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The Chester Award

How did the Oscar get its name? One legend has it that when Norwegian-American Eleanor Lilleberg, executive secretary to MGM studio boss Louis B. Mayer in the late 1920s, saw the first Academy Award statuette, she exclaimed “It looks like King Oscar II of Norway!” The name Oscar stuck.

Norsk Høstfest has its own equivalent of the Oscar: The Chester. This prestigious statue, sculpted in the image of Chester Reiten, Høstfest’s founder and former president, recognizes festival excellence in five categories: Artisan, Exhibitor, Food Concessionaire, Volunteer, and Chairman.

The Chester Award recognizes those who strive to deliver the highest quality Scandinavian presentations thereby creating value, meaning and memories for Norsk Høstfest guests.