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Letter: Explore your roots at the Diversity Festival

To the Editor:

The annual Red Wing Diversity Festival will be Saturday Sept. 14 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Central Park, Red Wing. For 1he 13th year, the Red Wing Human Rights Commission and the Diversity Committee worked together to bring an exciting and different festival to Red Wing.

This year’s theme is “Exploring Our Roots.” We will be encouraging people to reflect upon where their ancestors were from and the races, religions and cultures that made them who they are. We are all very different but still the same!

At about 12:45 p.m., the Red Wing Human Rights Commission will present the annual Amos Owen Award for superior efforts to promote and protect human rights to an individual from our area. Additionally, there will be a special presenter who will speak briefly about immigration.

The entertainment, food and activities build off this year’s theme, with stage events reflecting Hispanic, European and Native American cultures as well as good old Kentucky bluegrass music. New this year, drawings for prizes held all day long.

A special emphasis is being placed on children and families with children’s activities taking place all day long on the 5th Street side of the park.

We also have a very special main stage act for the entire family, the Teddy Bear Band from the Twin Cities. They will perform at about 2:20 p.m. This band has been a big hit previously in Red Wing.

There will be additional opportunities to learn about family CPR, how to sign up for the Code Red early warning system. We will also welcome back the Red Wing Arts Association who will be having an art show and sale.

There is something for everyone. See you at the festival!

Marilyn Olson

Red Wing