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The Westby Area Historical Society is celebrating Syttende Mai in a big way on both Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20. The Thoreson House Museum will be open on Saturday, May 19 from Noon—4 p.m. There will be tours of the house, a display of the 1910 diorama, “Sweet Rides & Sweet Pies” vehicles on display, and live billy goats. History note – did you know the “Three Billy Goats Gruff” story originated in Norway about 1842 as a fairy tale?

Diane Langaard, 2018 Syttende Mai Grandmother of the Year, with her granddaughter, Autumn Somerfeldt, will be riding in both the Kiddie Parade on Saturday and the Big Parade on Sunday. They will also be greeting our guests from 1-2 p.m. at the museum tours on Saturday.

Stop by Garrick Olerud’s new office at 106 W. State Street to see the window full of Westby memorabilia. Beautiful and interesting items will be on display before and during Syttende Mai that highlight Westby history. Sponsored by the Westby Area Historical Society.

Most importantly, everyone waits for our lefse/polse sale and it will be back at the corner of State and Main Streets both days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WAHS hopes to see you at this 50th anniversary event!


Westby Times editor

Dorothy Robson is editor of the Westby Times. Contact her at 608-637-5625.

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