-purpose, non-motorized, paved trails connecting destinations in and around the city of Decorah. That volunteer group became larger and larger as passion and momentum for the project grew.

For over a decade, this group of volunteer warriors spent tireless hours molding the vision and laying the groundwork for the Trout Run Trail. They worked diligently with land-owner partners, numerous private and government entities, grant writers, engineers, contractors and financial donors to create the 11-mile loop trail.

"What began a lofty idea around a picnic table is now a reality," said the Board.

Thoughtful design incorporates scenery and experiences that set this trail apart from any other in the Midwest. Trail users from all over the world are enjoying nature at its best - pristine trout streams, the fun-filled Upper Iowa River, rolling countryside, picturesque bluffs, farm animals, the Decorah Fish Hatchery and eagles' nest, majestic artwork and more.

The completion and grand opening took place September 2012, but TOW and Trout Run Trail volunteers continue to polish the trail with additional signage, updated mapping, informational kiosks and attractive landscaping.

"The Nordic Fest Board is pleased to honor this incredible group of community leaders," concluded the release from the Board.