It is once again time for the Annual Rutland Uffda Day event in our small town of Rutland. [Click for 2012 Uffda Day Flyer.] This is the one day of the year when the population swells to over 1,000 plus.  Everyone in town has been pitching in for several months to prepare for the big day.  Nearly 4,000 lefse have been rolled; krumkakke and sandbakkels have been baked and shaped; rosettes are done.  Now starts the preparation for the big dinner at the Hall.

This year our parade at 1 p.m. will feature the Aberdeen Bagpipe Band as well as many classic cars as part of the show.  If you are in the area, come on and join the fun.  The weather is never an issue — come rain or shine it’s a good ‘ole time in Rutland on Sunday.

Marketing Grant Award

The North Dakota Department of Tourism recently announced the sixteen recipients of the event or marketing grants and, yes, Rutland got a portion.  The  Coteau des Prairies Lodge, Rutland, received a matching grant award for marketing of the new guest lodge currently under construction.  You can follow the construction progress at the Coteau des Prairies Lodge website. (And while there, check out the great video from Rutland’s Uffda Day 2011 celebration!)

The Events Grant Program and Marketing Grant Program provide a maximum of $5,000 in matching funds for promotion of regional events and for specific tourism marketing plans. A total of $69,100 was awarded between the two programs. For more information on tourism grants, contact Dean Ihla with North Dakota Tourism at 701-328-3505 or dihla@nd.gov.

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling

Well, the Rutland residents have been busy these past few weeks rolling out lefse for Uffda Day.  This year 5,131 lefse were made with the vast majority for sale in packages of three and about 1,000 of those lefse will be available as part of the scalloped potato and ham dinner on Sunday, October 3, 2010.  Up next, the crew will be making krumkake and sandbakkels and then the rosettes — all of which will also be for sale in the American Legion building (now the Rutland Fitness Center). 

A new part of the Uffda Day celebration will be the 8 a.m. 5K walk/run heading south of Rutland and then back to town.  Registration forms are available online or at several area locations.   Crafters will be selling their wares starting at 10 a.m.; food booths will begin selling at 11 a.m., including the dinner in the Hall; and the parade will commence at 1 p.m.  Following the parade, there will be a fireman tug-o-war (about 2 p.m.) and children’s games and activities starting shortly thereafter. 

So, don’t forget to head to Rutland on Sunday, October 3, for an enjoyable afternoon.  The forecast for the week is sunny and, as The Rooster Crows states, the sun always shines on Rutland (even when it rains!).

Uffda Day 5K Walk

This year’s Uffda Day activities on Sunday, October 3, 2010, will include a 5K walk/run and Kiddie Troll Crawl starting at 8 a.m.  For those ambitious walkers and runners, this event will be for you.  The flyer and registration form is being posted throughout the area.  If you can’t find one, just click here and download a form to complete and mail in.  Registration is $20 before October 1 and $25 on October 3.  Check-in will be at the Rutland City Garage starting at 7:45 a.m.  with the walkers/runners heading South at 8:00 a.m.

Uffda Day 2010

Uffda Day will be Sunday, October 3, 2010.

Scalloped Potatoes with Ham and other Scandinavian food will be served at City Hall from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Demonstrations and Sale of Ethnic Foods begin at 11:00 a.m.  Krumkake, rosettes, fattigman, lefse, rice pudding (in the Senior Hall), abelskivers, rommegrot, Uffda tacos and brats will again be available.  Food booths will be near City Hall and the Fire Hall.  Lefse, rosettes, T-shirts and Rutland Cookbooks will also be available for purchase.

Pioneer Demonstrations are noon to 4:00 p.m.  Local artisans will demonstrate hardanger, wool spinning, quilting, embroidery and rope making.  There will also be demonstrations (and samples) of ice cream making.

Parade at 1 p.m.

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Everyone in this community is saying “Uffda” and are most likely thankful that the 24th Uffda Day event is behind us.  Oh, I think that the people who work the event have fun doing some of the chores – especially in the preparation that started two months before.  The work making the goodies — lefse, sandbakkels, krumkake, etc. — brings people together and some come to Rutland from neighboring towns to visit and help during those marathon efforts.   Even after doing this for so many years, we learn new things and brainstorm about what to change for the next celebration.  There is always the weather factor that is out of our control.  However, it is amazing that this community can draw so many for the one day.  Our biggest draw continues to be the lefse.  The dinner and other food and crafts also contribute to get people from far and wide to Rutland.  Despite the weather, we had a lot of visitors to town.  Kudos to everyone who pulled together another successful Uffda Day event.  Next year will be the 25th year and I’m sure that there will be something special planned.  Rutland residents be on alert that we’ll need everyone’s help to get that event going.  It’s not too early to volunteer — get your name on a list with the Community Club or simply leave a comment here and we’ll make sure that you get a call next Fall (or sooner) when the planning starts rolling again!!