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Moving In For Høstfest

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It's that time of year again, and people of all ages are here in Minot this week for the annual Norsk Høstfest.

Emily Medalen takes us to the fairgrounds, where thousands of RV's are being set up for a celebration of the Scandinavian culture.

(John Meier, RV Parking Volunteer) "Just follow us over here, we'll take you right in. Thank you."

Now entering it's 36th year, the Høstfest brings tens of thousands of people from all over the globe to celebrate the Nordic heritage.

And camping out at the fairgrounds in RV's seems to be the thing to do during this week of festivities.

(Karen Anderson, Volunteer at Høstfest) "You come, and you park near friends. They will park you. If there's five RV's together, they park you together, and you can have tailgate parties. This is our third year and we just - third year in a row - we absolutely love it. It is the most fun."

(Larry Grindy, Head of RV Parking) "We'll end up being close to what we were last year, at about a thousand to twelve hundred.

(Tom Marum, Camping at Høstfest) "The crew here directs you to the check in, and you follow their golf carts, they help you park, and it can't be easier than that.

(John Meier, RV Parking Volunteer) "Okay, crank the other way. There you go. Good job."

Everything has been going smoothly according to the parking director, but one change has been made in terms of placement of these campers --

(Larry Grindy, Head of RV Parking) "We had to abandon some of the parking because the grounds are just too soft, but we're making it work. The grass is just too tender. We decided not to go on there, because if we tear it up now, what are they going to do?"

Grindy says that although grass parking has been cut out, they were able to expand parking in other areas to make it work.

So, no matter what part of the Høstfest they may be here to enjoy, for the hundreds of RV owners, getting settled into their spots was an exciting kickoff.

(Karen Anderson, Volunteer at Høstfest) "The entertainment is just out of this world."

(Tom Marum, Camping at Høstfest) "The favorite part is just looking at the people, renewing old friendships, and just seeing who's here and where they're from."

(Ron and Pat Walton, Camping at Høstfest) "Hospitality has been great. Just wonderful. A lot of nice people that we've met. It's nice to visit people from Minot and other places, you know? It's great."

Emily Medalen, KX News.

The Høstfest begins tomorrow at the state fairgrounds.

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