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International Fest brings people together

8/29/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

MEDINA — A cornucopia of cultures assembled at the annual Medina International Fest Aug. 24 on the Square in Downtown Medina.

The daylong event included for the first time a parade around the square for which children dressed in clothing and costumes to represent their cultural heritage. Some of the children participating in the parade are pictured at top.

Siblings Ashley, 5, Kelsey, 7, and Michael Leyva, 3, of Medina, are shown at right as they dance in the gazebo with Frank the Buffalo, the mascot for Frontier Communications.

Also participating was Medina County Treasurer John Burke, who is shown below as he talks about American Indian lore with some of the festival-goers.

The event also included 14 international food vendors and 70-plus vendors in the International Bazaar for shopping.

— By Kathleen Folkerth

Photos: Dale Dong

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