Blaine World Fest returns Sept. 15 to Town Square Park

World Fest – Blaine’s annual summer-ending celebration – returns to Town Square Park Saturday, Sept. 15.

Rince na Chroi (pronounced Rink-a na Cree) is Gaelic for “dance of the heart.” Performers from the St. Paul-based Rince na Chroi School of Irish Dance demonstrated traditional Irish steps at last year’s Blaine World Fest. Photo by Bill Jones

Rince na Chroi (pronounced Rink-a na Cree) is Gaelic for “dance of the heart.” Performers from the St. Paul-based Rince na Chroi School of Irish Dance demonstrated traditional Irish steps at last year’s Blaine World Fest. Photo by Bill Jones

Last year, more than 1,000 people enjoyed a variety of ethnic dance, music, food and cultural arts offerings in an outdoor setting next to Blaine City Hall.

The fifth annual World Fest is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 15.

Tom Godfrey, Blaine Parks and Recreation Department program director, is the event’s organizer.

Godfrey said World Fest takes place rain or shine and if there’s bad weather, entertainment will move inside Blaine City Hall.

For $5, participants will receive a set of event food coupons, Godfrey said.

The set is limited to use by a single person. Lawn chairs are suggested for seating.

Last year’s Blaine’s World Fest at Town Square Park attracted more than 1,000 attendees. The Dancing Glitters perform an Indian dance during their appearance. The fifth annual World Fest celebration is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15. Photo by Bill Jones

Last year’s Blaine’s World Fest at Town Square Park attracted more than 1,000 attendees. The Dancing Glitters perform an Indian dance during their appearance. The fifth annual World Fest celebration is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15. Photo by Bill Jones

Ethnic food samples will be provided Courtesy of Chili’s, Dosa King, Umbria Pizza, Glockenspiel & Deutschland Meats, Acapulco, China Inn, Dixie Blue BarBQue, HotWokDelivery & J.J. Murphy’s Irish Pub, Blaine.

Earlier this week, Godfrey said the following groups are among those scheduled to perform:

Art of Dance, CAAM Chinese Dance Theatre, Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli- Traditional Mexica Aztec Dance and Drum Group, Appalachian Clog (Performed by QC Dance), LoveWorks Academy Drill & Drum Group, Renee Dance Studio (Latin Dance/Afro Caribbean) and Shamrock School of Irish Dance.

Information booths at this year’s World Fest will include the AFS foreign exchange student program, Chinese Heritage Foundation Friends, Phancy Face Painting, Air Brushing…..plus, Anoka County Health Child and Teen Check-Up Program, Cilongo Foundation, Emma B. Howe Family YMCA Diversity Committee, Hawaii NailSpa, Hmong Folk Art Inc., Rasmussen College Blaine Campus Diversity Committee, Tarkanfi – Start Walking, Guatemalan exhibit and the iAsianlanguage Institute.

Organizers of this year’s Blaine World Fest celebration are once again sponsoring an essay writing contest open to youth between the ages of 10 and 18.

The essay topic is “Why is Diversity Important to Our Community?”

Essays must be submitted by Monday, Sept. 10.

Winners will be contacted by phone by Sept. 13.

Last-minute World Fest essay entries may be submitted by e-mail to tgodfrey@ci.blaine.mn.us. Enter “Diversity Essay” in the subject line when sending.

Essays are separated and judged in three age categories: 10 to 12, 13 to 15 and 16 to 18. Essays must be typed or printed and must include the name, age, address and phone number of the writer. All essays must be original and unpublished, and contain 500 words or less, Godfrey said.

Awards will be presented in each age category. First-place winners will receive a certificate of recognition presented during the World Fest event and a $20 gift card from a local business.

In addition, the three first place-winning essays will be printed in the November/December issue of Blaine CityConnect newsletter and published on the city website. Second-place winners will receive a certificate of recognition and have their essays published on the city website. Third-place winners will receive a certificate of recognition.

For more information about the Blaine World Fest activities, contact Godfrey at 763-717-2723 or visit the city’s website at www.ci.blaine.mn.us.

Tim Hennagir is at tim.hennagir@ecm-inc.com


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