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Soak up some of Huron’s various cultures: Huron’s Community Cultural Fair is this Friday and Saturday

Posted: Monday, Jan 28th, 2013

This is one of the cultural dances featured at the 2012 Huron Community Cultural Fair. FILE PHOTO

HURON — The fourth annual Community Cultural Fair will be held at the Huron Mall on Friday, Feb. 1 and Saturday, Feb. 2.

The event is sponsored by the Huron School District, Huron Chamber and Visitors Bureau and Dakota Provisions.

“The idea for the fair came about when we started to see more cultures moving into Huron and members of the community started asking about our newcomers,” said Cindy Niederbaumer, Director of the English as a Second Language program at the Huron School District.

Artwork and educational displays made by students will be featured all day on Friday, showcased in the Huron Mall.

“We all come from different backgrounds and cultures — it’s what makes us who we are,” said Niederbaumer. “Our goal is to make sure that every student in the district is represented at the fair.”

On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., people can enjoy live entertainment from a variety of different ethnic backgrounds, along with cultural foods, vendors and exhibits.

“The entertainment will include fine arts numbers, singing groups, traditional dances, and some bands that will play,” she said. “We will have two students who will share their stories of how they arrived to the U.S.”

According to Niederbaumer, the students spend a lot of time on their projects and displays, and she has heard good comments from people in previous years.

“Students have written their own autobiography about their traveling here and the hardships or struggles they’ve had,“ she said. “The response from the community has been great; they really like to read the personal stories and see pictures from other places where the students have lived.”

Peggy Woolridge, Executive Director of the Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau has been to the fair every year. This year, the Huron CVB will be having a booth featuring materials about the new recycling program the City of Huron recently unveiled.

“This fair is an opportunity to experience some of the culture and diversity Huron has to offer,” Woolridge said. “There’s lots of food vendors there on Saturday, so it’s also an opportunity to taste a variety of cuisine.”

Woolridge says it’s a great way to get introduced to new people. “I’ve had a fun time getting to know others in the community through this event.”

For the complete article see the 01-27-2013 issue.

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