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FMU to host Pee Dee International Festival, Oct. 5

FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University will play host to the 10th-annual Pee Dee International Festival on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 The purpose of the festival, which is free and open to the public, is to foster a better understanding of the cultures represented in the Pee Dee and increase appreciation for the global community. The event will feature music, dance, food booths, cultural displays and games for children.

This year’s festival will feature Celtic Rhythms, an Irish dance troupe. Celtic Rhythms captures the very essence of Ireland, with a program of authentic music, song and dance, given a contemporary twist to appeal to a wide audience.

Other performances will include music from Chile by the Vincent Santamarie Band, Zydeco music by Caesar, and Indian and Peruvian/Bolivian dances by local performers. All performances are on the outdoor stage between the Smith University Center and the Leatherman Science Facility.

Activities for children will include international games and a petting zoo with camels, llamas, goats and a kangaroo. Roaming performers throughout the day will include magician Ricker M and Accordion Bob.

Food vendors will offer American, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, Colombian, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Polish cuisine, as well as a German beer garden. Cultural display booths representing more than a dozen countries will be set up in the Smith University Center commons area.

 The partners who present the festival are FMU, the Florence Family YMCA, Pee Dee area Chambers of Commerce, and Florence-Darlington Technical College.

 For more information about the festival, call the FMU Community Relations Office at 843-661-1225.


11 a.m. to Noon  Presentation of flags -- Highland Pipes and Drums
Noon to 12:45 p.m. Music from Chile – the Vincent Santamarie Band
1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Irish dance troupe – Celtic Rhythms
2 to 2:45 p.m.  Zydeco music – Caesar
3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Irish dance troupe – Celtic Rhythms
4 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Indian dances – local performers
4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Peruvian/Bolivian dances – local performers

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Last Published: April 14, 2004 12:31 PM
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