The Høstfest is an event based around culture, and often around family traditions as well.
There’s one family who puts in hard work all year round to bring a little bit of unique beauty to the Høstfest.
“We have been doing jewelry since the 1970s,” says Sam Simonsno of Simonson’s Jewelry.
For nearly 50 years, 6 generations of the Simonson family have been part of the family business.
“It’s just family bonding time. We grew up helping mom and dad with jewelry,” says Robin and Heidi, Sam’s daughters.
Sam Simonson’s grandparents came from Norway in the 1890’s and settled in Minnesota.
Now, Sam is 85 years old, and continues to pass down the art of jewelry making.
“Our children, and our children’s children, are starting to work, they’re learning how to make jewelry,” says Robin Lockwood and Heidi Peterson
Sam said he’s been bringing his family to the Høstfest for so long, he lost track of the years.
His daughters say that this tradition with their dad is something they’ll cherish forever.
“He’s a remarkable man. He can befriend anybody. He’s kind of funny too… so we have a really good time working together,” says Lockwood and Peterson
He does set a good example for you. When you’re around him, you want to be a better person.”
“Being with family is number one, doing things together,” says Simonson
And for them, doing the Hostfest together is the best time of the year.
“We would do it if it was just half as good,” Simonson says.
“It’s like a summer vacation for us,” Lockwood and Peterson say, “Coming up to Hostfest is like coming to a whole family. It’s like our Hostfest family.”