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Viking ship replica float in 1999 parade
Viking ship replica, restored in 1999, has been a mainstay of area Icelandic celebrations since 1928. Photo courtesy of the Celebration Committee, July 1999

100th Annual Celebration by Icelanders

Held July 30 through August 2, 1999 in the small town of Mountain, this celebration of Icelandic heritage hosted over 10,000 visitors from the United States, Canada, and Iceland, including the President of Iceland and his daughter. A parade of more than 200 entries, ceremonial gift exchanges, several music concerts, and a Viking encampment were among the attractions. The prize-winning play In the Wake of the Storm, written by a local woman about the early settlement of the area by Icelandic immigrants, was performed four times to full houses. The centennial is documented on videotape and in text and photographs.

Originally submitted by: Byron Dorgan, Senator.



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