Winter can sometimes put a damper on your mood, especially when February rolls around. The cold, dreary days and lack of sun can cause even the nicest Madisonians to get a bit cranky.
The residents of Mount Horeb decided they wanted to brighten things up and have some fun in the winter when they created the Scandihoovian Winter Festival, held Feb. 9 – 11.
Mount Hored, located 30 minutes outside Madison, has been holding the annual festival in early February since 2011.
Pulling a page from Scandinavian folklore, people attending the Scandihoovian Winter Festival don red pointy hats that resemble those worn by gnomes, which are called “nisse” in Denmark, and “tomte” in Sweden.
The festival includes a number of different events that can be enjoyed in the middle of winter, like frozen turkey bowling, broomball on a frozen lake, a fat tire bike race, and snow sculptures.
This year, the winter activities have unfortunately been canceled because of the unseasonably warm weather Wisconsin has been having. But there are still plenty of fun activities to enjoy.
Here are some of the main events happening at the Scandihoovian Winter Festival. Most of these events are on Saturday, Feb. 10.
Scandihoovian Winter Festival Events
Nisse Bowling Party
Instead of frozen turkey bowling, you can bowl at the Norsk Golf Club for just $2 if you wear your Scandihoovian red hat. The Nisse Bowling Party will be on Saturday from 4 – 6 p.m.
Downtown Troll Town Scavenger Hunt
There will be a family-friendly scavenger hunt in downtown Mount Horeb throughout the weekend. Once you’ve completed the hunt, stop by the Driftless Historium, 100 S. 2nd St., to get a FREE Gnome Hang-Around Buddy (while supplies last).
Scandihoovian Adult Spelling Bee
Are you a grammatical wizard? Then, test your knowledge as a participant in this spelling bee for adults aged 18 and over. The event will be held Saturday from 1 – 2:30 p.m. at Martinson Hall, 108 S. 2nd St. There is a $10 entry fee and you must register to participate.
Paint Your Own Gnome
Center Ground Studios, 302 E. Lincoln St., invites festival goers to paint their own garden gnome at the studio on Saturday from noon – 4 p.m. Gnome kits start at $10. You can decorate your gnome at the studio or take it home with you.
Norwegian Baking Demonstrations
Local bakers will demonstrate how to make Norwegian krumkake cookies on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Driftless Historium, 100 S. Second St.