Iola’s 12th Annual Taste of Norway and Lost Arts Fair will take place Saturday, October 1st, from 10am-2pm at the Iola Historic Village, 210 Depot Street. Taste of Norway celebrates the Iola area’s Norwegian influence. The event provides visitors with tastes of Norwegian pastries. Historical society members and local residents 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 popular Lost Arts Fair aspect of the event brings artisans to the Village showing how things used to be done. Lost arts ranging from blacksmithing, jewelry making , rosemaling, rug weaving, and woodcarving, among others, will be demonstrated. Some of the artisans have items for sale. Craft vendors will also be on hand selling a variety of handmade items. Artisans interested in participating should contact Lee Halverson at 715-677-4918. Craft vendors should contact Bonnie Pethke at 715-445-5851 or

Troll’s Workshop will provide projects and fun for children, located in the replica one-room schoolhouse on the grounds. Desiah Melby will be playing Scandinavian tunes on her fiddle from Noon to 1:00 p.m., using a vintage flatcar by the Iola Depot as her stage