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World on the Square returns for 14th year

August 07, 2013
Have you dreamed about touring the different countries in the world and learning different cultures? Well, now you can without spending a penny.

Since 2000, Community Unity has hosted an event known as World on the Square. This year's free family event will be Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. on the Corydon town square.

"We have such rich cultural/ethnic backgrounds in our community that need to be celebrated," Melissa Jackson, this year's event chair, said. "This is a great opportunity to experience and learn about a variety of different cultures."

The festival has been plagued by storms in recent years, but last year it seemed that the festival overcame the bad luck with clear and sunny skies. Jackson is hoping for the same good luck with Mother Nature this year.

Community Unity is a group of volunteers who encourage dignity and respect for all people, work to broaden the understanding among different population groups and seek for peaceful resolution of conflict.

The World on the Square festival allows individuals to celebrate their heritage and educate others about their country's background. It includes ethnic and cultural diversity with music, dancing, costumes, children's games and art.

It also allows a sampling of some international food, which will take place at the Wright Interpretive Center (note: this is a new location from past years). Festival attendees may want to plan to taste the food first, as the samples don't last long.

Jackson said there will be more than 30 exhibits representing different countries and displaying unique items from numerous countries. The booths also will offer some knowledge of the country and its history.

The Harrison County Arts! booth will host an activity where individual artists will work with children in a project titled "Wave Your Flag." The children will choose a flag that represents a country of their choice (flags will be displayed for the children to choose from). The youngsters also can create their own flags by using paints, brushes and poster board and decorating it with colors, and words, as they desire.

"Uncle Sam" will make an appearance to visit and share with the children as they complete their flags, Jackson said.

After each flag is hung to dry, prizes will be awarded, by age groups, for the best flags. The awards will be presented between 7 and 8 p.m.

The entertainment line-up for the festival will be:

3:45 to 3:50 p.m. — Ohio Valley Native American Veteran Warrior Society

3:55 to 4:10 p.m. — David Stewart, Scottish bagpipes

4:15 to 5:10 p.m. — Mariachi Aguilas de Oro

5:15 to 6:10 p.m. — The Rheingold German Band

6:15 to 6:40 p.m. — Tae kwon do demonstration

6:45 to 7:40 p.m. — Louisville Argentine Tango Society

7:45 to 8 p.m. — Louisville Lion Dance Team

Community Unity's 14th annual World on the Square is presented with thanks to The Indiana Arts Commission, Tyson Foods, Harrison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Harrison County Community Foundation and other businesses and residents of the county.

If rain is predicted, the event will be moved indoors at Corydon Central High School.

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