Wife Carrying Contest

Contestants must be 18 years of age or more in order to compete. Registration is open for all as long as the person being carried is at least 108 pounds. If they are not, backpacks with rocks must be worn until they meet the weight requirement. Helmets are recommended for the person being carried. This will take place in the Green Space just west of the Snow College football field at 3:00 PM on Saturday. Registration is free and waivers will be signed on site before the competition begins.

Pickleball Tournament

The Scandinavian Festival Pickleball Tournament is an event that will take place at the Ephraim Sports Complex. All players who have registered (link below) for the tournament are to check in at 4:00 PM on May 27th for 2.5/3.0 and 5:15 for 3.5/4.0. Players must bring their own paddle to participate. The winners of the tournament will receive a prize!


Beard Contest

Do you think your beard compares to the beards of Eric Bloodaxe, Erik the Red, or the great viking Egil Skallagrimsson? Come show off your facial hair at the festival’s beard contest! Come to the event with your locks of facial hair and be judged by a selected panel which includes Lars the Viking. Judges will rate each beard on a rubric and the person with the highest rated home-grown beard will be crowned the champion of this year’s beard contest.

Registration Info: Registration is free and the contest will take place at 2:00 pm at the main stage.

Spillingsskatten Scavenger Hunt

‘Spillingsskatten,’ or Spillings Hoard, is the world’s largest Viking silver treasure ever discovered in 1999. Here in Ephraim we have hidden our own ‘Spillingsskatten,’ and it is your job to find it! Look for a small brown wood box hidden from plain sight at the festival on Saturday and return it to the information booth. A prize will be given to the one that returns the missing treasure. The information booth will hand out its first clue at 11:00 am.