Norsk Høstfest will be held at the State Fair Center in Minot, ND, October 11 - 15, 2005, and features Sissel, country singer Bjøro Haaland, award-winning dancer Karin Brennesvik, and a reading and book signing by Princess Märtha Louise.
Norway’s Sissel, widely regarded as Scandinavia’s most popular singer, will perform Tuesday, October 11, as part of the opening Norsk Høstfest Eve concert. Sissel’s inclusion in a stellar, star-packed entertainment lineup is part of Norsk Høstfest’s commitment this year to commemorate the Norway Centennial. To be held all under one roof at Minot’s State Fair Center Oct. 11-15, Norsk Høstfest is widely recognized as North America’s largest Scandinavian festival. Attracting 55,000 to 60,000 visitors every year to Minot, the 28th annual Norsk Høstfest promises unending entertainment on seven stages with continuous performances. The festival also features the finest representations of Scandinavia, from scrumptious and authentic cuisine prepared by executive chefs with international credentials to exhibits and demonstrations representing both past and present. Interspersed are opportunities for shopping that could be replicated only by visiting the Scandinavian countries themselves.
Also in the Great Hall Tuesday evening will be country legend Glen Campbell, accompanied by daughter Debby. Country artist Randy Travis and longtime Høstfest favorite Charley Pride will each do one Great Hall show Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 12 and 13; country legend Merle Haggard appears twice on Friday, Oct. 14; and singer/songwriter Paul Anka performs twice on Saturday, Oct. 15. Among the more than 100 other performers on various stages are these from Norway: country singers Bjøro Haaland, O.J, Hanssen, and the Kentucky Riders and award-winning dancer Karin Brennesvik.
“The purpose of Norsk Høstfest is to cherish and preserve our heritage,” said Chester Reiten, Norsk Høstfest Association president. “While the festival encompasses all five Scandinavian cultures, the majority of our patrons are Norwegian. So we’re very happy this year to be able to join Norway in its centennial observance commemorating Norway’s peaceful dissolution of its union with Sweden 100 years ago.”
Special events planned in observance of the Norwegian Centennial include:
• Copies of the book, Norway - Portrait of a Nation, an extensive presentation of Norway written by some of the most prominent contemporary personalities in that country today, will be available at the Nordic Home booth.
• A book and photo exhibition, Norwegian Footprints, will make its debut at Høstfest. Created by Norwegian writer Espen Hansen and photographer Jan Johannsessen, Norwegian Footprints is a cultural portrait of northwestern North Dakota.
• Artists Hans Sandom and Paul Carlson have been commissioned to design and carve a one-of-a-kind entrance door in Norwegian acanthus-style. As the official entrance to Norsk Høstfest offices, this impressive door will honor the memory of LeRoy and Minnie Ree.
• Representatives of the Norwegian American Foundation will be on hand to share
Information about the Foundation, the Norwegian Centennial and norway.com, which is the most visited online Gateway to Norway and Scandinavia with more than seven million unique visitors per year. The official Web site for the Norwegian American Foundation with more than 60% of its visitors from North America, norway.com is partnering with Norsk Høstfest in commemoration of the Norway Centennial.
“We welcome the Norwegian American Foundation and we encourage our guests to become actively involved in this 100th anniversary celebration,” Reiten said. To learn more about Norsk Høstfest and this year’s activities, see the all-new Web site at www.hostfest.com. Continue to visit the Web site throughout the season as new information will be added regularly, and opportunities for prizes are also available on the Web site.
Tickets for the 2005 Norsk Høstfest are $32 for the Tuesday evening concert and $37 Wednesday through Saturday. These tickets include a reserved seat in the Great Hall as well as all other daily events. General admission tickets, which include access to all stages with the exception of the Great Hall, are $25.00 for adults. Children through age 12 are admitted free; tickets are $10 for teens from 13 to 17.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.hostfest.com, by mail at Norsk Høstfest, PO Box 1347, Minot, ND, 58702, or by telephone at (701) 852-2368.
Hotel accommodations are limited. Recreational vehicles are encouraged and many activities are planned specifically for RVers who stay on the Høstfest grounds. Private housing is also available; call 701-857-0500 for those accommodations.
Great Hall Entertainment Schedule at a glance:
Høstfest Eve Concert, Tuesday, Oct. 11
Sissel; Glen and Debby Campbell 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 12
Charley Pride, 1 p.m. Randy Travis 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13
Randy Travis, 1 p.m. Charley Pride 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 14
Merle Haggard, 1 and 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 15
Paul Anka, 1 and 7 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.hostfest.com, by mail at Norsk Høstfest, PO Box 1347, Minot, ND, 58702, or by telephone at (701) 852-2368