A poster with the caption "Boil the damn lutefisk" was one of the most popular souvenirs at Norsk Hstfest, said Deb Kunkel, who ran a booth selling official souvenirs.
Kunkel said lots of people asked if there was a T-shirt with the same logo, but none had been made.
"Next year," she said.
Andrea Johnson/MDN • A poster showing a photo of a man with the caption “Boil the damn lutefisk” was one of the most popular items at Norsk Høstfest in Minot.
Andrea Johnson/MDN • Savannah Merritt, left, and Newta Whistling Elk show off Norsk Høstfest T-shirts at the Norsk Høstfest in Minot Saturday.
Kunkel said she thinks more souvenirs sold this year than last year, but more merchandise was ordered for this Hstfest so some will be left over. Hstfest souvenir T-shirts, jackets, scarves, blankets and other items are sold through the Norsk Hstfest during the year.
Proceeds from the Clog Shop at the Norsk Hstfest go to benefit those in need through the YWCA, said Kunkel, who is executive director of the YWCA in Minot. The clogs are decorated with rosemaling, a Norwegian art form. Proceeds from the other official Hstfest items go to the Hstfest.
The official items sold at the Norsk Hstfest this year all had part of the official Hstfest logo and a sign declaring that this was the 35th anniversary of the Norsk Hstfest in Minot.
Kunkel said people often wear items they bought at last year's Hstfest to the Hstfest and also buy new souvenirs this year. Many visitors were wearing clothing with Norsk Hstfest logos.
"We have the same people who come every year," said Kunkel. One tour guide told Kunkel that she always knows to leave room in her suitcase for her clothes with the Hstfest logos.
Volunteers Savannah Merritt and Newta Whistling Elk, both students at the Quentin Burdick Job Corps Center in Minot, said they enjoyed meeting the friendly people at the Hstfest.
Neither was brave enough to try the lutefisk, though. They liked more typical American fare sold at the Hstfest like popcorn.