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Let your inner Norwegian shine at Gammel Dag

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Features

By Kirsten Zoellner

In Peterson, Minn. it’s pretty hard to top the kick off to summer; Gammel Dag. Hailed by the town as a “hidden treasure where everyone is Norwegian for the day,” it’s jam-packed with enough fun events to make the whole family shout a hearty, “Uff da!”

Running June 14-16, this year marks the fest’s 32nd celebration, and organizers think it’ll be the best one yet. New this year, the festivities will include a Bean Bag Tournament. With a 32 team limit, bags will start flying at 1pm, Saturday, June 15. The cost for the event is $20 per team, with a 100 percent pay out. It will conclude with a Winner’s Bracker and double elimination, a Loser’s Bracket with single elimination, and a Bad Luck Bracket. In addition, a Longest Throw Contest will be held. Participants can buy three throws for $3. The winner will get half of the proceeds, while the other half will go to the city of Peterson. Participants must be signed up no later than one hour prior to the start of the event.

Back by popular demand, the festivities will once again include four bicycle tours, in coordination with HaveFunBiking and The Fit Tourist. The routes vary and include a 15, 35, 65, and 100 mile options. Sag support and refreshment stops will be provided. The cost of the event is $25 per rider and it begins at 7am on Saturday.

Also back is JAKES Take Aim, an inflatable trailer and indoor BB gun shooting range. The fully enclosed and noise-free range made its debut in Peterson last year and was wildly popular. The product of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Daisy Outdoor Products, its goal is to promote hunting heritage, especially among youth. It is sponsored by the Peterson Legion and will be located next to the legion.

As always, the weekend’s events are highlighted by a varied collection of Norwegian artisan demonstrations with the Vesterheim Museum. Other artists include glass works, books, wire art, wood carvings, fiber art and more. The Peterson Museum will have storytellers on hand to share the history of the town and Amish buggy rides will also be running, at a $1 cost. All will run from 10am-4:30pm. Norwegian Folk Dancers, Det norske Folkedanslaget, will do demonstrations from 11am until 1pm and the Grand Parade will kick off at 1pm.

For those looking to whet their whistle, several vendors will be on hand to offer mouth-watering bites, beginning at 11am.

Other highlights of the

weekend will include:

• Friday night dance, featuring Troubleshooter

• 25-mile tractor ride

• Mens’ Softball

• Kids’ train rides in the park

• Saturday night dance featur-

ing Music on Wheels

• Grace Lutheran Church Ser-

vice - 10am

Sponsors of this year’s “Good Old Days” include the Sons of Norway, Thrivent Financial, Valley Crest Riders, Tri-Country Electric, and the Fillmore County Journal. Profits from Gammel Dag benefit residents of Peterson.

For more information: www.PetersonMn.org or klthomp@acegroup.cc

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