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Little Finland hosts Laskiainen Festival


Tom Stankard / Daily Globe

STEVEN SCHURTTER shows how to push a "kicksled" during the the Laskiainen festival Sunday at Little Finland in Kimball, Wis.


KIMBALL, Wis. - Folks gathered at Little Finland for a traditional mid-winter Laskiainen, or sliding day, on a snowy Sunday afternoon.

A custom in Finland, the sliding festival is filled with winter activities and food.

On the menu was pea soup with "a lot of ham" and Kropsus. A Kropsu is a Finnish pancake baked in the oven and served with jellies or syrup. Buttermilk, coffee and Finnish bread were also served.

"Pea soup and pancakes are not high on the hog," said Steven Schurtter, an event volunteer.

"But when you have it, dog gone it's good...

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