FRIENDS, FLAGS, FOOD, FUN…all melded in Faribault Saturday for the 10th annual International Festival Faribault.
Despite a fierce wind that ripped tent poles from the ground and hastened events along under a forecast of stormy weather, nothing could quell the enthusiasm for this gathering.
Smiles abounded. Everywhere.
It was a feel-good family event,
an opportunity to try ethnic foods,
a place to be entertained by skillful dancers,
an educational day,
a mingling of the many cultures that call Faribault home.
I am grateful for festivals like this in my southeastern Minnesota community. When I see the togetherness, especially among the children, I have hope.
Hope that we can see beyond the color of our skin,
beyond the differences in language and dress and food to that which unites us—the fact that we are all people, just people.
FYI: Please check back for more photos from the International Festival Faribault.
© Copyright 2015 Audrey Kletscher Helbling