Children hold a special place of honor in the Stoughton, Wisconsin Syttende Mai festival every year. The community celebrates its youth with a Youth Parade on Saturday and invites kids to participate in the Lil’ Syttende Mai Two-Mile Community Run and Walk. Stoughton-area students may participate in the yearly Ugly Troll art contest, too. We welcome families with children because it’s not just good family fun, but it’s a great way for us to pass down our Norwegian cultures and traditions to the next generation.
24th Annual Lil' Syttende Mai Two-Mile Community Run and Walk
Fox Prairie School
1601 West South St.
Saturday 7:45am Sharp!
This fun run and walk is open to anyone, of any age, who wishes to take part in the two-mile event. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome. No roller blades, roller-skates, skateboards, leashed animals or bikes are allowed.
The run starts at 7:45 a.m. at Fox Prairie School. Runners should arrive early and be ready for the event at 7:30 a.m.
Race times will be read at the one-mile mark and at the finish line. Participants will receive water and granola bars at the Mandt Park finish line. For full race details, download the registration form.
The community run and walk happens rain or shine, but will be canceled and not rescheduled in the event of lightening.
T-SHIRT AND NUMBER PICK-UP
Lil’Run Sign In Tent
S. Division and W. Main Streets
Friday: 3pm – 6pm
Participants should pick up their T-shirts and race numbers the day before the Lil’Run event. Those who must pick up their shirts and race numbers on Saturday must arrive at the run early.
Syttende Mai Youth Parade
Parade Route: From S. Monroe and W. Main Streets to Mandt Park
Syttende Mai is a Stoughton tradition and it’s a chance to pass our heritage and values to the community’s youth.
Children and children’s groups line up on South Monroe and West Main Street and march to Mandt Park. Friends, family and festival goers line the streets to support and view the kids. Viewers will see a marching band, gymnasts, BMX cyclists and daycare groups in the parade. The Syttende Mai poppy prince and princess reign over the spectacle and wear their traditional costumes, or bunads.
Any child who resides in the Stoughton Area School District may register to participate in the Settende Mai Youth Parade.
4th Annual Viking Duck Race
Division Street Park
The fourth annual Viking Duck Race supporting the Stoughton Area Baseball Association (SABA) has become one of the festival’s most fun events! The duck drop happens just before the canoe race at the Forton Street Bridge at 6 p.m. Organizers will release 1,500 rubber ducks in horned Viking helmets into the Yahara River, 500 more ducks than the 2017 Duck Race. The Viking ducks float down the river to the finish line where the three winning duck owners will receive: first prize, $1000; second prize, $500; and third prize, $100 Kwik Trip gas card. Ticket holders for the top 20 ducks will win prizes.
Duck tickets are $10 each, sold in advance and just before the 6 p.m. duck drop. All proceeds support the summer baseball program for students in grades 7-12.
Fun Time Bounces Inflatable Play Structures
River Bluff School Grounds
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday, 9am - 1pm
Let your kids expend some energy on some fun bouncy play structures! There is a fee to bounce.