The Norsk Høstfest has been a part of Minot for over 30 years.
Tonight marks another year of celebrating Scandinavian culture.
Kelli Volk is live at the North Dakota State Fair Center where the festival coming to life.
Alysia, it is now down to the minutes before the Norsk Hostfest kicks off with the opening ceremony featuring Frank Sinatra Jr. and the Minot Symphony Orchestra.
However, it's taken some planning and time to get to this point.
Earlier today I talked with some who were setting up in the in the exhibit halls getting ready for the weekend.
That's the sound of setup for the largest Scandinavian festival in North America.
The 36th annual Norsk Høstfest has returned to Minot once again.
Those who are setting up for the Scandinavian festival also have a history of returning year after year.
(JoAnn Copeland, Norsk Hostfest Vendor)"We've been doing the Hostfest for 33 years."
Exhibitors and staff and working against the clock to bring Scandinavia to the North Dakota State Fair Center.
The aroma of Scandinavian cuisine is drifting through the air as chefs prepare a series of meals.
(Kent Arntzen, En To Tre Executive Chef)"We're just trying to get all the orders in house and we're still missing some foods and you know just organizing ourselves."
The handmade trinkets and ornate decorations are filling up the exhibit halls.
(JoAnn Copeland, Norsk Høstfest Vendor)"We're just trying to set up now, which will take us most of the day. And it's such a rewarding experience to do this. To explain to the people who don't know about rosemauling."
Music for the big event is even being fine-tuned to give visitors a full circle experience of what it means to attend the Norsk Hostfest.
(Mark Diamond, Norsk Høstfest Piano Tuner)"There's four, the grand on the stage an this one, one upstairs and one in he beer hall."
In every corner of the building a piece of Scandinavian culture can be found...and perhaps a friend.
(Kent Arntzen, En To Tre Executive Chef)It's just nice to get away from home and see and meet people from the years before."
(Mark Dimond, Norsk Høstfest Piano Tuner)"I've met a lot of great people this way."
(JoAnn Copeland, Norsk Høstfest Vendor)"I especially look forward to coming and seeing all my friends."
Although the kick off is tonight, the exhibit halls will open tomorrow.
Reporting live from the Norsk Hostfest, Kelli Volk, KX News.