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Lefse bakers are a rare breed, and often shroud their recipes in secrecy in preparation for the cookoff!

It's no time to be modest, you know you make great lefse ... let the world know! Continuing as one of the most popular Potato Days events is the annual National Lefse Cookoff. A Scandinavian tradition for decades, lefse is a Norwegian pastry made from potatoes, flour, butter and cream. It is widely prized as a delicious delicacy, whether served plain or with butter and sugar.

On Friday from 1:00-3:00 p.m., cooks from around the region will gather, along with their favorite lefse recipes, to compete for the honor of best lefse in the country. Contestants will have one hour to roll and fry their lefse. Spectators are invited to watch and maybe pick up a few lefse cooking tricks as participants have one hour to prepare one perfect sheet of lefse. Past cook offs have included a musical rendition of the infamous "Lefse Song."

After the entrant's lefse sheets are judged on appearance, taste and texture, spectators will have an opportunity to taste the creations. Coffee and packages of homemade lefse will also be available for sale. Only 12 stations are available!

1. Anyone of any age, either male or female is eligible to enter. Contestants may choose to enter as a team. Entrants must furnish the recipe.

2. Entrants will have access to a refrigerator and electricity will be furnished. Entrants are responsible for providing their own lefse grill.

3. Entrants should bring their prepared potatoes to the cookoff. They will be given one hour to roll and fry their lefse. The entrant will then select their best sheet and present it to the judges.

4. The lefse judging will be based on appearance, taste and texture. The decisions of the judges are final.

Prizes in the National Lefse Cookoff include the top prize of $200 cash, second prize $100 cash and third prize of $50 cash.

HOW TO ENTER - PDF icon 2017 registration forms coming soon
The entry fee for the National Lefse Cookoff is $10. Interested parties should return the official entry form. Entries will close on the previous Monday or when 12 entries or doubles are received.

Contact the Potato Days Office Spudline at (800) 525-4901 or Chair Person Margaret Ann Thompson at (218)493-4320