Pelican Rapids International Friendship Festival

Many Cultures, One Community; Celebrating Unity. June 18-19, 2010, Pelican Rapids, Minnesota. Sponsored by the Pelican Rapids Multi-Cultural Committee and the Pelican Rapids Chamber of Commerce. Taste, listen to and meet the world...without leaving town. Everything is free but the food! As plans are finalized the latest news and schedule of events will be published here.

Logo designed by PRHS Art student Gustavo Dimateo.
T-shirts for sale for $12.00(S-XL) & $14.00(XXL) at the PR Chamber Office.

Friday, June 18, 2010
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Origami and Asian art exhibit at Pelican Rapids Public Library

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Good Neighbor picnic Free hot dogs, chips and lemonade, provided by: Good Samaritan Society- Pelican Rapids, in their parking lot. - Good Samaritan Center

12:00 - 12:30 p.m.  African Drumming performance by Francis Kofi & Cultural Collaborative Students -
E.L. Peterson Park.

1:00 p.m. Naturalization Ceremony  - E.L. Peterson Park  The honorable Judge John Tunheim presiding. (PRHS Fine Arts Auditorium in case of rain)
Musical selections by Oliver family.

2:00-4:00 p.m. - International Kids Crafts - Pelican Rapids Public Library

2:00 p.m.  "Growing up with Mamma" by Rita Hayek- (a program about growing up with her Italian Mom) at Senior Citizen Center (free refreshments)

6:30 p.m. - Walking Tour of Historic Pelican Rapids : "Ghosts of Main Street" (Tour Guide Marguerite Andrews and Chris Schuelke, OTCHS. Tour starts at Scoops Ice Cream and Sweets, 25 1st Ave NE, Pelican Rapids.

Saturday, June 19, 2010
9:00 a.m. - Chalk the Walk Broadway Downtown Sidewalk musicians welcome.

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friends of Pelican Library Used Book Sale in the Book Truck at Trinity Lutheran parking lot.

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Music downtown: Johnny Butten and friends (Laura Hagen, Nita Velo, Renee Fuchs). 

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Faces of Change photo documentary - Sherin Park

11:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Ethnic (American, Bosnian, German, Mexican, Scandinavian, Somali, Vietnamese) Food Booths - E.L. Peterson Park

12:00 noon - Flag raising (Music by Band of Faith) - E.L. Peterson Park  
  Dedication of the Rotary Peace Trail.

12:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Marketplace and World Craft demonstrations - Sherin Park

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Childrens crafts and games from around the world. PiƱatas at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 pm - Sherin Park

1:00 - 4:30 p.m. - World Music and Dance - Sherin Park Shelter

Featuring (in order of appearance): Emcees: Ashley Phan, Yusif Abdi & Esmeralda Mancilla
Johnny Butten and Friends. (Bluegrass)
Francis Kofi and Cultural Collaborative Students (African Drumming performance)
Rhoda Anderson Habedank & Eli Bentley. (Folksongs /New folk)
Somali Folkdancing
Bosnian Folkdancing
Latin music by "Grupo Kalor" (Cumbias)
Check back for additions

Like life, all the above scheduled events are subject to constant changes.