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Two events in N.D. make top 100 for 2009

Two North Dakota events have garnered a repeat selection to an international "Top 100" event listing. The American Bus Association has included the "Medora Musical" and the Norsk H¸stfest in its listing of Top 100 Events in North America for 2009. The "Medora Musical" was previously named to the 2008 list and the Norsk H¸stfest was included on the 2007 list.

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. This year marks the 27th year the ABA has compiled this list.

"It's an honor to once again have two North Dakota events named to the ABA's Top 100 listing, which is long considered a 'must have' list by travel professionals and the general public to aid in development of travel itineraries," said Sara Otte Coleman, director of the North Dakota Tourism Division. "Having events continuously featured in this list reinforces the fact that North Dakota offers quality, top-notch entertainment value."

Otte Coleman said the North Dakota events and communities benefit from being included on ABA's Top 100 Events list because it provides greater exposure to national and international bus and tour operators.

According to studies recently completed by researchers at George Washington University and Dunham and Associates, one overnight visit by a motorcoach group can leave from $5,000 to more than $13,000 in a local destination's economy. Those dollars are spent on lodging, meals, admissions, fees, shopping, souvenirs, services and local taxes.

The "Medora Musical" (, North Dakota's biggest summer event, attracting more than 100,000 people, will be held nightly from May 29 to Sept. 6, 2009, in Medora. Norsk H¸stfest (www.hostfest. com), now in its 31st year, 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. 29-Oct. 3, 2009, in Minot.

Two North Dakota events were selected to the 2008 Top 100 list: the "Medora Musical" and the North Dakota Rodeo Association Championship Finals Rodeo in Watford City. The 2007 list included Norsk H¸stfest in Minot and the Pyrotechnics Guild International in West Fargo. North Dakota also had two honorees for the 2006 lists: Mandan Rodeo Days in Mandan and Reunion at the Home of Sakakawea in New Town. The 2005 list also featured two North Dakota events: the United Tribes Technical College International Powwow in Bismarck and Dickens Village Festival in Garrison.

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

The entire 2009 Top 100 Events list is available online at /2009Top100.

Information about North Dakota Tourism can be found at www.ndtourism. com.