The new (2019-20) and old (2018-19) Syttende Mai Royalty together at the coronation on Saturday, May 18. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
The new (2019-20) and old (2018-19) Syttende Mai Royalty together at the coronation on Saturday, May 18. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

WOODVILLE, WI – Woodville’s 68th Annual Syttende Mai Celebration was “A Moment in Time!” That was not only the theme for the Syttende Mai Royalty Coronation, but it really fit with the weekend of Woodville’s 68th Annual Syttende Mai fun celebration where many magical moments in time were created. The forecast of heavy rains proved wrong and the deluge stayed away until late Saturday night and into Sunday. Even then it did not produce nearly as much precipitation as had originally been forecast. All planned activities took place for Woodville’s Syttende Mai 68!

The grand three-day event began on Thursday, May 16, celebrating Norwegian Independence from Sweden over 100 years ago. The 2019 68th Annual Syttende Mai celebration ran from the 16th through Saturday, May18.

The 2019 Syttende Mai Celebration kicked off on Thursday with the popular 12th Annual Citizens State Bank, Woodville Branch Community Appreciation Dinner. There was plenty of free food, and everyone relished the tasty meal while visiting with family friends and neighbors under the Syttende Mai Tent with some fine dinner music as well from the duo of Haas and Boston.

The Woodville Historical Society co-sponsored a very interesting presentation “The 100th Anniversary of World War I” by military expert Vince Cockriel. Mr. Cockriel spoke and had an extensive display of WWI historical items in the Lions Den.

The always-popular Stipes Carnival, opened on the sunny Thursday afternoon that was the place for fun, exciting rides, games of chance and tasty treats. The Stipes Shows Carnival ran throughout the three days of Syttende Mai 2019.

On Friday (Thursday and Saturday too) the Village of Woodville was bustling with bargain hunters stopping at the multitude of bulging Garage Sales.

Many folks enjoyed a sweet Root Beer Float from the Syttende Mai Royalty and Contestants on Friday afternoon.

There were delicious grilled brats to savor at the Blackhawk Hockey stand or the “World Famous” Lions burgers, with or without cheese and plenty of grilled or raw onions to satisfy the appetites of the hungry before or after the 2019 Mystery Car Cruise and Classic Car Show put on again by Lions Dave and Suzie Helgeson and crew. There were 70 entries in the Cruise and many of those machines were beautiful Classics!

After the Classic Cars it was back to the big Syttende Mai tent for some good music and dancing to the live sounds of the Flashpoint Band.

Saturday morning was less than perfect weather for the 17th annual “UFF DA Run,” Half Marathon and 5K races and they had a brief rain delay of only 15 minutes it was reported. After the races it was time to hit the Stipes rides and check out the Fantasy Corral and Petting Zoo sponsored by Albrightson Excavating and Trucking and Anderson Building.

More good food was available from the Woodville Women’s Club in the Senior’s Center and the Son’s of Norway – Valkyrien Lodge in the Lions Den and other food stands.

The Historical Society held their 5th Annual “Chairitage” Chair Decorating Contest and Auction fundraiser right before the Grande Parade and there were some dandy works of chair art this year.

The predicted rain didn’t happen, and it was a wonderful 68th Annual Grande Parade with over 85 units (only a half dozen or so cancelled due to concerns about the weather). The parade included the Legion Color Guard, United Fire and EMS rigs, the Boy, Cub and Girl Scouts, 4-H Clubs, colorful floats with beautiful royalty from several neighboring communities, many business and organizational units, some big trucks and other equipment. And there were some horses too and no rain, all very nice!

After the parade it was time for the Queen’s Tea at Zion Lutheran Church with all of the visiting Royal Sparkle Sisters. And to pile into big Syttende Mai tent for the fantastic father and son musical duo of Sean & Ian Oamoto from Hayward, WI, providing great family entertainment. There was a full tent for their popular show.

Saturday night at Viking Middle School the 2018-2019 Syttende Mai Court of Queen Amber Delong, First Princess Libby Whirry and Second Princess Abbie DeLong surrendered their reign and coronated the new court at the end of a magical “A Moment in Time” program. Kudos to the Queen’s Committee for another grand production and all the work that you do for this special committee!

With much excitement and anticipation and help from the current court Ivy Fuchsteiner was crowned Third Princess; next Olivia Dumond was crowned Second Princess and Victoria Butler (who received a prize award for selling the most raffle tickets) was crowned First Princess and with that everyone knew that the new 2019-20 Syttende Mai Queen would be the lovely Lauren Thompson who also won the awards (and prizes) for Most Photogenic and Miss Congeniality and the Best Fund Raiser. The crowd was delighted!

It was time for some dancing to the great Country sounds of The Farmers Daughter Band to round out a magic Syttende Mai Saturday day and night in Woodville.

The winners of the Lions 2019 Syttende Mai Cash Raffle are: 1st-$500 cash- Emma Groothousen of Spring Valley, WI; 2nd - $250 cash- Greg Dumond, Hammond, WI; 3rd-$100 cash- Jen Tessier, Baldwin, WI. There was a total of 396 books sold this year.  The top Lion ticket seller was Jeff Schneider with 30 books sold!

Out-going Woodville Lions President J.R. Dachel said, “It was a good 68th Annual Syttende Mai Celebration in Woodville and we send a big ‘Thanks’ to the community members for coming out in spite of the weather forecast and for their fantastic continued support!”

Congratulations to our new 2019-20 Syttende Mai Queen Lauren Thompson and her Princesses Tori Butler, Oliva Dumond and Ivy Fuchsteiner, and to the Woodville Lions, the Village of Woodville and to everyone that had a part in the success of the fantastic 2019 Woodville 68th Annual Syttende Mai Celebration!