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Hostfest is happening!

Not only is Norsk Hostfest the most happening Scandinavian festival in North America, but it literally is going on as planned.  Next week (September 27-October 1), visitors can indulge in Nordic culture and entertainment.  More than 200 internationally recognized artisans, crafters and chefs participate.

This year’s entertainers include Martina McBride, Trace Adkins, the Judds, Bill Gaither and Charley Pride.  Limited tickets are available online and by phone.

Consider making a day trip for your Norsk Hostfest and Minot fun!  The Scandinavian Heritage Park with its full-size replica of the Gol Stave Church is a “don’t miss” attraction.

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Posted by on September 20, 2011 in Events, Family Fun, History

 

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A cultural vacation

Sometimes when people travel, you’ll hear them talk about immersing themselves in the culture.  Or that they might even be taking a cultural vacation.  In fact, one of the top travel trends in the U.S. is “history and culture” vacations.  But what does that mean?  And could you even be doing it without knowing?

The types of cultural experiences found in North Dakota vary.  Our Culture & Heritage Trail Guide is a free publication dedicated to five themes found in a North Dakota vacation experience.  You can request this publication online or by calling 1-800-435-5663.  The themes you’ll read about include:

  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Wildlife & Wonders
  • Heritage & Heroes
  • The Lewis & Clark Trail
  • Ranches, Farms & Gardens

The types of culture found in North Dakota is far ranging and includes celebrations of immigrant cultures, like the Ukrainian Festival in Dickinson (July 22-24), the Deuce of August Icelandic Celebration in Mountain (July 29-31) and North America’s largest Scandinavian Festival, Norsk Hostfest in Minot (September 27-October 1).

There are celebrations of western culture, like the  Taylor Horsefest (July 29-30), the Wild West Shootouts at the Frontier Village in Jamestown and Tatanka Festival (July 7-10) and the popular Medora Musical (nightly June 10-September 10).

You can also explore Native American culture at the Northern Great Plains Culture Fest (July 30-31) and the magnificent UTTC International Powwow (September 8-11).

And if you’re looking for history, you’ve visited the right place.  North Dakota is where legends were made and you can follow the Trail of Lewis & Clark, visit Theodore Roosevelt’s cabin in a national park named for him, see the home of Sakakawea, the fort of General Custer, the headdress of Sitting Bull, a museum dedicated to Roger Maris and even the birthplace of Lawrence Welk.

You are invited to visit, explore and enjoy North Dakota’s history and culture.  From one of the oldest standing structures built by immigrants to a botanical garden commemorating international peace – there’s a diverse and fun trail waiting for you in North Dakota.

 
 

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It’s International Hug a Norwegian Day!

In recognition of International Hug a Norwegian Day – let’s talk about the ethnic heritage of North Dakota.  Here, you’ve got a 30% shot at hugging someone with Norskie roots.  North Dakota has the fifth highest percentage of Norwegian population in the U.S.  (Minnesota has the highest.)

North Dakota’s ethnic heritage is predominantly “Americans of European descent” and largely German (44% of the total population).  ND is one of only five states where the largest race or ethnic minority group is American Indian (at 5%). 

There are five federally recognized Tribes and one American Indian community located at least partially within the State of North Dakota.  These include the Mandan, Hidatsa, & Arikara Nation (Three Affiliated Tribes), the Spirit Lake Nation, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Nation, and the Trenton Indian Service Area.

North Dakota has numerous ways to experience culture and heritage.  North America’s largest Scandinavian festival – Norsk Hostfest – is held in Minot each fall.  American Indian attractions and culture can be found through the state – from National Historic Sites like Knife River Indian Village, to arts and crafts found at Five Nations Arts, to the new Earthlodge Village in New Town.

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2010 in Attractions, Entertainment, History

 

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Norsk Hostfest’s 2010 entertainment

North America’s largest Scandinavian festival, Norsk Hostfest, has announced their entertainment lineup for 2010!  Headliners are Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Daniel O’Donnell, Gaither Vocal Band, The Four Tops, The Temptations and the Oak Ridge Boys.

Norsk Hostfest will take place September 28-October 2 in Minot.  I’ll see you at the concerts … and at the lefsa vendors.

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2009 in Events

 

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Uffda – it’s Høstfest Time

IMG_0740North America’s largest celebration of Scandinavian culture is taking place right now in Minot. Norsk Høstfest is a festival of dining, crafts, music, entertainment, dancing and camaraderie! Today and tomorrow, there are concerts by county music stars Clint Black and Reba McEntire. Friday and Saturday, music legends Ray Stevens and George Jones perform. Each day, there’s a ton of entertainment – like the Oak Ridge Boys, performances of the “Church Basement Ladies,” musicians, acrobats and much more!  And if you’re heading to Norsk Høstfest this week, be sure to pack your appetite. Culinary favorites include Danish Aebelskivers, lutefisk, lefse, Oof-Da Tacos, Swedish meatballs and Viking-on-a-stick.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2009 in Events, Family Fun, History

 

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