Wisconsin February 03, 2017
This Uniquely Wisconsin Winter Festival is For the Trolls
Just west of Madison lies
quirky little Mount Horeb. Maybe you’ve visited in the summer to check out their “trollway” and enjoy the Norwegian history. But this weekend is actually a pretty awesome time to check out “The Troll Capitol of the World” for their Scandihoovian Winterfest.
This silly, fun winter festival celebrates the Scandinavian culture and history of the folks that settled in Mount Horeb in the late 1800s.
It wouldn't be Mount Horeb if there weren't trolls...
All day Saturday catch snow sculptors all around town crafting different sculptures ...
One of the best traditions of the Scandihovian Festival are the red hats. Worn by nisse in Denmark and Norway and tomte in Sweden, the hats are a symbol of those mischevious, mystical creatures who watched over homes and farms.
The hats also became a sign of resistence during World War II and they can symbolize independence and fellowship. At the Scandihoovian, the hats are a way to gather the community, far and wide. Hats are sold for $10 and the money goes back to supporting the festival, which is fully volunteer-run.
On Saturday afternoon, the local yarn store will help you decorate and personalize your red hat with felting and more for just $2.
One of the many fun weekend activities is frozen turkey bowling, which takes place early Saturday evening.
Family broom ball is silly and fun and gets everyone involved.
The Vintage Snowmobile Show brings in folks from around the state to show off a niche collectors area that is pretty uniquely "up north."
Kick sleds are a pretty amazing Scandinavian invention used to help haul groceries or even another person in snowy condition.
Try one out at the festival!
What's more midwestern than a hot dish (or casserole, if you're so inclined)? The hot dish bake-off is one of my favorite parts of the weekend!
For many, the highlight of the weekend is the Adult Spelling Bee, challenging all of us who've spent way too long relying on spell check. The even it hotly contested and great fun, as well!
There's also snow shoeing, candlelight cross-country skiing, a fat tire bike race, ice skating, tubing, horse-drawn carriage rides and more to help you brush off the winter blues and having a trolling-good time at this amazing winter festival.
Check out the official
schedule of events here!
Have you ever checked out this fun and funky winter festival?
Looking for more Wisconsin winter festivals? Check out
15 Winter Festivals In Wisconsin That Are Simply Unforgettable.