Victoria Music Festival Honors Heritages

Gather Together: It’s time for the 10th annual Nordic Music Festival.

Rosemåling. Lingonberry custard sundaes. Kringla. Nyckelharpa performers. Get out your Nordic glossary; it’s time for the 10th annual Nordic Music Festival, which is slated for 10 a.m.–6 p.m. September 8 in Victoria.

More than 900 people are expected to attend the free event, which celebrates heritages from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Entertainment throughout the day includes Danish musicians (accordion, bass and fiddles), Finnish musicians, singers and dancers, Norwegian vocalists and fiddlers, Nordic folk dancers, a woman who performs cow calling, Swedish choruses, vocal singers, folk dancers, a folk singer and nyckelharpa performers.

“This is a once-a-year event that continues to expand in attracting people from throughout the Twin City area, particularly for those that might be of Nordic heritage and are seeking enjoyment of music and entertainment reminiscent of their ancestors,” says Nordic Music Fest board member Burt Johnson. “With each passing year of the festival, many people have told us how much they enjoy this wonderful, fun-filled event and how they look forward to next year’s program.”  

Attendees may purchase a variety of food and beverages, including a host of Nordic-style pastries (kringla, for example) and treats, lingonberry custard sundaes, hamburgers, meatball sundaes (mashed potatoes with a meatball and gravy), water, coffee, pop and beer.

Vendors and crafters will offer Nordic clothing, embroidered towels, hand-crafted and painted items, Scandinavian-orientated books from local authors, rosemåling folk art and Nordic gifts items.  
 
Perhaps the most anticipated part of the day includes the Annual Lutefisk Toss, with Team Sweden and Team Norway competing for the prized traveling fish trophy. The gelatinous contest calls for team members to toss fresh lutefisk about 15 feet into a five gallon bucket.
 
Other attractions include a Viking Village with folks dressed in Viking era attire, performing different activities and a silent auction of items donated by businesses, dinner theatres, recreation centers, golf courses, and retail and grocery stores. The auction is the event’s major source of funding, allowing for free entrance to the event for attendees.

About 50 volunteers work the festival to ensure everyone has a god tid, bra tid or hyvä aika (good time)!