strivetoengage

Living with intent, social engagement, learning, growing, giving

Vømmølfestivalen

image

Vømmølfestivalen is an annual Norwegian music festival that began in 1995. It’s held Verdal in Nord-Trøndelag. The festival was inspired by Hans Rotmos and features a parade of floats of people dressed from past agrarian times, pulled by old tractors. The parade begins in the main street of Verdal and continues to the Folkeparken.
image
Today we caught the train from Trondheim to Verdal to attend the family oriented activities. Children receive free tickets when purchased with an adult ticket. That ameliorates the fact that our return tickets, on a local train, cost 728 NOK (120 AUD).

image

image

We walked across the street from the railway station and pottered around some market stalls. Our son has strong consumerist urges that I occasionally indulge when I think he will get some use out of the item, for example the walking cane he bought in Latvia. Today it was a pirate hat that reminds him of Sabeltann (a Norwegian pirate from a movie). When we got home this evening we cut some trousers and a shirt in a zigzag pattern, he made a pirate ship, put on his costume and proceeded to create a show that involved him kidnapping a princess. That’s 50 NOK that was well spent! The stall holders spoke Spanish and I enjoyed making the transaction in Spanish because I’m not confident yet in Norsk.
image

image

image
From there we wandered down to listen to the band that was playing outside Verdal Hotell. We found our friends there, took a good spot beside the road and at 12pm the parade began. I was impressed that the parade ran smoothly (as did the 17th of May parade that we participated in Trondheim).

image

image

image
The costumes at the Vømmølfestivalen parade were impressive. Apparently vømmøl is dialect for a thick woolen fabric used to make durable and weather resistant trousers. It looks like an old rough type of serge. On the train from Trondheim I was entertained by the steady ingress of young passengers. The men wore vømmøl trousers, some wore grey vømmøl caps, and many carried old rucksacks. The women wore rockabilly type clothes, often with white tights and handkerchiefs around their heads. They looked great!

image

image

image

We all enjoyed the parade. Afterwards we walked to the park and enjoyed some good quality folk music and all of it was free!

image

image

Advertisements

One comment on “Vømmølfestivalen

  1. Pingback: Street art in Bergen and reflections on Norway  | strivetoengage

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on June 5, 2016 by in family, Travel and tagged , , , , .
%d bloggers like this: