The design for the 2014 Nordic Fest button, created by artist Lauren Bonney of Decorah, has been released.
Lauren Bonney is a Michigan native who moved to Decorah in the summer of 2010 to work at Seed Savers Exchange. A lifelong artist and aesthete, she is the creative talent behind Odd Egg Out (
The button coincides with the 2014 Fest theme, “May the Norsk Be With You.”
“The (Fest) committee typically selects a message that represents the Norwegian identity in a fun and lighthearted way,” said Fest President Randy Schissel.
Each year several theme suggestions are submitted and discussed by the Nordic Fest Board. Once a selection is made, the committee begins to creatively include the theme on buttons, programs and merchandise, all available weeks prior to the event. The 48th annual Fest is Friday through Saturday, July 24-26.
Residents and businesses will be encouraged to decorate window displays, porches or gardens utilizing the theme.
As always, the popular Nordic Fest parade encourages all entries to use the theme.
“This year’s parade will have a new twist,” said Schissel. “As an added incentive, there will be a contest for the best float, as it relates to the theme.”
Contest award and prizes will be announced at a later date but local businesses are encouraged to start thinking about their entry.
For Nordic Fest event information, to volunteer or share an idea, visit, call 800-382-FEST, or email