Norsk Høstfest and the Medora Musical among North America’s 100 best events for 2014

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Bismarck, N.D, - The American Bus Association (ABA) announced today that Norsk Høstfest  and the Medora Musical  have been designated Top 100 Events in North America for 2014 by an expert tourism industry selection committee.

Events are chosen by an elite tourism industry selection committee that evaluates hundreds of events from throughout the U.S. and Canada. Judges consider the event’s broad appeal, its accessibility to motorcoaches and skill at handling large groups, and a variety of other relevant criteria. Winners are selected from celebrations, festivals, fairs and commemorative events.

 “Having two North Dakota events named to the Top 100 list shows that our state has great events that are not to be missed,” North Dakota Department of Commerce Tourism Division Director Sara Otte Coleman said. “In addition, this will provide greater awareness of these communities and events to national and international bus and tour operators.”

The Medora Musical (, North Dakota’s largest summer event, will be held nightly from June 6 to Sept. 6, 2014, in Medora. Norsk Høstfest ( is North America’s largest Scandinavian festival, attracting more than 60,000 people from the U.S., Canada and Scandinavia. This five-day event will be held Sept. 30 to Oct. 4, 2014, in Minot.

According to studies recently completed by researchers at The George Washington University and Dunham and Associates, one overnight visit by a motorcoach group can leave from $5,000 to more than $11,000 in a local destination’s economy. Those dollars are spent on lodging, meals, admissions, fees, shopping, souvenirs, services and local taxes.

The ABA has named both Norsk Høstfest and the Medora Musical to the top 100 in previous years. Additionally, the Dickens Village Festival in Garrison, Mandan Rodeo Days, Fargo’s Pyrotechnics International Guild and the Reunion at the Home of Sakakawea in New Town also have been selected.

The Top 100 list will be published in a supplement to September/October issue of Destinations magazine.

More information about the ABA and the Top 100 Event list can be found at

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