The biggest Icelandic event in America is in North DakotaMountain, ND (WDAY TV)-- People from all over the world are gathering in Mountain, North Dakota this weekend to celebrate the largest Icelandic event in America.
By: Kayla Strayer, WDAZ, WDAY
Mountain, ND (WDAY TV)-- People from all over the world are gathering in Mountain, North Dakota this weekend to celebrate the largest Icelandic event in America.
The Prime Minister of Iceland is even joining in this year's Deuce of August festivities.
Smiles and friendly waves are a welcome sight to the prime minister of Iceland.
Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson- Iceland Prime Minister: "It's sort of like coming home."
There's Vikings costumes, hundreds of Icelandic flags and even festive toe nails. Mountain, North Dakota isn't exactly Iceland, but today it comes close.
Gunnlaugsson: "People told me that I had to come here, and it was impossible to describe. That certainly turned out to be the case."
For a town with a population of less than one hundred, the Deuce of August festival is a pretty big deal.
Loretta Berhnoft- Organizer: "Many people come home to Mountain, specifically on this weekend."
People like Viola Main, who's up from Georgia to visit her family.
Viola Main: "We made a point of doing it during the 2nd of August."
Viola turns 90 in November, but today she celebrates at the parade with her sash and crown.
Viola Main- Enjoying Festival: "I said woo they're going to think I'm a ditsy old lady with a crown on my head."
The birthday girl is impressed with the prime minister and his advisors.
Main: "Handsome young man I think he's 6'6."
Karen Abrahamson is also impressed. She spoke to the dignitaries in their native tongue.
Karen Abrahamson/Family is from Iceland: (Icelandic talk)
Abrahamson: "I said welcome to Mountain we're glad to have you here."
The Icelanders say they're happy to be here, and plan to come back.
Gunnlaugsson: "You feel a sense of kinship with the people here. The humor is similar, the manner is similar."
Johannes Skulason- Adviser to Prime Minister: "It should be mandatory for every Icelander to come here once."
Abrahamson: "(Icelandic) That means thank you."
The prime minister extends his thanks to North Dakotans.
Gunnlaugsson: "This is turning out to be one of the most enjoyable days of my life. It's been an amazing experience being here."
Festivities continue through Sunday.