Pandemic cancels Minot Scandinavian festival for 2nd year
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has taken down one of North Dakota’s most popular annual festivals for a second straight year.
The Norsk Hostfest in Minot bills itself as the largest Scandinavian festival in North America. Event officials cited concerns about COVID-19 hurting the tour business and travel, as well as whether participants would be willing to gather in large groups.
Before last year’s cancellation, the four-day event had taken place every September in Minot for 42 straight years. It had attracted about 60,000 visitors annually and more than 100 vendors from around the world.
Festival officials are making plans to bring the event back in 2022, the Minot Daily News reported.