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It was a beautiful day to be out enjoying our summer in the Valley, and a great time to celebrate reasons why we call it home. More than 1,000 people came out to Rheault Farm for the German Folk Festival Sunday. People say it was a way to get in touch with their ancestors.

Germans traveled to the United States and picked North Dakota for it's climate, farming and labor work. Fast forward to today and their grand and great grand children are celebrating their heritage with music, dancing, blacksmith work, accordions and of course by eating the traditional food.

"There's so much heritage and history and cultural habits and norms with the foods, and today there's so much history and culture that's rich there." says Paul Leier who was enjoying both the food and the music.

"I think it just brings people back those times when they were younger, and they spent time in Germany, a lot of these people came from Germany and speak fluent German." Program Coordinator Allison Bakke says.

There was much more than just eating to do, folks could even learn German phrases and for those brace enough learn how to Yodel.

"Maybe like a spirit inside of us, something about our culture that calls us to yodel." Kristi LaRae laughs. She has been yodeling since she was 9 years old.

All the festivals no matter which heritage, remind people where they came from.

"It's touching back to your roots, we have to remember we all come from different countries to the united states and it's amazing how we can all get along, we all kind of blend together and it's refreshing and nice to see this tradition going on." Dwayne Schell says.

German Folk Fest happens every year, but it's not the only way people around the Valley celebrate their heritage. You'll also find the Celtic Festival and the Midwest Viking Festival here in Fargo.

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