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Nordic Fest celebrates 50th year in Decorah

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For 50 years now, Nordic Fest has been a must attend for the many in Northeast Iowa and surrounding areas with Norwegian roots.

Organizers expect anywhere from 15,000-20,000 people to descend on Decorah during the three day festival, which wraps up Saturday night.

"Nordic Fest is a celebration of our Scandinavian heritage, and because our community has a lot of Norwegian roots, it's just a wonderful community festival that was started 50 years ago," said Nikki Brevig, the vice president of Nordic Fest.

There's all kinds of signs of the Nordic on the streets of Decorah--from the music, to the dress, to the food.  And of course, no Nordic festival is complete without lefse.

"I've been eating it since I was born," said Sonja Galstad, who traveled from Rochester, Minn. for the festival.  By the way, she likes butter and brown sugar on hers.

The Nordic Dancers are also on prominent display.  The senior group has been dancing together now for eight years, and get a chance to perform this weekend, but they're also tuning up for their trip to Norway on Sunday.

Nordic Fest also gives local organizations a great opportunity to get their message out and raise funds.

The Humane Society of Northeast Iowa is selling burgers, and partaking in the weekend's festivities with a Norwegian dog watering station--a water bowl with a toilet lid on top.

"And it's a way to not only further our mission, but to contribute to the mission of Nordic Fest as well," said Jayme Nelson, a volunteer at the Humane Society.

For more information and Saturday's schedule, visit

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