Syttende Mai festival committee members have been working hard to ensure that the 2013 Syttende Mai celebration provides new activities, while still keeping the Norwegian heritage of the area alive.
When the 45th annual Westby Syttende Mai festival rolls around May 17-19, a couple changes are in store.
New events in 2013 include the return of an antique tractor pull on Friday, May 17, which will also include the sale of beer.
There will also be a video gaming tournament for teens on Saturday, May 18.
-- On Friday, May 17, the antique tractor pull will begin at 4 p.m. on West State Street, which will be closed down for a good portion of the afternoon on Friday and throughout the evening.
The tractor pull is open to antique and farm tractors ($20 hook fee to be paid at weigh in), includes seven classes of competition, with weigh ins beginning at 3 p.m.
Westby Syttende Mai will have a food booth open during the tractor pull and beer tent will be set up on Market Street. The city of Westby approved a picnic license permit in April allowing the Syttende Mai committee to sell beer and wine coolers outside during the tractor pull; provided they have the area properly fenced in, a licensed bartender on hand and that drinking is confined within the specified area of the event.
“The south side of the 100 block of West State Street will be fenced off for those who would like to enjoy their beverage while watching the pull, but they must remain inside the fenced area. No alcoholic beverages will be allowed outside that area,” Shelly Holen, the Westby Syttende Mai president said.
The north side of West State Street will also be cordoned off for general spectators with a set of portable bleachers positioned at the intersection of West State Street and Ramsland Street. Spectators are also welcome to bring lawn chairs for setting along the tractor pull.
Admission to the event is free, but a Syttende Mai button is required.
For more information about the tractor pull contact Dave at 608-476-2186 or check the Syttende Mai website at www.westbysyttendemai.com for updates.
-- On Saturday, May 17, there will be a Gaming Generation video gaming tournament, an event added to address requests for more activities designated for teenagers.
The gaming event will be held at the Westby VFW building on Main Street from Noon - 6 p.m. Admission to the tournament requires a 2013 Westby Syttende Mai button and teens under the age of 17 must have a signed parental consent form to play due to the mature nature of some of the games. Consent forms are available online or at the door the day of the event.
Cash prizes will be awarded for first and second place in each competition.
Games include: Call of Duty Black Ops 2 (Xbox 360);Trials HD (Xbox 360); Dirt (Xbox 360); Mario Bros. (NES); Mariokart (N64); Motorstorm (PS3); and Wii Sports Bowling (Wii).
For more information check the Syttende Mai website at www.westbysyttendemai.com for updates.