The public is invited to share theme ideas for the 2013 Nordic Fest celebration set for July 25-27, 2013.

"The theme is probably the most important decision the Board makes each year," said Fest President Nancy Elsbernd. "It sets the tone for the entire event."

Fest organizers will creatively include the selected theme on buttons, programs, merchandise and all forms of advertising. Residents and businesses are encouraged to decorate window displays, porches and gardens also utilizing the theme. In addition to theme ideas, the Board always welcomes ideas for new entertainment, activities or food suggestions that may better the experience for fest-goers during Nordic Fest weekend.

Volunteers and board positions are needed as well. Available positions include vice president, physical management (two people needed), and entertainment (one person needed.)

"Gracious, hard-working volunteers are what make the Fest possible," said Elsbernd.

To submit an idea or suggestion, or to inquire about Board volunteer opportunities call 800-382-FEST, e-mail contactus@nordicfest.com or send a letter to Nordic Fest, 507 W. Water St., Decorah, IA 52101.

The Board encourages people to submit their ideas as soon as possible, so they can begin the planning process.