King and Queen

Since 1969, Stoughton's Syttende Mai festival has elected a 'Festival King and Queen,' who serve as event ambassadors.

These "royal" ambassadors can be nominated by anyone in the community. Nominations are based on community service and commitment to sharing their pride for the city's Norwegian heritage with Stoughton residents and visitors. You'll see our royal ambassadors at all major festival events wearing their bunads, traditional Norwegian costumes. 

The king and queen visit the Capitol in Madison to kick off the festival, to declare Stoughton's Syttende Mai Festival weekend a statewide celebration. 

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Prince and Princess

Like the King and Queen, the Prince and Princess are Syttende Mai ambassadors. They are Grand Marshalls of the Saturday Youth Parade, will ride in the Sunday Norwegian Parade, start the Lil' Run, attend the opening dinner, and have lots of other appearances. This is a wonderful  opportunity for two third-graders to experience giving to their community.

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Past Syttende Mai Royalty

2017 · Marty & Jean Lamers
2016 · Marv & Bert Klitzke
2015 · Dan & Jodi Hanson
2014 · Sonny & Linda Swangstu
2013 · John & Darlene Arneson
2012 · Mike & Brenda Sherry
2011 · Dick & Barb Entwistle
2010 · Dave & Barb Kalland
2009 · Rodger Roloff & Jo Laffey-Roloff
2008 · Steve & Kris Christenson
2007 · Kent & Judy Schroeder
2006 · Bob & Becky Greiber
2005 · Jerry & Judy Gryttenholm
2004 · Orin & Dorothy Hermundstad
2003 ·Jon & Connie Blackman
2002 · Olaf & Kathy Brekke
2001 · Chet & Helen Johnson
2000 · David & Carol Skavlen
1999 · Vern & Bev Pieper
1998 · Roger & Judie Nitzsche
1997 · Rich & Susan Albright
1996 · Doc & Dee Schammel
1995 · Don & Carol Wahlin
1994 · Norman & Helen Gerber
1993 · George & Agnes Green
1992 · Oscar & Pearl Elvekrog
1991 · Eugene & Bea Kalland
1990 · Tom & Philayne Chose
1989 · Ralph & Wilma Baumbach
1988 · Fred & Ruth Rushlow
1987 · Al & Shirley Nygaard
1986 · Myron & Dorothy Wilcox
1985 · Art & Irene Sveum
1984 · Don & Doris Helmke
1983 · Palmer & Ellen Jacobson
1982 · David & Ann Nelson
1981 · Doug & Ardys Pfundheller
1980 · Oscar & Beverly Forton
1979 · David & Janice Smedal
1978 · Doug & Shirley Stokstad
1977 · Dale & Yvonne Holzhuter
1976 · Ron & Barbara Furseth
1975 · Truman & Harmona Felland
1974 · Bob & Marion Gilbert
1973 · Jim & Kathy Anderson
1972 · John & Sonia Holtan
1971 · Norris & Carol Fosdal
1970 · Warren & Ingrid Fessenden
1969 · Odvar & Esther Haug