Norsk Cravings Candy is just one of the many booths that sell genuine Scandinavian products at the Norsk Høstfest .
They sell candy from all five of the Scandinavian countries.
“I got to make sure I’m pronouncing that right, it’s ‘hoostfest’, not ‘hostfest,” said Hans Sandbo the booth vendor.
Like many of us, Hans Sandbo might occasionally mis-pronounce it, but he’s been coming to the Hostfest for just about 20 years.
Although the rest of us experience four days of Pure Scandimonium, he and the rest of the candy crew have quite a bit more than that when you include both the set up and the clean up.
“We have candy from just about every one of those countries and we try to group it so the Swedes can go to the Swede area, the Norwegians go to the Norwegian. But sometimes they spill over so we have to take that into account,” says Sandbo
Preparations take longer than you might think.
But for the candy booth’s owner, coming back for his 37th year makes it all worth it.
“It’s the fellowship that we have within our booth and then it’s always fun to come to Minot, we enjoy it,” said Norm Midthun the booth’s owner.
With about 80 varieties of Scandinavian candy, they’ve come a long way in nearly four decades.
“The first year that I came up, in the back of my car I had three boxes and now we have two big vans full. So, we’ve grown,” Midthun said.
He’s keeping two traditions alive.
His grandfather and his great grandfather we’re born in Norway, and many years ago his wife once had a candy store.
As for his Høstfest candy shop – their best seller? Finnish licorice.
“Old fashion sweet licorice, it’s wonderful stuff. It’s the number one licorice in the world,” Midthun said.
Midthun is 93 years old, and he and his friends make the trip here from Minneapolis every year and it doesn’t look like they’re slowing down anytime soon.