HISTORY OF THE ELKO EUZKALDUNAK CLUB
An organizational meeting was held in 1959, at the Nevada Dinner House to consider beginning an Elko Basque Club. A list was formed of local Basques and letters were sent stating if they were interested to attend the next meeting. The letter was a success; there was a good turnout. An election was held and Johnnie Aguirre became the first president of the newly formed Elko Euzkaldunak Club. A tradition began with a celebration that brought sheepherders and cattle ranchers into town for a day of celebration. The festival became a two-day event in 1964, now known as the National Basque Festival. The weekend festivities were scheduled around the 4th of July weekend, to celebrate with this great country and to thank them for accepting Basques and their heritage so freely. Traditions are an important part of the Basque heritage and the Elko Euzkaldunak Club is very proud of the National Basque Festival, an honor bestowed upon us by Governor Sawyer in 1964 in conjunction with the State of Nevada Bicentennial celebration. It is a tradition that we have upheld for 50 years and hope to carry it on for many more years to come.
The Elko Euzkaldunak Club has been an important cultural staple in the Elko Community since the late 1960's. We host monthly luncheons between the months of September and May, which serves a wonderful array of authentic Basque food - but don't worry, we always have paella at the ready!
Elko Euzkaldunak is also the HOME of the National Basque Festival which occurs over the Fourth of July weekend each year.
The Mus Tournament is always a big event for the Elko Euzkaldunak Club. We host an annual NABO Mus tournament every year in the month of March, which follows our annual Sheep Herder's Ball. To stay up to date with our latest events, just click on our events page! This year; however, due to covid restrictions, we are hosting our Mus tournament in September (2021). Please check our events page for details.
Elko is also the HOME of the National Basque Festival which occurs over the Fourth of July weekend each year, and is sponsored by the Elko Euzkaldunak club. Come and enjoy a three day celebration of live music, dancing, weightlifting, wood chopping, food, vendors and much more! Contact us for more information.
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