26th Annual International Festival

Evan Plumley
Staff Writer

Students from from local colleges and universities  had the chance to witness the distant world in their “backyard.” On Oct. 5, Spartanburg held its 26th annual International Festival at Barnet Park.

Crowds packed the festival for a day of food, music, and cultural excitement. The Festival was created to celebrate all of the multicultural influences on the area. Over 100  different countries were represented at the festival, giving people a glimpse of values and a way of life that would otherwise not be seen. Art, clothing, and items found in a wide range of the countries were displayed , including a gypsy market . The festival even hosted a dance performance with different dance styles from Bangladesh to the Ukraine.

Event goers had the opportunity to sample an immense variety of foods. The French and Brazilian food were extremely popular. Nearly everyone walked around with free samples and the smell alone whet the appetite of crowd. The admission fee was nonexistent. It was a hot day with a grand turnout. Events like this bring downtown Spartanburg to life.

Spartanburg hosts many different events downtown besides the International Festival. ”A Dickens of a Christmas” is the next big event coming to downtown. For more information visit downtownspartanburg.org or cityofspartanburg.org.