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Hunter Collison plays a game of kubb, while members of the Sons of Norway prepare a barbecue lunch in honor of Syttende Mai. - photo by KRISTINA HACKER / The Journal

The Garborg and Solheim lodges of the Sons of Norway held their annual  Syttende Mai  (May 17) celebration on Saturday at Donnelly Park in honor of the Norwegian Constitution Day.

The two Central Valley lodges marked the National Day by flying the Norwegian flag, eating traditional dishes like lefse (a flatbread made of potato, cream and flour) and playing kubb.

"Kubb is an old viking game that goes back 1,000 years. It's a combination of horse shoes and bowling," said Garborg Lodge president Eric Collison.

Special guests Dark Boar Vikings  brought history to life at the picnic with their traditional viking clothing, weapons and fighting.

"We just try to keep a little bit of the heritage when we do this," said Linda Silva, Garborg Lodge social director.

The Garborg Lodge is always looking for new members, said Silva. For more information about the Sons of Norway, call Eric Collison at 404-1792.