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 FOREST CITY, Iowa (KTTC) -- Heritage Park is a 91-acre site located just south of Forest City, Iowa. 

It's a place to preserve the past-- especially the Norwegian heritage. It's also a place to educate and entertain. There is going to be a lot of that during the 2nd Annual International Festival.  

Audrey Olmstead and her granddaughter could be found making Norwegian lefse in an 1875 log house. They showed KTTC's Tom Overlie how the potato-based flat bread is rolled out, and then cooked on a hot griddle until browned just right. It's a tradition for many families with Norwegian roots -- a tradition Olmstead wants to pass on.

"If we teach our children and grandchildren, then these symbols of our heritage will stay with us for a long time," Olmstead said.

Olmstead and her side-kicks will be demonstrating lefse-making at the International Festival, and describing the ties it has to other cultures.

"When we eat lefse, that's like tortilla,"  Anne Bakke from the International Festival said. "And then when we eat tortilla, we think it's like a crepe. So we're an international family."

After the crepes, Norwegian lefse, and tortillas, you can burn off the excess calories with a roudy game of Kubb. Kubb is a Viking game, and is a combination of bowling and horseshoes. Back in the day, the Vikings would pillage a town and then play Kubb with their victims' skulls and femurs. Fortunately, the game is more civilized in Forest City. No skulls or femurs are used. 

Several other popular activities and performers return this year. The Nordik Dancers from Decorah. Storytellers from around the world, more dancing, and other ethnic games. The fun goes on for two days straight.

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