BADGER - With autumn leaves falling and the harvest under way, the smell of lefse is in the air, especially around the Badger Lutheran Church.
The word alone stirs up thoughts of special meals, holidays and the annual Norwegian church supper for fellow Norwegians.
Each year people in the surrounding communities come to Badger for a glimpse back in time and a taste of Norway. The church is decorated with authentic Norwegian items in traditional colors of red, white and blue, and the atmosphere continues with servers wearing red vests trimmed with material of a Norwegian-inspired pattern.
There will be plenty of the beloved Norwegian lefse, a thin flat potato flavored delicacy, for guests to enjoy and even take home.
This year the members of Badger Lutheran Church peeled and cooked 100 pounds of potatoes, riced them, and mixed in 80 pounds of flour to create dozens of potato lefse, all in preparation for the supper.
On this year's menu, in addition to potato lefse, will be lutefisk, boiled potatoes and melted butter, meatballs with gravy, green beans, cranberries, flotbrod, brown bread, gumme, fruit soup, spritz, rosettes, kringla, krumkake and coffee.
If you go
What: 102nd Norwegian Dinner
When: 4:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Badger Lutheran Church, Badger
Cost: $18 adults, $10 ages 6 to 12, free for children age 5 and younger
This 102nd anniversary Norwegian supper will begin serving family-style, all you can eat, at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Fellowship Hall of Badger Lutheran Church.
Adult tickets are $18; children 6 to 12, $10; and children 5 and younger, free. Tickets are on sale at the Badger Lutheran Church from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; Knutzon's Gifts, Eagle Grove; Wicker Jewelry and the First State Bank, both in Fort Dodge; and at K.C. Nielsen John Deere and Sheree's Hallmark in Humboldt.
A take-out and delivery service is available in Badger.
There will also be commemorative cookbooks, coffee mugs and lefse for sale by the dozen at the supper.
The Norwegian supper has long been a tradition of second-generation Norwegians celebrating the heritage and traditions of the Badger Lutheran Church. The first supper was served by the ladies aid in the fall of 1906, and through the years, congregational involvement and fellowship were encouraged through the help of the women, men and the young people who assist with food preparation and serving the event.
Proceeds from this year's supper will include matching funds from Thrivent.
Gloria Tjaden may be reached by calling (515) 545-4623.