Published DateLACONIA — The Laconia Multicultural Festival committee is hard at work planning the 12th annual celebration of music, crafts and arts, food, and international culture to be held at a new date, August 3 at the Belknap Mill and downtown Laconia.
The committee is looking for more volunteers to help with the organizing of this exciting festival which draws thousands of people every year.
"We are excited about this year's entertainment," says Becky Guyer, the new chair for this event. The Odaiko Japanese drummers, always a favorite, have committed once again to appear in Rotary Park. Caribbean salsa and African drum rhythms will also be featured on the stages set up in the park.
In addition to the many food and craft vendors, The Children's Corner will be back, featuring exotic animals from the W.I.L.D. Zoo. Local, non-profit organizations are invited to participate by setting up vendor spots so their services are better known to all that come.
Wendy Barrett is organizing the opening parade and ceremonies, and is looking for people to carry the country flags in the parade. Along with Guyer and Barrett, current committee members are: Carol Pierce, Janet Simmons, David Stamps, Bob Harrington, Martha Kruse, Mary Jane Hoey, Kathy James, Umija Gusinac, Jim Rogato, Larry Frates, Leonard Campbell, Arlene & Jim Fortier, Joe Adrignola, Howard Chase, Tracie Ann D'Amico, and Bobbie Thomas.