Heritage Days attendees gathered near a Two Harbors stage in the 85-degree heat to witness the 21st Annual Lutefisk Toss on Friday, July 12.

Members of the Swedish VASA Lodge and the Sons of Norway go head-to-head to try to land the most pieces of lutefisk in a bucket 20 feet away.

Lutefisk is a traditional Nordic dish consisting of whitefish soaked in lye to create a jelly-like consistency.

Each player receives three throws per round to try to get the frozen fish in the bucket. This year, referees decided there would be no banking off the backboard; the fish had to land in the bucket without hitting anything on the way in.

At the end of the round, the same fish is reused, adding to the difficulty level as the fish starts out frozen, but begins to melt as the game continues. The team with the most points at the end of three rounds receives the traveling trophy for their lodge for the year.

The Swedes brought in some outside help for their team this year. Two Harbors City Council member Jackie Rennwald joined the team with her cousin, Tony Pallo, a Michigan resident who drove up for the toss.

"I was here last year and thought it looked like a blast," Pallo said. "I said, you've got to get me into the fish toss this year."

Also joining the team this year for the second time was San Antonio resident Denton Lindley, who took the place of his grandfather, Gerald Egger, on the team.

The Swedes started out strong, with Kathy Zweber making the first toss of the game. But by the end of three rounds, the Norskes beat the Swedes 5-3.

In between rounds, the Two Harbors Ukulele Group led the crowd through lutefisk-themed songs such as “Just a Little Lutefisk Goes a Long Way.”