Story last updated at 5/6/2009 - 10:47 am
CCW Staff Report
PETERSBURG - What do two places that are over 4,000 miles apart have in common? Besides sharing similar latitudinal coordinates and daylight hours, both Alaska and Norway are rich in natural resources like oil, seafood, forests and minerals. The coastlines of both places are jagged with fjords and thousands of islands, and both landscapes are home to active glaciers. Best of all, both Alaskans and Norwegians like to party.
There may be no better way to celebrate the coming of spring, the beginning of the fishing season and the signing of Norway's Constitution than by attending the 51st annual Little Norway Festival in Petersburg.
Festival events will begin Thursday, May 14 and run through Sunday, May 17. Norway's rich cultural tradition will be celebrated with art, crafts, food, dancing, parading and various outdoor and indoor activities.
For the weekend, Vikings and Valkyries are encouraged to trade out their Xtratufs and rain gear and instead don traditional Norwegian attire
On May 17, 1958, Bernadine Trones and Alma Wallen coordinated the first Little Norway Festival to celebrate Petersburg's Norwegian heritage. These two women began a trend that has picked up many traditions over the years including the celebration of U.S. Armed Forces Day on May 16.
View the festival schedule at www.petersburg.org/visitor/littlenorway.html.