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

Scandinavian Days Drop-In Pickleball Tournament Saturday @ 4 p.m. at Snow College Tennis Courts Doubles partners will be chosen by a random draw and you play until you lose. No entry fee, but please sign up by 3:45 p.m. so pairing brackets can be filled out.  Doubles only and players are responsible for making line calls and game regulations.

Contact Sharron Bird 435-340-0646 after 3 p.m. or Brad Bird 435-351-1240 for further information.


Fancy yourself a skilled, accomplished yard-game player? Give Mölkky (pronounced ‘meul-kuu’) a try, and test yourself in this quasi-bowling game of stick tossing. Hone your skills during our hours of open play (Friday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. or Saturday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.), or test yourself in the tournament at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Registration Info: No entry fee, but please sign up by 12:45 p.m. on Saturday at the field. The tournament winner will receive a pair of Scandinavian-themed mugs.

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 on the 29th at the green space just West of the Snow College Football Stadium.


In this game of strength and skill, players are tasked with throwing a rock as close as they can to a designated location. So put on your Viking helmet, and come test your rock-throwing prowess in this ancient Scandinavian game. Open play will be available on Friday from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Those looking to assert their dominance may also join one of our two Varpa tournaments. At 1 p.m. on Friday we will hold a tournament specifically for all of the youth (18 and under), and at 12 p.m. on Saturday we will have another tournament for all ages.

Registration Info: No entry fee, but please sign up 15 minutes before the tournament at the field. The winner of the youth tournament will receive their own Viking weapon with which to hone their skills as a feared warrior (marshmallow-shooting bow), while the winner of the all-inclusive tournament will receive a mystery prize befitting of their glorious victory!

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. A new clue will be given every hour, so treasure seekers will need to check back to the information booth for additional information.