The Sons of Norway walking together in the Annual Syttende Mai Grande Parade will be one of the many units in the 68th Annual Woodville Syttende Mai Celebration on this weekend on Saturday, May 18. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
The Sons of Norway walking together in the Annual Syttende Mai Grande Parade will be one of the many units in the 68th Annual Woodville Syttende Mai Celebration on this weekend on Saturday, May 18. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

WOODVILLE, WI – The Woodville Lions Club and Village of Woodville proclaim in their Norwegian voice “Velkommen ‘til Woodville!” for the 68th Annual Woodville Syttende Mai Celebration. It is the grand celebration for the next three days in Woodville where magical memories are made. This is the always fun community get-together in honor of their Norwegian Independence Day heritage in the Village of Woodville, Wisconsin. The Woodville Lions Club have sponsored Syttende Mai here continuously every year for 68 years now and they guarantee fun for all.

Of course, it’s a little bit of bittersweet time as we must say goodbye to our 2018-19 Syttende Mai Royal Court of Syttende Mai Queen Amber DeLong, First Princess Libby Whirry, and Second Princess Abbie DeLong who have been serving as outstanding goodwill ambassadors for the Village of Woodville for the last year.

This delightful Syttende Court has been wonderful for Woodville, attending and serving many community events 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 Woodville Syttende costumes that set them apart from the other communities “Sparkle Sisters.” 

Now we welcome our new 2019-2020 Syttende Mai Royalty Contestants: Lauren Thompson, Victoria Butler, Ivy Fuchsteiner and Olivia Dumond. 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 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 16 is the beginning of the 68th Annual Woodville Syttende Mai Celebration starting at 4:30 p.m. when the Stipes Shows Carnival opens with games, exciting rides and tasty treats. The Stipes Carnival runs every day of Syttende Mai through Saturday, May 18 with fun for the entire family.

Today is also the 12th 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. This is just the beginning of the good food you will find in Woodville for Syttende Mai 68. You will have the opportunity to satisfy your appetite with “World Famous” Woodville Lions burgers and cheeseburgers on Friday and their “World Famous” BBQ chicken all day on Saturday. Also look for delicious brats from the Blackhawk Hockey Association. There will be other tasty food options on Saturday to choose from too.

For the fifth year now, the Woodville Historical Society will be hosting its Annual “Chairitage” Chair Decorating Contest and fund-raising auction. 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 at 11 a.m. in the Syttende Mai tent.

Another annual Syttende Mai event on Friday to look for is the Syttende Mai Court and Court Contestants making and selling root beer floats by the tent from 4 to 8 p.m. Oh, and grab a “world famous” Lions burger while you’re there too (and don’t miss the Lions 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 17 and 18, where you can also purchase your collectable buttons and raffle tickets with three big cash prizes to possibly win.

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 17th Annual Uff-Da Half Marathon and 5K Runs with 6 to 7:30 a.m. registration at Zion Lutheran Church, the races start at 8 and 8:15 a.m. Then bring the kids down to the Fantasy Corral from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday for pony rides and a petting zoo. Also, on Saturday is the not-to-be missed 68th Annual Woodville Syttende Mai Celebration Grande Parade with over 100 units that starts at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.

There is nothing like Woodville’s Grande Syttende Mai Parade, with patriotic Color Guards, marching bands, floats with visiting Sparkle Sisters, big trucks and tractors and much, much more, for young and old, don’t miss it!

Returning this year for your family’s listening enjoyment after the Grande Parade at 2:30, 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.

Naturally there is the fantastic live music and dancing by the revisiting Flashpoint Band on Friday night and The Farmer’s Daughter Band on Saturday night with both bands playing 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 68th Annual Woodville Syttende Mai Celebration. “Velkommen ‘til Woodville!”