There are a number of offerings that give visitors to the Radcliff Culture Festival a real taste of diverse cultures – from dance and music to food.
This year’s event – months in the making – will have everything to offer a slice of culture from around the world.
Julie Debibar, a native of Guam and director of Helen’s Flowers, organizes dance and music groups representing diverse cultures of Asian Pacific Islanders and Asians, including Guam, Hawaii and Samoa. This part of the Saturday festival begins around noon.
She said she was grateful that the festival is back this year after being canceled last year due to the pandemic, and that the community will be able to learn more about the city’s different cultures and ethnicities by watching the shows, eating and talking about each other’s stories and backgrounds.
“Radcliff has been such a melting pot for all these different ethnic groups,” she said. “Being introduced to cultures here that some people don’t even know about is amazing.
An international fashion show is also part of the activities scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and was hosted by Julie Ford and Diane Lear. Debibar said that this show will include various combinations of clothing, from formal outfits to casual outfits to end the festival.
Robert Mariano, the mayor of Dangriga, Belize, will also be in attendance after being invited to Radcliff by the city.
For those who want to taste the delicacies of the world, this will also be available for festival-goers.
Throughout the day, “Taste of the World”, hosted by Pete Countryman, will feature several food trucks and vendors offering various meals from countries such as France, Italy, Mexico, Korea, Belize and Germany, as well as American food, as well as a beer tent.
The North Hardin Lions Club also sells hot dogs, bratwurst, and ice cream with The Gathering Bakery selling cotton candy, breakfast burritos, and treats.
The festival, initially held in 2019, will feature a number of activities to showcase diversity at Radcliff, said Toshie Murrell, Radcliff City Council member and festival organizer.
“Our goal is to continue to bring people from across the state community to attend and participate in the festival,” Murrell said.
Taking place on Freedoms Way, the festival schedule begins at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast from the Radcliff Optimist Club and ends at 6 p.m. with the cultural fashion show.
A parade will take place at 10 am with the opening ceremony starting at noon, which will include a “Remembering September 11”, hosted by Jeanette Stephens, which includes readings, dignitaries, members of each military branch, and an address by Senator Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown.