Annual Syttende Mai festival taking place in Stoughton

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Hundreds of people are making their way to Stuoghton this weekend for the annual Syttende Mai festival.

The event has been a staple on Stoughton since 1868. It's a weekend-long event that honors the 17th of May, which is the day Norway declared its independence. On Saturday, we spoke to a former king and queen of the festival, who says it's a family tradition to keep celebrating.

"My parents were selected in 1991 as king and queen, but my father passed away four weeks before Syttende Mai. This is the bunad he had made for him being king, so I've worn it in honor of him ever since," David Kalland said.

It continues until Sunday.