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October’s colorful cultures

September 26, 2013
Minot Daily News

October's colorful cultural calendar in Minot is full of colors similar to the changing colors of October's gem, the opal. For the 36th year, in October, thousands of you, men, women and children from Minot and around the country and over the world will be attending the Scandinavian Hostfest. It is often referred to as the "Reiten Hostfest" because 36 years ago Chet Reiten and a small group of Scandinavian individuals, or some of us married to a Scandinavian, decided to honor and remember and preserve that heritage. This gave birth to what has grown up to be a world-renowned festival. This year, once again, every inch of space, brightly decorated by a score of fun loving volunteers, will be filled with crowds of men, women and children, some of them garbed in traditional Scandinavian garments. There will be strolling instrumentalists and trolls, and there will as usual be foods of every kind imaginable tempting you with pungent odors - even lutefisk. The halls will host myriad vendors displaying their special wares to tempt you. Important to everyone will be featured entertainers like the always-favorite Charlie Pride and the one and only Bill Cosby. This year you will be able to compare two Franks. On Oct. 1, Frank Sinatra Jr. heads the lineup of entertainers; most of you will remember his famous father, Frank Sinatra Sr. Rinat Mouzafarov, local talented dance instructor, will take part in the Hostfest as well as many local and out-of-state artists will be performing on small stages, too. Dave Reiten, Chet's son, assures you that as usual there will be something for everyone out at the State Fair Center building at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds. With Dave and Carla Reiten and tall youthful son John in the wings, it can be predicted that the Scandinavian Hostfest will be an important colorful festival in Minot.



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