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Norsk Høstfest announces 2014 headliner entertainment

MINOT, ND –  Norsk Høstfest announced its main stage entertainment lineup for the 2014 edition of North America's largest Scandinavian festival which runs Sept. 30 - Oct. 4. The 37th annual Norsk Høstfest kicks off Tuesday evening, Sept. 30, with a 7 p.m. opening ceremony followed by the Høstfest Eve Concert, this year featuring Doc Severinsen with the Minot Symphony Orchestra.

Scheduled to appear in The Great Hall of the Vikings over five nights and four days are Doc Severinsen with the Minot Symphony Orchestra, Daniel O'Donnell, Gaither Vocal Band, comedian Bill Engvall, country legend Merle Haggard, Josh Turner with special guest Danielle Bradbery, singer BJ Thomas, 60s pop band Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone, and country music artist Jennifer Nettles.

"We like to think we're offering something for everyone this year," said David Reiten, Norsk Høstfest president. “From returning favorites, to names new to the Great Hall stage like the legendary Doc Severinsen, whose performance is made even more special with the involvement of Minot's own symphony."

Tickets go on sale 8 a.m., CDT, Friday, May 16, with VIP seats priced at $82 and regular seats at $62. Høstfest Eve Concert tickets are $36. Fans can order tickets online at, by calling (701) 852-2368, or in person at 1020 S. Broadway, Minot ND 58701. Online ticket purchase is encouraged.


In addition to the Great Hall entertainment, Norsk Høstfest offers free stage acts several times each day during the festival. Patrons will see a return of many of their favorites such as Bjøro Haaland and Williams & Ree and enjoy new talent as well, including the Nordic Tenors, Swedish magicians Brynolf & Ljung, and GRAMMY award winning country group Diamond Rio. Former Secret Service agent Clint Hill and author Lisa McCubbin are back with a presentation and their most recent book, Five Days in November. Ricky Nelson Remembered, a tribute by Gunnar Nelson and Matthew Nelson, also returns for a second year.

Besides great entertainment, Norsk Høstfest will spotlight Scandinavian culture, artisan crafts, Nordic shopping, nightly dances, and of course, great authentic Scandinavian cuisine.

Norsk Høstfest encourages fans to visit its newly-designed, user-friendly website, where detailed information on almost every aspect of the festival is available.


Norsk Høstfest is a nonprofit Scandinavian festival held annually in the fall in the All Seasons Arena on the North Dakota State Fairgrounds in Minot, N.D., USA. Entering its 37th year, the festival has become North America’s largest Scandinavian festival with tens of thousands of people attending from all over the world. The festival features world-class entertainment, Scandinavian culture on display, handcrafted Norsk merchandise, authentic Scandinavian cuisine plus a fine dining establishment lead by guest chefs. Norsk Høstfest celebrates Scandinavian culture from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.



Doc Severinsen

with The Minot Symphony Orchestra 

7:00 p.m. • Tuesday, Sept. 30


Daniel O’Donnell

1 p.m. • Wednesday, October 1 


Gaither Vocal Band

7:30 p.m. • Wednesday, October 1 


Bill Engvall

1 p.m. • Thursday, October 2


Daniel O’Donnell

7 p.m. • Thursday, October 2 


Merle Haggard

1 p.m. • Friday, October 3


Josh Turner

With special guest Danielle Bradbery

7:30 p.m. • Friday, October 3 (two shows)


BJ Thomas & Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone

1 p.m. • Saturday, October 4


Jennifer Nettles

7:30 p.m. • Saturday, October 4