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Street Fest

Photographer: Sonya Paclob

Street Fest

Photographer: Sonya Paclob

Street Fest

Photographer: Sonya Paclob

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International Street Fair sets Court Street abuzz

Ohio University and Athens unite to celebrate fair's 30th anniversary


Sunny weather welcomed the 30th annual Ohio University International Street Fair on Saturday, beckoning Ohio University students, faculty, staff and Athens residents alike for global education and entertainment.

Ohio University recognized the more than 100 cultures present at the institution through a week's worth of festivities that included music, food, crafts and speakers, as part of the 2012 International Week, "Bobcat Tales: Celebrating Ohio's International History."

The week culminated with the street fair, one of celebration's most prized events.

"It really opens your eyes to new experiences and the number of international students at our school," Rachel Trumbull, senior anthropology and Spanish double major, said. "It is one of the biggest, and greatest, opportunities to experience other cultures."

More than 30 student organizations and Athens nonprofit associations filled Court Street with free, interactive and educational activities and food that represented their respective countries.

Ashley Enyeart, president of German Club and junior German and English double major, said that although her group anticipates making a profit with their bratwurst sales, the Street Fair is more about having fun and meeting others who appreciate the German language and culture. Enyeart, along with fellow group members, donned traditional German beer garden dresses.

"I like seeing the compilation of all cultures," Tina Kongkeo, junior industrial engineering major, said. "I end up trying foods closely related to where I'm from (Laos), but I'm trying to move outside of Asia."

The intersection of Court and Washington streets featured a stage with international dance and music performances by University and community organizations, such as the Athens Irish Dancers. With a few nearby tents, attendees cooled off while enjoying the acts.

"Seeing the different cultures represented, and all the different people coming out to support and appreciate them, is encouraging," Trumbull said.