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Y’s World Fair teaches about various cultures

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The Youth Enrichment YMCA is hosting its 8th Annual World Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jan. 28 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant Street, Noblesville.

The event is free to the public and allows kids and adults to travel the globe and learn about more than 20 different countries.

Families will be amazed at some of the new activities that have been planned for this year’s event, which include dancers performing the flamenco in Spain, delicious samples of edamame (soft and edible soybeans) from Japan, and the chance to create your own Brazilian carnival mask.

“The Y strives to be welcoming and inclusive to everyone,” said Heather Perkins, executive director, Youth Enrichment YMCA. “We feel that providing young people with the opportunity to be exposed to various people and cultures early in life will only benefit them as adults.”

Each year, the event draws nearly 1,400 attendees and kids from four local school districts (Metropolitan School District of Washington Township, Hamilton Southeastern, Sheridan, and the Geist Montessori School) host the fair. Each person gains a different perspective from this experience.

Morgan Casey, a third grader at Fishers Elementary School, said the coolest thing she’s learned from researching her country was about the mythology gods and the games the kids play. “Their food is really cool, too!” added Morgan.

The Youth Enrichment YMCA provides before and after school care for nearly 10,000 students at 28 school districts across Greater Indianapolis.

For more information about the YMCA’s World Fair, contact Brian Shelley at (317) 577-2070.


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