- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Band Perry will be among the headline entertainers for this year’s Norsk Hostfest in Minot.

The popular country music act will be joined in the Great Hall of Vikings by The Beach Boys, singers Ronnie Milsap, Martina McBride and Marty Stuart, the Celtic Thunder musical group, comedian Jeff Foxworthy and the ABBA tribute band Abbacadabra, which will perform with the Minot Symphony Orchestra.

“We like to think we’re offering something for everyone,” Hostfest President David Reiten said.

The annual Hostfest is billed as the largest Scandinavian heritage festival in North America. Each year it draws about 60,000 people from around the world for food, music and other entertainment celebrating the culture of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

This will be the event’s 38th year. It will run from Sept. 29 through Oct. 3. Concert tickets go on sale May 18.

Fans buying The Band Perry tickets will have another option to choose from this year, with the festival adding a standing room “pit” area in front of the stage.

“Country fans want to stand and sing during the concerts,” Reiten said. “So, we figured we would try to accommodate them and try something new.”

The Hostfest also offers a variety of free entertainment. One of those performers - singer Bjoro Haaland, dubbed the “Norwegian Cowboy” - marks a milestone.

“For 30 years, Bjoro has performed at the festival, and we intend to celebrate this milestone in true Nordic style,” Hostfest Executive Director Pam Davy said.

The Hostfest also includes annual inductions into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame. More than 125 people have been inducted since 1984, including astronaut Buzz Aldrin, former White House political adviser Karl Rove, puppeteer Jim Henson and legendary Tonight Show band leader Doc Severinsen. This year’s honorees will be announced later.

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