Thousands gather for the biggest Icelandic celebration in the nationMountain, ND (WDAY TV) -- Thousands of people packed the small town of Mountain, North Dakota today, for the 113th annual Deuce of August Celebration. The event focuses on Icelandic history and culture--some even make the big trip all the way from Iceland.
By: Melanie Orlins, WDAZ, WDAY
Mountain, ND (WDAY TV) -- Thousands of people packed the small town of Mountain, North Dakota today, for the 113th annual Deuce of August Celebration. The event focuses on Icelandic history and culture--some even make the big trip all the way from Iceland.
"Welcome to the 113th annual Deuce of August Celebration"
It's what those who live in Mountain anticipate every year.
The biggest Icelandic celebration in the nation.
Curtis Olfason: "We are known far and wide for having a very successful event."
Thousands of people from near and far, packed the tiny town of less than 100 to celebrate their roots for a weekend.
"Sunna"/ICELANDIC: "For me it's awesome to celebrate with family and to continue sharing those Islandic roots with family and friends."
Even those who don't have any connection at all, just come for the fun of it.
"Are you Islandic?"
"You just come for the celebration?"
Bonnie Thorfinnson/ICELANDIC: "Oh it's always fun, we see relatives and we try and come every year."
People say the best thing about this small town is its ability to pull off such a big celebration. And natives agree, the Deuce of August is what makes Mountain, North Dakota unique.
"We're having a great time, would you like a clown hat?"
The parade this morning kicked off today's events--
"We've had a lot of fun in parades with it" (talking about giant 3-wheeler)
And even though the event has been going on for more than a century--it seems to *still* be growing.
Olfason: "It's not diminished at all, people seem to maintain their interest in our event and we keep changing and doing some different things every year"
Icelanders say it's the strong cultural ties which keeps the event going, and no matter how big the celebration is--they'll continue to come back.. every year.
"Still celebrate and have fun."
The celebration also honored World War 2 veterans.