North Dakota town of Mountain holding annual Icelandic festival; Iceland officials expected

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MOUNTAIN, North Dakota — The small northeastern North Dakota town of Mountain is holding its annual Icelandic heritage celebration this weekend.

The 115th Deuce of August festival is expected to attract a few thousand visitors. Guests are to include Iceland's minister for foreign affairs, consul general and ambassador to the U.S.

Activities include a parade, dances, fireworks, a car show, a fish fry, an art show and a tractor pull.

The event focuses on the area's Icelandic history and culture. It commemorates the day in 1874 when a new constitution was introduced for Iceland's independence from Denmark. Organizers say it's the oldest ethnic festival in North Dakota.

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