The 29th Annual Rutland Uffda Day will be held next Sunday, October 6, 2013!  This is the day when the population in the town of 163 swells to over 1,000 — maybe 2,000 — people who come to celebrate the Scandinavian ancestry of Rutland.

Residents have been busy making over 3,000 lefse to be served at the Hall dinner and for sale for visitors to take home and enjoy later.  Other goodies include sandbakkels, krumkake and rosettes.  Visitors can enjoy freshly make abelskievers, Uffda Day Tacos, scalloped potatoes and ham dinner, brats, rommegrot and other edibles.  There are plenty of other things to do during the day as well including:

  • Pioneer demonstrations: hardanger, quilting, embroidery, wool spinning, ice cream and ropemaking
  • Antique tractor demonstrations
  • Classic & antique car show
  • Horse drawn rides
  • Arts & crafts sales
  • Pioneer house & museum
  • Musical entertainment
  • Games & train rides for children
  • Wine tasting
  • 5K walk/run (starting at 9 a.m.; registration at 8:30 a.m.)
  • Nordland church service at 9am
  • Parade at 1:00 pm

Musical entertainment this year will include the NorSweDane Dancers.  The NorSweDane Dancers perform Nordic dances to traditional Scandinavian dance tunes. This exciting group is made up of dancers from Fargo-Moorhead Scandinavian clubs and they are coming to Rutland.

New this year to our events will be the pig races at 2:00 p.m.

Kids can have fun bouncing around in the inflatables, and playing a variety of games and other activities across from the Hall.

Plan to be in Rutland next Sunday.  Come meet old friends and make new ones.  Rutland is always the place to be the first Sunday in October!


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!!

Lefse Rolling Winding Down

lefse-janet800w.jpgThis is the last chance to help with the lefse rolling for Uff-Da Day.  Four more sessions will be held this week (Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.).   This year we may just make the 4000.  As of last week, 3002 have already been made.  With four more sessions, 4000 is definitely within reach.  Once the lefse is ready, then the krumkake and sandbagel making crews will be hard at work. The next three weeks there will be a lot of harder working residents preparing for the big celebration!