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UW-Eau Claire's International
Folk Fair to be Held Nov. 7

 MAILED:  Oct. 22, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Davies Center will once again be transformed into a miniature world with many nationalities and groups proudly displaying their cultures at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's International Folk Fair, to be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7.

Folk Fair, which is coordinated by the Center for International Education at UW-Eau Claire, is the largest international festival of its kind in the area. Serving as a cultural exchange between exhibiters and visitors to the fair, it includes educational activities for children, live music, colorful cultural exhibits, dancing, art and craft displays, history, language, culture and a variety of ethnic food.

Fair participants will be given "passports" to be stamped as they "travel" from country to country. For every seven countries visited, guests will receive a ticket for a prize drawing to be held at 4:15 p.m. in Davies Theatre. Prizes are donated by businesses in the Eau Claire community.

Past attendees have called the Folk Fair an enlightening experience, noting both the quality of the exhibits as well as the pleasure of seeing so many people from different cultures working together to make the fair happen.

Polish and Czech accordion music will be played at the Davies Center entrance by the new Corner Store, and Caribbean Calypso music will be featured in the Skylight Lounge. The entertainment stage in Davies Theatre will host a variety of performers, including the Bistra Voda International Folk Dancers, African Choir, West African Drum Society and Native American dance, songs and drums.

Organizations being represented include the Baltic Student Organization, Spanish Club, Chinese Culture Association, German Club, Hmong Students Association, Jewish Students Association, Global English Organization, Le Salon Français, Latin American Studies Club, Manyatta Association, Native American Student Association and many more.

The fair is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Fay Bobb at the Center for International Education, (715) 836-4411 or bobbfa@uwec.edu.

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Updated: October 21, 2004