The start of the 2016 Norsk Høstfest is less than two days away.
That means it’s a busy time at the State Fair Center, preparing for the rush of visitors.
Jim Olson checked out some of today’s preparations.
From one hall to another, the arena complex is abuzz with activity.
“Left handed drilling – I know I couldn’t do that. And it fits!”
Shelves are being set, paint is being applied, flags have been hung, the many stages are being prepared
(Cadence Owen, Høstfest Volunteer) “It’s a lot of fun. This is my first time though, here,.”
(And so you’re here to make sure it gets set up right?)
“Yes I am, and I was told I also have to try some lutefisk.”
You do that at your own peril, Cadence! But there’ll be plenty of lutefisk and klubb and bread pudding and even a viking on a stick.
And, of course there’ll be coffee and other beverages.
(Dave Bussard, Høstfest Volunteer) “We’re at the dala horse cafe which is new this year.”
The days leading up to the festival are packed with unpacking all the stuff that’s packed away when the event is packed in for another year.
And lots of volunteers are making it happen.
(Chris Garson, Høstfest Volunteer) “Can’t wait to see what it looks like all set up.”
Over in the main stage area – the Great Hall of the Vikings, there’s lots to do too.
(Cedric Jacobsen, Høstfest Volunteer) “I’m labeling the seats for the great hall seating.”
(So there’s a lot of this to be done!)
“There is. There’s I think 5,000 seats in here of which there are 2,200 on the flood which need to be labeled.”
Another labeling crew, the sign workers, are also pretty busy.
(Rocky Yale, Høstfest Volunteer) “We were planning to be done yesterday but we’ll be done tomorrow.”
(That’s how it goes, I guess?)
“That’s how it goes every year.”
(But you’ll be ready?)
“We’ll be ready!”
So you can see – from Joy Street to Chester Avenue to Bjoro Boulevard, the path is being cleared for your visit to the largest Scandinavian festival on the contenent. And it opens for business on Wednesday morning. At the Norsk Høstfest, Jim Olson, KX News.
It’s worth noting that the festival that has, for many years, begun on a Tuesday night, is now starting Wednesday morning.
It runs through Saturday.