Visitors celebrated the summer solstice by attending Norskedalen’s 36th annual Midsummer Fest, Saturday, June 22.

A little trim

Aaron Stakston of Madison, and originally from the Westby area, trims the mane of Lena the fjord horse, while Maia waits her turn. Stakston and the horses were a part of Norkedalen's Midsummer Fest, Saturday, June 22.

Adults and children had an opportunity to celebrate with kubb games, a kids corner tent, where children could make a seed bomb and a tic-tac-toe bag, food, such as troll rolls and lefse, and music at the Bekkum Homestead, the amphitheater and the shelter. In addition, there were demonstrations of woodturning, blacksmithing, hardanger embroidery, flint knapping, lefse making, weaving and spinning, and knitting. Visitors could also meet fjord horses and ride a donkey.

Lefse demonstration

Kris Troyanek of La Crosse measures flour that will be used to roll out rounds of lefse during Norskedalen's 36th annual Midsummer Fest, Saturday, June 22.

Guides were available to present information about the history of the buildings on Norskedalen’s grounds.

Musical moment

The Dell Tones provide music in Norskedalen's shelter during Midsummer Fest, Saturday, June 22.

The solstice sunrise on June 21 marked the start of the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

Donkey power

Josie Hundt, 13, of Viroqua, rides Emma Jean the donkey. Donkey rides were offered during Norskedalen's Midsummer Fest, Saturday, June 22.

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