MEDINA — Visitors to Medina’s fifth International Festival on Public Square on Saturday will have a chance to travel the world without leaving home.
That’s because this year’s festival, which will run 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., will be much more interactive, said Matt Wiederhold, executive director of Main Street Medina, the non-profit that planning the event.
“We’re making a few changes to really engage the crowd, including moving the stage adjacent to the Square, adding more chairs for the crowd to watch the performers, and adding dance instructions and demonstrations,” Wiederhold said.
For example, instead just having sit-down crafts, children will have a chance to learn some martial arts techniques or a little Chinese.
Romp N’Stomp will provide a 52-foot inflatable obstacle course.
For the first time, the “Children’s Parade of Nations” around the Square will feature costume judging with prizes awarded for categories such as “most authentic” and “most colorful.”
Children are encouraged to dress in clothing and costumes that represent their cultural heritage, and gather on the southwest corner of the Square (across from FirstMerit Bank; corner of Court and Washington streets) at 2 p.m. The parade will begin at 2:15 p.m. No pre-registration is necessary.
A new vendor this year will be an importer of handmade shawls and scarves from Turkey. The newcomer will be among more than 70 vendors at the International Emporium, who will be diverse products, including fair trade art and coffee, Polish pottery, imported hand-made saris from India, textiles, fabric bags and jewelry from Colombia and India.
As for the food, Thyme2 will provide French food this year, something not seen at earlier festivals, Wiederhold said. Other vendors will sell a variety of ethnic food.
The weather is expected to cooperate, with sunny skies and a high near 78, according to the National Weather Service forecast.
Another new attraction during the International Festival will be a preview of Hinckley Township resident Mark Klaus’ “Holly’wood Christmas Movieland” at the former Medina Methodist Church building. The event will feature a gift shop and displays.
Also, the “What’s the Buzz” public art project organized by Medina Schools will have four painted polyurethane bees on display.
Sponsors of the festival are Medina Hospital, with support from Armstrong, Bath Planet of Northwest Ohio, the city of Medina, Endodontics & Periradicular Surgery, Family Video, Medina Sunrise Rotary, Renewal by Andersen, Sandridge Food Corporation, The Gazette, Trails of Montville and Liverpool Fields Apartments, FirstMerit Bank, Frontier Communications, the J.M Smucker Company, World Truck Inc. and Northeast Ohio Media Group.
Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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