For five decades, the Basque communities of Nevada and neighboring states have been celebrating their heritage during Elko’s annual National Basque Festival. This year, the North American Basque Organization and the Elko Basque Club collaborate to celebrate Basque culture.
The festival kicks off with traditional Basque customs, such as strongman competitions, log-sawing competitions, handball, and traditional Basque games. Dancing holds a prominent place in the festival, as dancers are known for their unique dress and style. The festival also provides opportunities for children to learn about traditional musical instruments.
The three-day anniversary event includes a parade, picnic, and a Saturday night dance in the Basque clubhouse.
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