By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Daily Leader
Once again, citizens of Liberal will be celebrating their multi-cultural diversity with the fifth-annual International Fair, which will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Seward County Activity Center. People from other nations will not be flying in to educate the community regarding new and exciting cultures, those participating will be coming from across the street, the other end of town and adjoining counties.
“This is our fifth International Fair,” organizer Karen LaFreniere said. “A lot of it is put on by students at the high school. They have booths that talk about different cultures. Different people from different backgrounds participate in this every year. We have people from the Vietnamese community, the German community, the Hispanic community – just a lot of different cultures and a lot of different nations will be represented at the International Fair and you learn a little bit about them.”
Entertainment from various cultures will also be presented at the International Fair, LaFreniere said. Local foreign exchange students will also showcase what it has been like to spend “A Year In America.”
“There is entertainment such as the Vietnamese Dragon Dancers, the Matachines Dancers, the LHS Dance Team will be performing, as well as the Redskin Singers,” she said. “Exchange students from Brazil, China and Germany will be doing a presentation titled, ‘A Year In America,’ and will have a booth.”
As a general rule, LaFreniere said, the International Fair is a free event. She encourages Liberal residents as well as those in surrounding communities to spend the day learning about cultures that may very well be celebrated in their very own neighborhood.
“Most of the people participating live in Liberal, we do have a group from Sublette and Guymon has some people that come,” she said. “The whole thing is free. I think we are going to have one booth that is doing a fundraiser and will be selling food, but for the most part, everything is free there.
“It is just fun to walk through and learn a little bit about the different cultures and people who are in our very own community that we may not know about,” she concluded.
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