It's Norsk Hstfest time.
Activities begin tonight with a concert by Frank Sinatra Jr., and, the festival continues through Saturday. Other entertainment this year include Alabama, Bill Cosby, Kris Kristofferson, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Marty Stuart, The Bellamy Brothers, Charley Pride and the Happy Together Tour.
This year marks the 36th anniversary of Hstfest. It has grown from a small festival dedicated to the heritage of Scandinavian countries to a huge annual event, drawing thousands of visitors from around the country and around the world.
In addition the the top-notch entertainers that perform on the main stage every year, the festival is full of cultural exhibits, food booths and crafts.
Perhaps most importantly, it's full of people with a sincere interest in keeping alive the Scandinavian culture, and that includes hundreds of volunteers who come year after year simply to volunteer their time at the festival. Without volunteers, the Hstfest could not, and would not, survive.
But survive and thrive it has, for the past 36 years.
For those visiting the Magic City, we say velkommen to Norsk Hstfest.