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18th-annual International Culture fair toasts New Year's traditions – The Steubenville Herald-Star

Jan 18, 2023
POLKA PRACTICE — Buckeye Local High School Foreign Language Club members practice their polka steps for the International Culture Fair set for Jan. 25 at the high school in Connorville. The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will include displays, food and entertainment representing more than 30 countries. This year’s theme is “In the Midnight Hour” and celebrates New Year’s Eve traditions around the world. Formal attire is suggested in keeping with the theme, and admission is free while tickets are 25 cents each for the food tasting. There will be a 50-50 drawing, too. — Contributed
CONNORVILLE — The Buckeye Local High School Foreign Language Club is highlighting New Year’s traditions at the 18th-annual International Culture Fair scheduled for Jan. 25.
“In the Midnight Hour” is the theme of this year’s fete, which will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets cost 25 cents each for the food-tasting event.
The first portion of the festivities will be held in the school commons area, and students will provide exhibits and dishes from Argentina to Zimbabwe while children’s activities, live music from Jason Garczyk and a 50-50 drawing are also part of the fair.
The second part of the fair will be conducted in the theater at 7 p.m. and will feature an array of Latin, French, Spanish and Italian music plus ballet, tap, salsa, polka and Chinese dragon dances and the Parade of Nations.
Bonnie Soos, who shares co-adviser duties with Savana Granat, said formal attire is recommended in keeping with the holiday theme, and proceeds will benefit the club’s field trips and cultural events.
“The theme is ‘In the Midnight Hour’ and it will recognize New Year’s Eve traditions around the world,” Soos explained. “It is going to be a formal event with lots of glitz and glamour, and we recommend formal attire, if possible.”
About 37 countries will be represented including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Cuba, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Ireland, Scotland, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Serbia, Czech Republic, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, China, Thailand, North Korea, South Korea, Australia and Zimbabwe.
Students typically select the countries and work in small groups while club members also assist with duties such as tickets and refreshments.
Soos said the fair has drawn several hundred attendants in the past with last year’s attracting its largest crowd to date. The event has generally been held around March but was moved this time because of the theme, and Garczyk joins this year as the new accordionist.
The Foreign Language Club includes 112 members, and Soos was thrilled with their efforts at each event.
“I am very proud of our FLC members. Every year they amaze me with their beautiful displays, their delicious food, their talent and their dedication to culture and language,” she said.
“I cannot wait to see what this year’s fair brings. I already have a country list started for the fair in 2024.”
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