Minot Daily News: Hostfest makes EPIC announcement
October 13, 2021
EPIC Events to co-promote 2022 Norsk Hostfest
The 2022 Norsk Hostfest has been scheduled for the end of September following an agreement with EPIC Events of North Dakota to assist with the event.
The newly re-formed Hostfest Board of Directors has hired the West Fargo- and Minot-based firm to book the entertainment, sponsorship, design and logistical arrangements. This will assure a return of the festival that has become a mainstay of North Dakota attractions. North America’s largest Scandinavian festival has been sidelined for two years by COVID-19 and its associated travel restrictions.
Board President Tim Mihalick says EPIC already has people assigned to the Minot office of Norsk Hostfest to begin the process of making the 2022 event a reality.
“The enthusiasm, focus and attention to detail that EPIC Events brings to the table will make it possible for us to bring Hostfest back to Minot and North Dakota. We as a board of directors are excited to have such a dedicated team working to make sure that the best celebration of Scandinavian heritage on the continent will be coming back to life,” he said.
Mihalick noted that local volunteers who have made Hostfest possible through its first four successful decades will continue to be essential to the festival’s return. He says sponsorships have also played a key role in making Hostfest viable over the years. He’s optimistic that businesses who have faithfully supported the event will continue to be a large part of the festival.
EPIC Events is an independent, entertainment and event promoter whose main goal is to bring live events (concerts, comedians, speakers and more) to the surrounding region. They are also committed to the arts and will strive to bring opportunity to artists to display their work publicly.
“We look forward to continuing the Scandinavian tradition that Minot and North Dakota have been devoted to for many years. We want to carry on with all the vendors, sponsors, volunteers and supporters that have been around and keep the momentum going by attracting even more people to this next year’s event,” said spokeswoman McKenzy Braaten for EPIC Events.
Mihalick says information will be coming soon on exact dates of the 2022 Norsk Hostfest, as will details on entertainment and ticket availability.
“We hope tens of thousands of loyal patrons of Norsk Hostfest will plan to be a part of the 2022 event to help us re-launch a treasured celebration of the region’s Scandinavian heritage.”
EPIC Events is an offshoot of EPIC Companies, which has over 25 mixed-use buildings in North Dakota and Minnesota. They manage over 350,000 square feet of commercial space and 1,000 residential units. Current Minot buildings include Park South and Blu on Broadway, with Park
South Phase II in construction and The Tracks in development. The company previously owned Beaver Ridge in north Minot.
EPIC Companies also has buildings in Bismarck, Grand Forks, Jamestown,
Fargo, West Fargo and in Moorhead and Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.