Past Reigning Royalty
Miss Norsk Høstfest 2012
By Abbie Naze
It has been my privilege to serve as Miss Norsk Høstfest 2012 and promote the wonderful Scandinavian festival that has been a part of my life since I was a child.
In addition to my duties as Miss Norsk Høstfest, I had the opportunity through my university to study abroad in January in Bø i Telemark, Norway, a place that will now forever be a home to me. I focused on Scandinavian studies, encompassing Norwegian language, culture, arts, history and tourism. I even learned how to cross-country ski! Along with that, I performed cello with the Grenland Symphony Orchestra in Skien, Norway, the sister city of Minot. Being Miss Norsk Høstfest really gave me a great advantage; I was able to meet some incredible Norwegians during last year’s festival right before I ventured off to their land of lutefisk, lefse and trolls.
While my family and close friends in North Dakota and Norway certainly helped me out along the way, the biggest source of motivation came from the Norsk Høstfest community. I knew you were all rooting for me, and I have returned with a broader perspective on many things, a taste of what Scandinavia is truly like, more confidence and independence, and most importantly, the desire to learn more.
Mange tusen takk til alle! Whether you are a first-time Høstfest attendee, a volunteer in a booth, or, like my grandmother, a devoted Scandinavian who comes back each fall to get your fill of rømmegrøt or Danish pastries, be proud of yourselves. I look forward to continuing the Høstfest tradition for many, many years with you!