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Eccentric Events Special to Finland

Perhaps it’s the short and crazy summer that does it, but Finns have devised some of the most unusual events and competitions in the world. Seriously off-beat gatherings held throughout the country in the summer months include wife-carrying races, mobile-phone throwing contests and swamp football.

In tiny Teuva Municipality in the West Coast, mobile saunas get together at beginning of August. There are only two rules for the saunas. First they have to be mobilised and secondly they have to be so big, that one person can bath in the sauna. Every year there shall be lot of new sauna participators. If you like to join us, please send information about your sauna with picture 1.5. - 30.6.

There are no tickets, so you are welcome to join us. However for car park there shall charge of 5 euros and bus from centre 3 euros. But if shall arrive with the sauna, you shall have a free parking space not far away from the sauna area.

This event for all sauna friends was first time in the center of Teuva in year 2006 with 18 saunas and second time in Parra in year 2007 with 37 saunas. Thereafter sauna festival has been in Parra. In year 2008 there were 37 saunas and about 2000 persons. In year 2009 there were even more: 47 saunas and about 6000 persons and in year 2010 we had 54 saunas and about 8000 persons. Thereafter there has been over 50 saunas every year.

Please bring your own towel and swimsuit and entire family along with you! One should be old enough to enjoy a sauna on their own to avoid any mishaps. However it becomes ones own responsibility in case of any mishap.

We have following program at Parra free time area in Teuva at 1.8.2015:

12 o’clock

Grand opening by organizer “Siirrettävien Saunojen Kokoontumisajot ry”

Some music and presentation of the smallest moving sauna. After that also other sauna owners are free to presentate their own saunas with words. At sauna area are about 50 different mobile sauna´s from all over the Finland.

Competitions:

- please throw saunavihta as far as you can. Saunavihta is used in traditional sauna in Finland. Occasionally one uses leafy, fragrant boughs of silver birch called vihta or vasta to gently beat oneself. This has a relaxing effect on the muscles.

- make a best possible saunavihta with your own tools from the brushwood of birches, which are available in the sauna area.

There are also other assemblies for women and men, but also for the children.

17.20 o’clock the best sauna outfit and saunavihta will be choosen

17.30 o’clock prize giving for competitions of this event and lottery among those saunas, who have registered to sauna event before 30.6. Prize in the lottery is a small sauna stove made by one of the sponsors.

Welcome to Parra again 1.8.2015 at 12 - 18 o´clock.

Accommodation in Teuva area. Please look new presentation from Teuva and surroundings www.visitlakeus.fi

No reservation beforehand for Caravan area, where payment only by cash 40 eur for the weekend (Friday 12 o´clock - Sunday 24 o´clock). Caravan area informations Mrs Seija Hietaharju, tel. +358 50 523 7266 or by e-mail info(at)luontoparra.fi but all other informations from sauna(at)sauna-ajot.com

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