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