International Festival Sees Over 800 People on Opening Day

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Flags from nations around the world, foods from nearly everywhere, national dress from every corner, and or course music too. That is what the opening day of the International Festival brought to Forest City. Already over 800 people came to witness the first day of the event and came away with food, novelties and in some cases impromptu Scandinavian dance lessons.

Storytelling also thrilled the crowd as they watched tales from other nations told to them in such a way as to make the children feel as if they were actually there. Food vendors supplied ethnic foods that gave everyone a sense of being halfway across the globe in some cases. Yet out of all this, people were able to reach back to their own roots or discover life and its customs in other lands. That was essentially the mission of the festival which closes Sunday at the Heritage Park of North Iowa.

Scandinavian Dancers perform to a full house.

Scandinavian Dancers perform to a full house.

The Polka Band sets up for a concert.

The Polka Band sets up for a concert.

The band prepares for the show.

The band prepares for the show.

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