Nordic Fest is an amazing opportunity to try some Nordic sports, such as Mölkke and Kubb, and participate in the annual Elveløpet race along the Upper Iowa River. Will you be the next Ultimate Norseman?Highlights (Be sure to check the schedule for complete listings.)
The Ultimate Norseman Competition
Athletics play an important role in the Scandinavian cultures. Strength, stamina and a strong stomach are all traits of the Norse. Festers who participate in the three Saturday events of the Elveløpet 5K or 15K run, Nordic Rock Throw, and the famed Lutefisk eating contest will have their results combined to face off with other Ultimate Norsemen!
Mölkky: Decorah Middle School field -- Friday, 3pm
Registration: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 218-640-2063
Mölkky is a yard game that involves throwing a wooden baton at pins to accumulate points. The rules of the game are simple and anyone of any ability or age can play. Finland has a large Mölkky following with many clubs and tournaments, along with the world championships. Tournament starts at 4 p.m. and is open to anyone from ages 8 to 80.
Elveløpet 5K Run/Walk and 15K Run: Decorah’s City Hall (400 Claiborne Dr) -- Saturday, 7:30am
Decorah’s “River Run” race course along the Upper Iowa River and surrounding area highlights the natural beauty that Northeast Iowa has to offer. Hydration stations are provided along the course with fruit and drinks available at the finish line. Early Registration ends on Wed., July 25th. Final registration accepted Thursday/Friday 10am–5pm at the Decorah Chamber of Commerce, Friday 6pm–8pm at Decorah City Hall, and Saturday 6am–7am at the Beverage Garden tent.
Nordic Rock Throw: Decorah Middle School field - Saturday, 1pm
There are three weight classes for men (50 lb. rock for up to 160 lbs.; 75 lb. rock for 161-210 lbs.; 100 lb. rock for over 210 lbs.) and 1 weight class for women (50 lb. rock for all weights). Must be at least 18 years of age. Entry fee: $2.00.
Kanoløpet: OFF The Driftless (212 Pulpit Rock Rd) -- Friday, 6:30pm
Registration: Chamber of Commerce by 5pm Friday
The Kanoløpet is a canoe race from OFF The Driftless to the Twin Bridges located on 5th Street. The race will have two canoe divisions determined by the combined ages of the participants in each canoe (2/canoe max) and a third division for kayaks. Canoe teams with a combined age of 35 and under will be in the youth division, while 36 and up will compete in the adult division. The first canoe to pass under the Twin Bridges will be declared the winner. Cost is $30 per person and includes canoe rental, life jackets, and paddles. Those who provide their own canoe may enter for $20 per person.
Kubb Tournaments: Decorah Middle School field -- Saturday, times below
All Day Tournament
Register in advance online, $40 entry fee, check-in 8–9am, play begins at 9am.
After the Parade Tournament
Registration on site 10am–1pm, No entry fee, play begins at 1:30.
Vintage Baseball Game: Decorah High School baseball field -- Saturday, 2pm
Come watch the Driftless Dodgers put on an exhibition of vintage baseball. The game is a blast from the past, featuring teams playing by the rules of 1860 and wearing uniforms from the time period. Among the different rules are a ball caught off one bounce is an out, the pitcher doesn’t try to throw strikes, no leading off the base and balls hit over the fence (home runs in modern rules) can be retrieved for an out.
Lutefisk Eating Contest: Courthouse Square -- Saturday, 3pm