St. Paul Winter Carnival King Boreas LXXXII Tom Leonard and Aurora, Queen of Snows Jilla Nadimi are coming to visit Woodville and create three new local Knights of the realm. Submitted photo
St. Paul Winter Carnival King Boreas LXXXII Tom Leonard and Aurora, Queen of Snows Jilla Nadimi are coming to visit Woodville and create three new local Knights of the realm. Submitted photo

WOODVILLE, WI – The Village of Woodville and the Woodville Lions Club once more say “Velkommen ‘til Woodville!” for the 67th Annual Woodville Syttende Mai Celebration and what a grand celebration it is for the next three days in Woodville. This is the always-fun community get-together in honor of their Norwegian Independence Day heritage in the Village of Woodville, Wisconsin.

New this year will be a visit on Saturday afternoon (most likely we were told around 4 p.m.) by the St. Paul Winter Carnival Snowflake 1 motor coach bus (it’s covered in snowflakes!) carrying the 2018 St. Paul Winter Carnival Royal Family who will attend our Syttende Mai Festival! 

The Royal Family has not been able to attend our Syttende Mai festivities in several years. As part of their special visit to Woodville from St. Paul we have been informed that there will be three new Knights from Woodville to be honored at a special Knighting ceremony in the big Syttende Mai tent. This ceremony will be fun for the whole family to witness. The Royal Family is a fun group and very impressive to see in their full dress for ceremonial occasions such as this Knighting in Woodville. 

According to the St. Paul Winter Carnival website the Family consists of these Royals: Tom Leonard of the House of Fury Motors and Jilla Nadimi of the House of Party Time Liquors, this year’s King Boreas LXXXII and Aurora, Queen of Snows. Prime Minister – Christine Quandt, Titan, Prince of the North Wind – Bob Flood, Euros, Prince of the East Wind – Bill Wearn, Zephyrus, Prince of the West Wind & West Wind Princess – Daryl Wahl and Dani Ross, Notos, Prince of the South Wind – Steve Doody and Jacquelyn Chatelaine, Captain of the Guard-Jeff DeKeuster, Guard Sergeant – Christopher Seebeck, King’s Guard – Brenda Hocum, King’s Guard – Jamie Rued and King’s Guard – Dan Maslowski.

The Sergeant of the King’s Guard is Christopher Seebeck.  He is the lead singer in Saturday night’s band, 8 Foot 4, that will be playing in the big tent from 8:30 to Midnight for your dancing pleasure.

It’s a bitter sweet time as we must say goodbye to our 2017-18 Syttende Mai Royalty: Syttende Mai Queen Alexa Rimer, and First Princess Faith Smith, Second Princess Isabel Vance, Third Princess Emily Olsem and Fourth Princess Lillie Smith who have been serving as the great goodwill ambassadors for the Village of Woodville for the last year.

This Court has been wonderful for Woodville, serving and attending many community events and going to lots of other towns and villages for the numerous parades (along with their dedicated parents many times) representing our fair village in their unique custom made Norwegian costumes that set them apart from the other communities. 

Now we welcome our new 2018-19 Syttende Mai Royalty Contestants: Miss Libby Whirry, Abbie DeLong, Brooklyn Shultz and Amber DeLong. One of these lovely four ladies will be crowned our new Syttende Mai Queen and the others will be crowned Princesses on Saturday evening at approximately 7p.m. The Queen’s Coronation will be held at Viking Middle School and the public is invited with tickets on sale at the door.

Today (Thursday, May 17) is the beginning of the 67th Annual Woodville Syttende Mai Celebration starting at 4:30 p.m. when the Stipes Shows Carnival opens and runs every day of Syttende Mai through Saturday, May 19 with great rides and fun for the entire family.

Also today is the 11th Annual Citizens State Bank, Woodville Branch Community Appreciation Dinner. There will be plenty of free food, and everyone is welcome starting at 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm under the Syttende Mai Tent in the American Legion Parking Lot. And this is just the beginning of the good food you will find in Woodville for Syttende Mai 67.

For the fourth year now, the Woodville Historical Society will be hosting its Annual “Chairitage” Chair Decorating Contest. Decorate a chair or stool in a whimsically themed and family friendly design, enter it into the contest and compete for ribbons and prizes!

You can either keep your chair or donate it for the auction. All monies raised will go to support the Woodville Historical Museum. Check out the Society’s home on Main Street and more information about the “Chairitage” schedule that culminates with the fundraising auction of decorated chairs on Saturday before the Grande Parade in the Syttende Mai tent this year.

Another event today to look for is the Syttende Mai Court and Court Contestants making and selling $2 root beer floats by the tent on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Oh and grab a “world famous” Lions burger while your there too (and grilled chicken on Saturday!).

Be sure to check in at the Lions’ Information booth by the big Syttende Mai Tent in the American Legion parking lot for the rest of the schedule for Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19, where you can also purchase your collectable buttons and raffle tickets with three big cash prizes.

If you are looking for bargains galore come to Woodville on Friday for the garage sales all over the village.

On Saturday you can start your day with the annual Uff-Da Run. Also, on Saturday is the not-to-be missed 67th Annual Woodville Syttende Mai Celebration Grande Parade with over 100 units that starts at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. There is a rumor that the Daughters (along with local Sons too) of Norway will be visiting and marching in the Grande Syttende Mai Parade, don’t miss it!

Returning this year for your family’s enjoyment after the Grande Parade at 2:30 or so, is the fantastic father and son musical duo of Sean & Ian Oamoto, this is great family entertainment not to be missed in the Syttende Mai tent.

Of course, there is the fantastic live music and dancing by the Flashpoint band on Friday night and the 8 Foot 4 band on Saturday night from 8:30 to 12:30 p.m. in the big Syttende Mai tent with warm gas heaters if it gets chilly; NO COVER CHARGE either night.

Tell your friends and bring your family, and we’ll see you here at what will be a fantastic 67th Annual Woodville Syttende Mai Celebration. “Velkommen ‘til Woodville!”