HANCOCK, Mich. (WLUC) - The Finnish American Heritage Center brings a new tradition to Heikinpaiva.
Everyone is invited to join a Hobbyhorse making workshop Tuesday at Sew Cranky in Hancock. You can bring your own materials or use shop materials for a donation. Hobbyhorses can be made out of anything including socks, recycled clothing, yarn or wood.
Hobbyhorse competitions became a cultural craze in Finland back in the early 2000s.
"We were inspired by the documentary 'The Hobbyhorse Revolution' and then we thought, 'why not bring something new to Heikinpaiva?' which is the traditional event. We thought it would be nice to bring something new from Finland instead of just having the traditional Finnish things. We are thinking that maybe this will become a new tradition," said Finnish American Reporter intern Riina Rastas.
Anyone who makes a Hobbyhorse is invited to walk with it in the Heikinpaiva parade. The workshop is open Tuesday, December 4, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sew Cranky on Quincy Street in Hancock.