Full Lineup Announced
April 06, 2019
MINOT ND – Norsk Høstfest has unveiled the remaining three shows for the 2019 festival. Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, and Charley Pride with special guest ISMO will fill out this year’s lineup.
Iglesias, one of America's most successful stand-up comedians, has performed to sold-out arenas around the world while Skaggs and Pride have been country music staples for decades with numerous hits on multiple music charts. Special guest ISMO, who is performing before Pride’s show, hails from Finland and has earned the title of “funniest man in the world.”
The three shows join already announced concerts featuring Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Chicago, Clint Black and The Texas Tenors, ventriloquist and celebrity impressionist Terry Fator, international Irish entertainer Daniel O’Donnell, and Chicks With Hits featuring country music favorites Terri Clark, Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss.
“We are excited for our 2019 lineup,” said David Reiten, President of Norsk Høstfest. “We have a nice variety of shows with something for everyone. Come and take in all the festivities Høstfest has to offer from Viking Village to the amazing food.”
North America’s largest Scandinavian festival begins Tuesday evening, Sept. 24, 2019, with the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame awards banquet and RV Pre-Party dinner and dance. A change for 2019 is opening hours. Doors will open at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday-Saturday, (Sept 25-28, 2019) with access to everything the festival offers: food, shopping and entertainment.
In addition to Great Hall of the Vikings concert lineup, Høstfest typically features more than 100 daily concerts and shows on seven festival stages. General admission entertainment will include fan favorites like Williams & Ree, Mollie B, and Neil Diamond Tribute Show. More will be announced on hostfest.com as it is booked.
Tickets for the next three shows go on sale 9 a.m., CDT, Thursday, April 11 at hostfest.com or by calling (701) 852-2368 or in person at 1020 S Broadway Minot ND 58701. However, 2019 Friends of Høstfest — a membership program — may buy tickets early and will experience many other perks at the festival from discounts to special access. Guests can learn more about this program by visiting www.hostfest.com/membership.
Things To See & Do At The Festival
While entertainment is a big draw, there is plenty more to see and do. Guests can learn new culinary techniques at the Nordic Kitchen, shop for one-of-a-kind gifts among hundreds of vendors, indulge in Scandinavian cuisine or enroll in Høstfest University classes and be educated in an artisan craft from an expert instructor. Another area of interest is the Author’s Corner, where guests can meet and hear some of their favorite authors such as Lauraine Snelling.
“The festival is truly amazing,” said Reiten. “Many people are shocked at how large it is and at how many international guests and professional artisans attend.”
Not only do visitors come all parts of Scandinavia, but others are a part of the festival experience itself. Every year, an elite team of chefs from Norway arrives to serve at the festival’s pop-up restaurants Scandi, and En To Tre. Scandi serves traditional, homemade Norwegian cuisine while En To Tre is a fine dining establishment requiring reservations.
In Viking Village, guests will find presenters and Viking re-enactors from Scandinavia, the U.S. and Canada.
“The Viking Village has been growing every year,” Reiten said. “Kids and adults love to watch the real sword battles and just walk among the Vikings and learn about their culture.”
The city of Minot has more than 30 hotels to choose from or, for the person looking to create their own adventure, one can bring an RV and stay right on festival grounds. Campsites are open September 19 through September 29. Guests arriving early can partake in numerous activities from Lefse Masters Preliminary Competition at Marketplace Foods on Monday, Sept. 23, to the RV Pre-Party dinner and dance on Tuesday, Sept. 24.
About The Festival
Norsk Høstfest is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that raises funds to preserve, improve and share Scandinavian culture, heritage and educational programs. The Scandinavian festival is held annually in the fall in the North Dakota State Fair Center on the North Dakota State Fairgrounds in Minot, N.D., USA. Entering its 42nd year, the festival has become North America’s largest Scandinavian festival with tens of thousands of people attending from all over the world. The festival features world-class entertainment, Scandinavian culture on display, handcrafted Norsk merchandise, authentic Scandinavian cuisine plus a fine dining establishment, En To Tre, led by Norwegian chefs. Norsk Høstfest celebrates Scandinavian culture from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.