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Algerian delegation visits Elkader for celebration

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ELKHART (KWWL) -

The town of Elkader is getting ready for a special festival celebrating it's international relationship with Algeria, a country in North Africa with a Muslim-majority. 

The festivities include a big feast, with more than 100 people expected. 

"We have a Halal lamb meal with a tomato sauce, we have some marinated grilled chicken and two different styles of couscous, in a sweet form and a savory form," said Tim Finley of Fennely's Irish Pub, who is helping prepare the meal. 

In 1846, the founders of Elkader decided to name the small town after an Algerian man, Emir Abedelkader. He was a leader who lead his country to fight against French occupation.

The admiration between Algeria and Elkader grew over time. In 1984, Elkader became the sister city to Mascara, a large city in Algeria.

Algerian Deputy Abdelmalek Sahraoui said he hopes the festival will develop the relationship even more, in culture, education, and business. 

The festival takes place at Founders Park in Elkader on Saturday Sept. 29, at 10 a.m. Along with the Algerian meal, there will be guest speakers, and music.

Mayor of Elkader Jason Pope said despite what's going on in the world -- this celebration shows people from different backgrounds and cultures can come together and unite. 

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