Miss Norsk Høstfest

Miss Norsk Høstfest is an excellent opportunity to meet new friends while celebrating her Scandinavian heritage.


Miss Norsk Høstfest is an excellent opportunity to meet new friends while celebrating your Scandinavian heritage. Candidates must meet specific qualifications in order to be considered for the Miss Norsk Høstfest title Judges will be looking for someone with a friendly personality who is eager to meet the public (particularly Norsk Høstfest patrons), an articulate speaker willing to give interviews, and interested in Scandinavian heritage. Miss Norsk Høstfest candidates will be required to compete in an interview round. Shall the Miss Norsk Høstfest title winner desire to move on to compete at the state level, guidance and prep will be given by the Miss Norsk Høstfest Pageant team.

The Miss Norsk Høstfest title winner will receive a spot in the Miss North Dakota pageant (if she so desires to compete further), and a Norsk Høstfest gift pack (Laila courtesy of Geir Ness, Troentorp Swedish clogs, VIP tickets to all Great Hall shows), and the ultimate award - the crown & title of Miss Norsk Høstfest 2018!


To learn about the qualifications and competition, please review the links to the right.

Miss Norsk Høstfest 2017


August 12, 2017 was a big day for Arnikka Thompson. She was competing in her first pageant to compete for the title of Miss Norsk Høstfest. After successfully completing the interview, evening gown and fitness competitions, Arnikka performed the “Norwegian Dance” on her clarinet and clinched the win as this year’s Miss Norsk Høstfest.

Arnikka’s dream to become Miss Norsk Høstfest began at a young age. “I’ve gone to Høstfest every year except first grade. When I was in Kindergarten, I went to the Høstfest and saw Princess Märtha Louise of Norway who was there with her book, ‘Why Kings and Queens Don’t Wear Crowns’, and I loved it,” said Arnikka. “Later that day, I saw Miss Norsk Høstfest in her crown and I wanted to be just like her.”

When asked how it felt to have her dream come true, she said, “It’s amazing. I was elated.”

Arnikka is 100 percent Norwegian and her culture has been a part of her life from a young age. “I’ve been a part of the Sons of Norway since I was four months old when my mom took me to the meetings,” she said. As Arnikka grew up, she continued to embrace her culture. She attended Camp Trollfjorden starting at eight years old and served as a camp counselor in recent years. The camp is located near Lake Metigoshe and gives campers insight into the Norwegian language, dancing and cooking.

As a longtime Høstfest attendee, Arnikka is looking forward to reconnecting with festival friends and getting to meet more fantastic Høstfest attendees. If you get to chat with Miss Norsk Høstfest, make sure to ask her about her platform — encouraging music in small schools. You might even learn that you have an ancestor in common. Arnikka’s family is from the northern regions of Norway.

Miss Norsk Høstfest’s favorite Nordic food is rømmegrøt.