7th Annual Taste of Norway & Lost Arts Fair/Fall Gift & Craft Show

The Iola Historical Society is playing up Iola’s Norwegian history again with the 7th Annual Taste of Norway & Lost Arts Fair, held at the Society’s Historic Village and Museum on Depot Street in downtown Iola on Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Originally settled by Swiss immigrants who started a lumber mill and grist mill in the mid-1800s, by the late 1800s Norwegian immigrants became the predominant ethnic background of the settlers in the growing village.


Taste of Norway provides visitors with tastes of Norwegian pastries as well as demonstrations on how they are made. Iola Historical Society members experienced in preparing Norwegian goodies, ranging from lefse, smultrenger (fry cakes), krumkaka, sandbakkels, rosettes, and fattigman, will explain and demonstrate how to make them. The demonstrations run from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 


The Lost Arts Fair artisans show off their skills at “lost arts” such as jewelry making, blacksmithing, rug weaving, rosemaling (Norwegian artwork), wool spinning, basketweaving, beekeeping, and other activities. Individuals who have these skills and would be interested in attending the Lost Arts Fair, please contact the Iola Historical Society.


The Iola-Scandinavia Chamber of Commerce hosts the 17th Annual Fall Gift And Craft Show, with vendors selling a variety of items including framed artwork, jewelry, candles, candies, clothing and woodwork. Contact Mary Schwarts if interested in being a vendor mThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


In addition to the event, the Iola Historical Society’s museum and adjacent Historic Village will be open to the public. All proceeds go to the benefit of the Iola Historical Society.


The Iola & Rural Fire Department will also be holding a fire extinguisher check for area homeowners free of charge, to be held at the vintage fire department at the Iola Historical Society.


A community event, local organizations and businesses have come together to build a partnership. In addition to the Iola Historical Society and Iola-Scandinavia Chamber of Commerce, others involved include the Iola Lions and Sons Of Norway, Taste of Elegance bakery, and the Crystal Café.

Heritage * Hobbies * Hospitality


Iola and Scandinavia are two communities nestled in the rolling hills and woodlands of Central Wisconsin; located about 20 miles east of Stevens Point, and about 60 miles west of Green Bay. Iola and Scandinavia are an easy ride from the major cities of Wisconsin, and the area truly has something for everyone.  

Iola and Scandinavia are proud of their Norwegian and Scandinavian heritage. This is evident when all are welcomed to a Lutefisk Dinner sponsored by Northland Lutheran Church in October and another the first Saturday in February at the high school during the Winter Carnival.  These would not be complete without the scrumptious desserts: krumkake, rosettes, fattigman,  lefse, and julekake. Yummm!

The local heritage is also celebrated and preserved at the Iola Historical Society’s educational museum complex in downtown Iola.

The Iola-Scandinavia area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. It boasts of some of the most sought after hunting land in the state. There are also abundant lakes for your fishing recreation. The Tomorrow River State Trail goes through downtown Scandinavia and extends east to Manawa and west to Plover for biking and hiking most of the year. In the winter, snowmobilers enjoy the beautifully groomed trails by the local snowmobile club. The Norseman Hill ski complex boasts of 5 ski jumps and if you like cross country skiing there are 20k of groomed trails and 4 miles lighted trails, and recently added snowshoe trails, located just seven miles north of Iola. Competitive ski jumping is held regularly at the ski hill and Saturdays are rich with youngsters learning how to jump (some as soon as they can walk!) The Iola Winter Sport Club also hosts a WORS  (Wisconsin Off Road Series) in May at the ski hill. Throw in some hiking, biking, swimming  and camping to fulfill the longings of any outdoor enthusiast. For you indoor recreation people, check out our Fitness and Aquatic Center – a state-of-the-art facility.

The Norwegian/Scandinavian culture is also known for its warmth, welcome and hospitality. Whether stranger or neighbor, you will experience kindness and generosity as you visit and explore our communities.