The final countdown: Syttende Mai just days away

By : 
Jordan Gerard

With fond memories of the 2017 Homecoming celebration packed away, Spring Grove prepares to return to its Syttende Mai schedule, this year May 18-20.

You’ll see a full guide of activities, food, events and more in next week’s edition featuring a pullout section, but here’s a sneak peek at new events.

Kickball tournament

Uffda kickball is making its first Syttende Mai appearance this year. What is uffda kickball? A good old-fashioned kickball game at the baseball field, 2 1/2 St. SW, on Sunday, May 20, at noon. Fee is $25 per team, with all proceeds going to Jen Wedmann and her family. Wedmann was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Teams will be co-ed with at least nine players (maximum of 14), four of which must be female. Players must be 18 years or older, will fill out a waiver and have their names on the team roster.

The name of the game is slow pitch kickball. Players cannot steal bases, and there is no bunting allowed. 

One game will equal seven full innings with a maximum of two overtime innings played if there’s a tie. If still a tie, the winner is decided by rock, paper, scissors. 

For more information concerning game rules, see the Syttende Mai web page at

Baseball games

Saturday morning will feature the junior high baseball team in a game against Caledonia at the field at 9 a.m. Concessions will be available.

After watching the young players, take a swing at baseball yourself in the alumni baseball game.

Game time is 2:30 p.m. Warm ups will start at 1:30 p.m. with the pitching machine. Concessions will be available.

To sign up, contact Phil Griffin at 612-270-2105 or email

Piecemakers Quilt Show

Enjoy beautifully made quilts at the Piecemakers Quilt Guild quilt show. 

A Christmas room will be the feature this year. Holiday fabric was chosen for the challenge project. Guild members were given a different five-inch charm square to sew into a quilt or piece of their choice.

It’s free admission to see local quilters’ works. The show opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. on Saturday, at the Spring Grove Public Library.

Kids games

Entertain the kids with several events just for them, including an old favorite: mutton bustin’.

Mutton bustin’ will be held Sunday, May 20 on the Fest Building grounds. Entry is $5 per kid and registration starts at 10:30 a.m. There is an 80 lb. weight limit. Gear will be provided.

How much can your kid pull? Find out at the kid’s tractor pull at the Fest Building on Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. Registration starts at 10 a.m. and the pulling starts at 10:30 a.m.

Let your kids burn off energy by jumping on inflatables in Viking Memorial Park with Kid Again inflatables. 

They can also have their face painted with Tappy’s Face Painting. Have some fun with portraits when you get your caricature done.

Youngsters will also have fun digging through the corn pile after the parade on Maple Dr., sponsored by Merchants Bank.

Garage sales

Another person’s trash is someone else’s treasure. Don’t miss citywide garage sales Friday, Saturday and Sunday. See the May 16 edition of the Herald for a list and a map of garage sales. 

Maps will also be available at Kwik Trip and Spring Grove Communications.

Norwegian Ridge Birding and Nature Trail

Enjoy hiking and birding on the Norwegian Ridge Birding and Nature Trail all weekend. Maps available at the start of the trail, just down from Memorial Dr.