Community editor and columnist Kris Capps is a longtime resident of Fairbanks and Denali Park. Contact her at kcapps@newsminer.com, in the office at 459-7546 or by cell at 322-6334. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.

Friendship Day

Dances from all over the world are performed at International Friendship Day.

The 33rd annual Fairbanks International Friendship Day takes place from noon-5 p.m. Saturday at Pioneer Park. This free event offers a full day of fun for families, local residents and visitors.

The day is filled with performances from around the world. A popular rap singer returns this year. There will also be a new dancer performing a Thai dance. Veteran groups that have performed in previous years are returning with new performances, including Fairbanks Youth Orchestra, Bollywood dance, Polynesian dance and Journey on the Silk Road. Also, watch for the Filipino, Russian, Chinese, Mid-Eastern and Cuban dancers, along with male and female vocal solos. Additional performers include the all-high-school ballroom dancers, Lathrop Taiko drummers, and more.

Twenty-one booths will provide a window into cultures around the world, including new Korean and Peruvian booths. Exchange students will also host a booth this year.

A popular part of the day is also the extensive menu of international culinary offerings.

Taste your choice of European pastries; Norwegian waffle cookies called Krumkake and potato flatbread called Lefse; pad thai, egg rolls and Thai ice tea from Thailand; chicken adobo and pan-fried rice noodles from the Philippines; and sesame chicken, beef and broccoli and more from China.

Watch for the unique booth featuring shoes and hats from all over the world.

All these cultures work together to showcase the richness of our community.

Reach columnist/community editor Kris Capps at kcapps@newsminer.com. Call her at the office 459-7546. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.

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