The Deuce of August
On August 2nd, 1874, a new constitution was introduced for Iceland’s Independence and was known as “The Day of the Icelanders.” Icelanders from all over the United States, Canada and Iceland gather in Mountain N.D. to celebrate the Annual Icelandic Celebration.
This event is the oldest ethnic festival in North Dakota and the largest ethnic event in the United States.
Mountain was founded in 1884. The population, according to the 2010 census, was 92. Mountain attracts thousands of people to The Deuce of August, a fun-filled weekend with events for young and old with a variety of interests. The event provides an opportunity for visitors to celebrate their Icelandic heritage and to share cultural roots with family, friends, and visitors.
Information from The Deuce of August website and census numbers
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Grand Marshalls at the Mountain Parade: Honouring all WWII Veterans
S. Rose Gudmundson and her brother, Edward A Gudmundson, both children of Chris and Stina Gudmundson, Mountain, were chosen by the Icelandic Communities Association as Grand Marshals for the parade celebrating the 113th Annual August the Deuce. Eddie Gudmundson celebrated his 95th birthday in June, and Rose turned 90 years young in July. Both currently reside in Fargo, North Dakota.
Rose joined the Navy in July 1943, served as a Storekeeper 3rd Class, and was separated in February 1946. Ed joined the Navy in January1942 and served as a Pharmacist’s Mate 1st Class, separating in September 1945.
Honorary Grand Marshall was Private Steingrimur Steinolfson, the first Pembina County soldier to be killed in action in WWII. He was born in Thingvalla Township on October 6, 1914, and was inducted December 28, 1941. He served in the 25th Infantry Division in the South Pacific and was killed on New Guinea on December 6, 1942. He is buried in the Mountain Cemetery.
All veterans of World War II were invited to participate in the Mountain Parade and provided with an open trailer with fixed seating for the parade.