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International Street Fair celebrates 30th anniversary Saturday

Ohio University and Athens unite for global education and entertainment


More than 30 student organizations and community groups will collaborate Saturday to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Ohio University International Street Fair.

The fair, which runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will kick off with a parade. Participants include the Ohio University African Ensemble, steel drum players and international citizens representing their respective countries with the waving of their flags.

Street fair attendees can visit the vendors lining Court Street to partake in free, interactive cultural activities or to purchase and sample international foods, such as the Ohio University Japanese Student Association's grilled corn.

"It is something a lot of community members and students take pride in," said Amanda Yusko, chair of the International Street Fair and international student advisor for International Student and Faculty Services. "People can try something new, talk to someone from a different country or try different food."

Yusko said the fair serves as a venue for students and community members to interact and educate one another on the more than 100 nations present at Ohio University and in Athens. International student groups, such as the Indian Students Association and the Chinese Cultural Exchange Association, will aid the global lessons.

The intersection of Court and Washington streets will feature a stage with international dance and music performances by University and community organizations.

"It is a favorite event every year, something people look forward to," Yusko said. "It'll be the culmination of 30 years of the fair."