Get Involved!

The Fair is a unique opportunity to explore and learn about the cultures, the family histories and the civic activities that all come together to make our community so wonderful. Take your time as you go through the Fair, talk with everyone, explore everything. The Fair is about sharing and learning. For example, ask about favorite hobbies or sports. Ask about favorite foods. Ask what they notice as similar and different between cultures. Ask about favorite family stories or stories of their culture. Ask about their holidays and celebrations. Decide to approach people and things that are different from you and learn about them. The Fair embraces the richness of diversity in our community and we ask you to do so as well with respect for each other, and joy in having a time to do this. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing as you will be exploring and maybe dancing a bit to the entertainment.

Exhibit at the Fair

So, you have something to share! Exhibitors in the past have included:
  • displays of their native lands, customs, traditions, celebrations, community projects. These include videos, photos, objects, clothing
  • activities such as henna tattooing, weaving, puzzles and games
  • products to share/sell related to your culture
  • stories about their customs and traditions

Exhibitor Perspective:

Fairgoers enjoy talking with you and learning about your culture, traditions, religious beliefs. Be ready to have conversations. Respect and curiosity are key values to bring and support. As you share your culture, social and religious beliefs, please keep in mind that this is for sharing not for persuading or recruiting.

Entertain at the Fair

So, you have something to show! Entertainers at past fairs have included:
  • Puppet theater in the Children’s Area
  • Musical performance
  • Dance demonstrations
  • Theatrical performances
  • Martial arts demonstrations

Entertainer Perspective:

Fairgoers enjoy being your audience and being entertained by your music, dance and other performances. Families enjoy trying out what you are doing Be ready to invite them up on stage to try out your dances, music, singing, puppetry, etc. As you share your culture and practices, please keep in mind that this is for entertaining not for persuading or recruiting.

Volunteer At the Fair

Help on the organizing committee. Volunteer to help on the day of the event.

Provide Food at the Fair

The Food Court is the hub of the Fair where folks gather to sample and share food together. A shared meal is a core part of community in many cultures and we experience that community at the Fair’s Food Court. The more diversity of foods the better! Food vendors can be professionals with restaurants and catering services and “home grown” with their specialties. Foods include appetizers, main dishes, desserts, beverages and other items
Comments from our Food Vendors about what they enjoyed about our fair
  • “Sharing what we love to make and seeing and talking to so many people.”
  • “Friendly environment as always. Love the crew for setup and take down.”
  • “The diversity of the food vendors and how people were open to trying different types of foods.”

Food Vendor Perspective:

Fairgoers enjoy talking with you about the foods you prepared and their connection to your culture. Be ready to serve your delicacies and talk about them. Respect and curiosity are key values to bring and support. The food court is a little community and what you bring, both with your foods and your presence, help create that sense of community.

Educate at the Fair

So, you have something to teach! Past presentations have included:
  • Travels around the world
  • Traditions of Specific Cultures, Religions, & Counties
  • Cooking items from around the world

Educator Perspective:

Fairgoers enjoy learning about others, their customs and adventures. They especially like any take home messages, activities or handouts. Respect and curiosity are key values with this as the classroom creates a safe place to be curious, ask, listen and learn. As you share your culture, social and religious beliefs, please keep in mind that this is for sharing and learning not for persuading or recruiting. Present your stories about your travels, cultural traditions in your family or cultures you learned about in your travels. Tell us about foods and clothing and dance and any other aspects of your cultural heritage or of cultures which you experienced in your travels. Use videos, photos and bring items to share as a ‘show and tell.’ We may ask you if it is ok to record your talk so that we can share it with others through our website.