A Celebration of Festivals is this year's cultural theme. All of the participating countries will feature popular festivals of their region at their cultural booth.
The Dayton Chess Club will have chess games, tournaments, demonstrations, and information throughout the weekend. Their activities will be open to the public to watch, and in many cases to play, including some for children.
The VERY popular Beer Passport returns-- Friday evening only. The purchase of the Beer Passport gives entitles you to a 2-oz. sample of beer from each of the twelve participating booths.
We have a DOZEN Featured Entertainment groups this year, including Zabava, a dance group with its ethnic roots in Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, and Byelorussia; a Flamenco dancing group from Columbus; Kabluchko, a Russian performing group from Cincinnati; Kitka Ensemble, a Bulgarian group from Toledo; and Drummers and Dancers from Burundi. The very popular Kenya Safari Acrobats; and Steve Free, Native American storyteller and musician will return this year.
This is in addition to the performing groups of our own DIFI member organizations.
The DIFI Festival Singers will perform on the Lobby stage all three days.
Stories and activities for kids will be offered in the expanded children's area sponsored by Children's Medical Center of Dayton.
The Asian American Council of Dayton will again be presenting a Health Fair at A World A'Fair. Visitors will be offered screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, ADHD, HIV, depression, anxiety; and educational information and workshops on dental care, communicative diseases, hand washing demo for children and more.
Clark State will be the Military Ticket sponsor, providing free admission for active members of the military.
Junior Ambassadors of A World A'Fair, a boy and a girl, will be chosen on the Informal stage Friday at 7:00.
The AMBASSADORS COMPETITION / BALL, will be held March 8. This is open to all youth (male and female) ages 15-21 who are members of the DIFI Youth organization. There will be two main winners. One male and one female. They will be known as Ambassadors of Goodwill.
A World A'Fair Passports
The ever popular Passport program will again be available. Each child visiting the Festival will receive a passport that will be stamped at each booth as he travels the world at this festival. It is great fun and a great learning experience for children of all ages! A drawing will be held for prizes for children collecting Passport stamps.
Advance Ticket Sales
Reduced rate advance tickets will now be available on presale prices through May 18 at all area Kroger stores; Seibenthaler Garden Centers on Far Hills and Beaver Valley Road. The Miami Valley AAA offices and La Llama Place in Yellow Springs, and at the 2nd Street Market in Dayton (La Alpaca Place) will have tickets through Saturday May 17. Advance tickets will be again be available from participating members until the week before the festival.
There will be a naturalization ceremony Saturday at 12:00 noon for persons who will be attaining US citizenship.
Kenya Safari Acrobats
Dayton Chess Club
Drummers from Burundi