Volunteers are the backbone of Norsk Høstfest. The festival relies on nearly 4,000 volunteers to bring North America’s largest Scandinavian festival to life. No job is too small when it comes to making sure our guests have a wonderful experience. Whether it’s your first time attending the festival or a favorite fall tradition, volunteering at Norsk Høstfest plugs you into a community that lasts year-round.
“YOU DON’T MEASURE VALUE IN ONLY DOLLARS AND CENTS, BUT IN ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND IN WHAT YOU DO. I FIND A LOT OF VALUE IN THAT — IN HELPING OUT.”
— Gary Ellingson, Norsk Høstfest volunteer
There are several areas that volunteers are needed, including:
Chairs help make Norsk Høstfest a fantastic experience for our volunteers and attendees alike. These lead roles occur over the entire festival (with some prep work prior) to ensure that specific areas run smoothly and efficiently. Chairs serve as liaisons between volunteers and festival staff. To learn about the various positions available, please contact Deb Sisco, Volunteer Coordinator.
Assist guests in purchasing Norsk Høstfest tickets via computer. Volunteers may work throughout the year in pre-sales or in the Box Office or Will Call during the festival.
Promotion/Flyer Distribution/Booth Work:
Word of mouth advertising is an integral part of Norsk Høstfest. And so are signage and flyers. Høstfest is always looking for volunteers willing to distribute flyers/brochures to various places throughout the year. So whether it be at picnics in Arizona or a family trip to Bismarck, we would love to be a part of your travels. Please call Deb Sisco, Volunteer Coordinator at 701-852-2368 and let her know when you can help.
We are looking for people who are handy with tools! The “Tool Box Crew” is needed before the festival during setup (usually the week before) and during move-out (Saturday night/Sunday and Monday after the festival) to help take down display pieces.
And many more! We have hundreds of areas in which you can volunteer, from decorating to serving food to welcoming guests! Check out the application and merely select what interests you! Thank you for your help!
Festival Volunteer Benefits (minimum 4-hour shift)
• 10% off En To Tre lunch
• 25% off one item at Souvenir Butikk during the festival
• Eligibility for Volunteer of the Year award program
• Volunteer lunch (for volunteers who help with setup/tear-down)
• A Volunteer Festival Participation Pass for day of work
• Present your Volunteer Festival Participation Pass with your name on it at the Box Office and receive one (1) concert ticket at a discounted rate in any section of the Great Hall. Any additional tickets purchased are at regular price. Please email the Volunteer Coordinator for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please submit your volunteer list! Click here to download.