Shown are some of the winners at last year’s mutton bustin’ competition.
On Sunday, children can take a swift ride on the back of a sheep during the event, beginning at 10 a.m. by the Fest Building. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the fee is $5 per child.
Shown are some of the winners at last year’s mutton bustin’ competition. On Sunday, children can take a swift ride on the back of a sheep during the event, beginning at 10 a.m. by the Fest Building. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the fee is $5 per child.

Spring Grove will be abuzz with activity during the Syttende Mai celebration. A children’s parade has been added this year to the many festivities that will interest people of all ages. 

On Friday, May 20, at 1 p.m., all elementary children (grades kindergarten through sixth) will be released from school and will march down the street with projects that they made in the classroom, ending the parade at Viking Memorial Park. 

Children’s parades in Norway are a very popular part of Syttende Mai celebrations.

Once the children reach Viking Memorial Park, each will be treated to free Spring Grove Soda Pop and popcorn. They will then be able to participate in old-fashioned games, a basketball shoot and a quarterback challenge – all for free! 

A batting cage, sponsored by the Spring Grove School’s baseball program, will also be available with a pay-per-play fee. 

Families, community members and business owners are encouraged to take a break from their busy day and watch the children’s parade as it goes down Main Street. Parents are also welcome to Viking Memorial Park to watch their children play the games. Giants of the Earth Heritage Center, Sons of Norway and the Spring Grove Lions Club are sponsoring the parade and events.

Games and activities begin again Saturday morning. Balloon Creations by Kevin will take place in the gazebo in Viking Memorial Park at 10 a.m. 

A free-will donation for the balloon creations will be encouraged with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the high school scholarship program. This is sponsored by the Spring Grove Lions Club. 

Tappy’s Face Painting will also be in the gazebo at 10 a.m.

People of all ages can practice their batting skills at the batting cage beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. Proceeds from this pay-per-play game will go to the baseball program. 

A basketball shoot and football challenge will also be available with no fee.

An all-time favorite, the kids’ pedal pull, will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday in a new location on Maple Drive, near Viking Memorial Park. It is sponsored by SEMA, Hammell Equipment and Caledonia Implement.

After the grand parade until 5 p.m., the Lions Club is sponsoring old-fashioned kids’ games in Viking Memorial Park. There will also be Norwegian games with Jill Bjerke. 

A new activity to test a person’s strength, endurance and speed will also begin after the parade, and it is for all ages – the Toff Norsk Competition will take place on Maple Drive. All ages are welcome to participate in this timed competition. There will be an adult division and a kids’ division; there is no fee to participate.

Soapbox races will begin at the corner of Main Street and South Division Avenue. The races will run until 4 p.m. and cost $3 per run. Helmets are provided, if racers do not have their own. All ages are welcome, however, children age 3 and under need parental permission to participate. The Spring Grove Lions Club is sponsoring the event.

Kids’ will want to hone their searching skills before participating in the treasure pile at 3 p.m. on Maple Drive. Merchants Bank-Spring Grove is sponsoring this dig for money and treasures in a giant pile of shelled corn.

Rounding out a day filled with activities and games is a kids’ dance with DJ Dusty at the Fest Building from 6-9 p.m. for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Admission is $3. Snacks will be available for purchase.

On Sunday, children can take a swift ride on the back of a sheep during the mutton bustin’ competition, beginning at 10 a.m. by the Fest Building. Registration begins at 9:30 and is $5 per child. 

Age divisions are 4 and 5 year olds and 6 and 7 year olds with an 80-pound weight limit. A free t-shirt will be given to the first 30 registrants. The event is sponsored by the Spring Grove Lions Club. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.