Laconia's 12th Annual Multicultural Festival planned for August 3

LACOINIA — The 12th Annual Laconia Multicultural Festival (LMF) is less than a month away. This year the festival experiments with a new date, it is on August 3rd instead of early September.
The festival celebrates diversity in the Lakes Region and takes place in Rotary Riverside Park and downtown Laconia where people from 30 or more nations come to represent their cultures.
The Festival will begin with the popular Parade of International Flags, led this year by Wendy Barrett and accompanied by the martial sounds of the New Horizons Band. The committee is looking for many who wish to carry the flag of their country of birth. To participate in the Parade, contact Wendy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The list of performers in Rotary Park is headlined by the Odaiko Japanese Drummers. They will once more bring their mesmerizing drumming, a favorite over the years of Festival goers.
Highlights include the many ethnic foods, arts, crafts, musical performances, exhibits, animals, children's activities, henna tattoos, dancing, and much more. They represent the many cultures that have come to the Festival over the years, such as: Jewish, Greek, Italian, Chinese, Nepali, Indian, Thai, Laotian, Egyptian, African, Spanish, and Mexican. Food and crafts are available from 10 a.m. to the festival's ceremonial close at 4 p.m.
Food and craft vendors and social service organizations who wish to be represented can get registration forms at the Laconia Multicultural Festival website; or call Mary Jane Hoey, Craft and Food Vendor Chair, at 524-1782, or Kathy James, Social Services Organizations Chair, at 524-1100 x148.
Raffle tickets to support the LMF are available at Sunflower Natural Foods on South Main Street as well as the Historic Belknap Mill. Donations for one raffle ticket are $2 and 3 tickets are $5. Raffle prizes include gift cards from many restaurants as well as 2 tickets to a Meadow Brook concert of choice. In addition to raffle tickets, LMF backpacks/totes with the insignia of the Laconia Multicultural Festival are also available at Sunflower Natural Foods. Backpacks/totes can also be purchased by messaging Becky Guyer on the LMF Facebook page.
A review of the Festival is presented this month on the Granite United Way's Living United in the Lakes Region program on Lakes Region Public Access TV. Guests on the program are Co-Chairs Becky Guyer and Carol Pierce. Check the week-day program schedule on Channel 25 and tune in to find out details of this year's LMF and what Pierce and Guyer have to say about the event.