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Hinesville gearing up for Small World

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POSTED: March 16, 2009 10:18 a.m.
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Children dance at a recent Small World Festival in downtown Hinesville.

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Given its proximity to Fort Stewart and many seaports, Vicki Davis said cultural diversity is one of the strongest building blocks holding Hinesville together.
“We are the epitome of a multi-cultural community,” she said.
In celebration of the city’s diversity, several local organizations, including Fort Stewart, are coming together to present the Small World Festival.
The festival, which will include an international food court, two live entertainment stages and a parade, is in May, but Davis, director of the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority, said she’s currently accepting applications from businesses, clubs and individuals interested in participating in the event.  
“The festival is a terrific way to celebrate your culture, gain publicity for your organization and appreciate the many different cultures represented in the community,” she said.
There’s a $50 ($25 for early-birds) fee for vendors who want to sell food or arts and crafts as part of the world market exhibit. Participants also can contribute by setting up cultural displays, organizing activities and conducting demonstrations. There is no fee for non-vendors, but an application is still necessary.
Davis said another way to get involved and show support is to join the parade.
“Representatives from all countries are encouraged to participate by wearing authentic costumes, carrying country flags, strolling dancers, wearing T-shirts announcing the country represented or simply joining in the stroll carrying your country’s banner,” Davis said.
For more information or to complete an application online, e-mail discoverdowntown@coastalnow.net.
 

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