Miss Norsk Høstfest Crowned
September 07, 2019
Sidni Kast named Miss Høstfest
The title of Miss Norsk Høstfest passed to a new young lady on September 7 when Sidni Kast, 21, of Minot, North Dakota, was crowned during a ceremony at Elevation restaurant, Minot, which sponsored the pageant space, refreshments and lunch.
Kast, who is of Norwegian and German heritage, is the daughter of Scott and Brenda Kast and grew up in the community of Minot, which many fondly refer to as the Magic City.
“I’m really happy for her,” Brenda Kast said as Sidni spoke with others after the crowning. “I think she’ll enjoy learning a lot more about Scandinavian heritage and continuing with what she does know.”
Sidni Kast has attended Norsk Høstfest, North America’s largest Scandinavian festival held annually in Minot, for as long as she can remember. For a few years, she was part of the festival’s entertainment as a member of Western Plains Children’s Choir. “That was so much fun,” she said. “Not only did you have to learn how to sing the songs but to pronounce the words in different languages.”
She has also served as a volunteer, spending hours scooping ice cream.
Kast was motivated to enter the Miss Norsk Høstfest pageant by the love her family has for Høstfest. Both the grandparents on her dad’s and mom’s sides of the family attend: Adrian and Shirley Kast and Byron Olien. Her grandmother, Barb Olien, is now deceased but attended faithfully, as well. She has fond memories of attending with her grandparents. “They always wanted to instill pride in where we came from,” Kast said.
A 2016 graduate of Minot High School and a 2019 graduate of Minot State University, Kast is currently applying for dental school. She’ll put the $1,000 scholarship she received as Miss Norsk Høstfest to use there.
Kast is familiar with crowns. She was crowned Homecoming Queen at both Minot High and Minot State. “It humbled me,” she said, “because it was my classmates choosing me. They thought I could represent them well and I appreciate that.”
Now during Norsk Høstfest, Sept. 25-28, and throughout the year, Kast will represent the Scandinavian festival that is known around the world. One of her goals is “to get the youth more aware of what Høstfest has to offer them.” She hopes to speak in elementary school classrooms and to raise awareness among high school and college students.
Høstfest is known for many things – entertainment, shopping, cultural experiences – but mostly for food and Kast said she has two favorites: lefse and Viking on a Stick.
Scholarship and prize package sponsors for the pageant included US Bank, Vibeto Orthodontics, Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc., E-Lending Now and Pizza Ranch. Michele F donated a custom jewelry set and Lien’s Jewelry donated the crown. Flower Box of Minot donated Miss Hostfest’s flowers, according to Angela Christianson and Ashleigh Collins, co-directors of the pageant. Gemar Photography also provides professional photos for Miss Norsk Høstfest.
There were 16 applicants for the pageant this year, with 13 being able to attend on competition day. Landry Maragos received the honor of being first runner-up for the pageant and Rachel Blessum was second runner-up. The pageant was open to women age 17 through 23.