Lutefisk is a culinary delicacy of the Nordic countries. Delicacy might be a bit of a misnomer…
Lutefisk is made from aged fish and lye. It is gelatinous. It is stinky. Its name literally means ‘lye fish.’ Yeah…
As I mentioned in my previous post, after hiking around Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Lighthouse, we headed into Two Harbors proper to go to Heritage Days. Heritage Days is a multi-day event of parades, music, activities, and general festivity in and around downtown Two Harbors. When we stopped by Two Harbors on Thursday night, we asked directions from someone out on the street, and they told us (after giving directions) to come back the following day for the Lutefisk Throw. It is (and I quote), “the best thing that happens in Two Harbors all year.”
Well, with that recommendation, how could we refuse?!
And that is how we came to be in downtown Two Harbors for the Lutefisk Throw on Friday afternoon.
When we first arrived at Heritage Days, we wandered through a few booths selling clothes, art, knick-knacks, food, etc.
Finally, we found the music stage where we were told the Lutefisk Throw would be.
You are probably wondering what a Lutefisk Throw is. We were also wondering.
Luckily, the band played an introduction song to the event to help clear things up. The song went like this:
Here comes that Norsky bunch, they’re gonna throw some fish now.
Lutefisk, better stand back, you know they’re gonna throw some fish now.
Lutefisk. Lutefisk. Lute….fisk.
Yes, those are the real lyrics. Here’s the rundown:
Each year the Sons of Norway face off with the Swedes at the Two Harbors Heritage Days Lutefisk Throw. Each team attempts to throw frozen lutefisk (gloves are worn because it is so gross) across a tarp and into a bucket, and the team who successfully sinks the greatest number of lutefisk in the bucket wins.
There was even an honorary first throw of the game:
IS THIS REAL LIFE?!
This was not a high-paced game, and when we left (after three rounds), the score was 1-0.
After leaving the Lutefisk Throw, we stopped by the other big Two Harbors tourist attraction (har-di-har)…the 3M museum! Inside this building is the most comprehensive and informative exhibit on tape:
Even though 3M started with tape, as you are probably well aware, they have now expanded to many other products:
And they’ve even made contributions to the field of science! Check out these butterfly tracker stickers that 3M created to help scientists learn about migratory patterns.
My thumb is in the picture to help illustrate the size. Just in case you were wondering. 🙂
On the way out, I met this fellow.
Why was he in the 3M museum? Still unknown.