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North America’s Largest Scandinavian Festival

By Linda Tancs

Tens of thousands of people visit Norsk Høstfest, North America’s largest Scandinavian Festival, in Minot, North Dakota.  Today through 1 October you too can enjoy such favorites as aebelskivers, lutefisk, and lefse.  Of course, the fest is more than just a food tasting.  There are also over 200 internationally recognized artisans and craftsmen, silver jewelry, Norwegian sweaters, authentic Scandinavian gifts, fine art and souvenirs. And don’t forget the hospitality.  There is a tradition at the festival of introducing yourself with, “Hi, and where are you from?” If you participate and encounter the “Mystery Viking,” you’ll win $100.  Skål!

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