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In this year’s festival, you will find the Family Fjord in the Skien Mezzanine. The Family and Kids Entertainment Area celebrates Scandinavian culture with diverse activities and performances for all ages. From traditional music and dance to interactive workshops and engaging storytelling, families can enjoy a blend of fun and education. It’s a vibrant hub where laughter and learning unite to create cherished festival memories.

Familie Fjord Fun Zone Entertainment

Ross Sutter & Gretchen Jones

Ross Sutter and Gretchen Jones have worked together at Norsk Høstfest for many years taking part in the Høstfest in the Schools program and also the Scandinavian Youth Camp. Come and join Ross and Gretchen to learn some fun Swedish songs and games. Maybe we can even get mom and dad, grandpa and grandma up to do a dance with us?

Rose Arrowsmith

Actress, author, and storyteller, Rose Arrowsmith has been telling deliciously imaginative folktales, often from Sweden and Norway, since 2001. Rose is the author of children’s books There Are No Sharks in Lake Superior and The Sock Goblin, and middle-grade novel The Marvelous Imagination of Katie Addams. Rose has performed around the U.S. as well as in India and Sweden. She lives in Grand Marais, Minnesota.


Kvinne Kraft will be on hand do lead spontaneous longdance, give rune readings, and talk about the ancient instruments of cow horn and bone flute.

Joan Paddock

Joan Haaland Paddock is Professor of Music at Linfield University in McMinnville, Oregon. The first woman awarded an Indiana University trumpet performance doctorate, Paddock is Fulbright Scholar to Norway, Emmy Award Winner from National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and HealthRHYTHMS™ Facilitator. A Bach Clinician, she is guest soloist, conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the Americas, Northern and Southern Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. A trumpeter with Salem Symphonic Winds, Oregon Symphonic Band, Yamhill River Brass, Britt Festival Orchestra, and “on call” with the Oregon Symphony and Portland Opera, Dr. Paddock also leads drumming for team-building and wellness. Uniquely, Joan sounds the Lur (Nordic Wooden Trumpet) for Scandinavian Cultural Festivals in the US and abroad and has performed at Minot’s Norsk Høstfest for over 30 years!

Ross Sutter & ARt Bjorngjeld

Ross Sutter and Art Bjorngjeld tour all over the Midwest and have both toured in Scandinavia. Together they play Norwegian and Swedish tunes and songs and will get the whole family singing along. Highlights of the show will be a chance to try the button accordion and take part in the retelling of the Three Billy Goats Gruff story wearing a billy goat mask you make and decorate yourself.


Familie Fjord Fun Zone Schedule