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World In Potsdam Diversity Festival Returns For An Eighth Year

Each day, we are reminded of how large and diverse the world is,and we usually observe it from the confines of our own homes. But for one day each year, the Village of Potsdam, SUNY Potsdam and ClarksonUniversity bring the many cultures of the world together in our ownbackyard, to allow us to interactively learn about and celebrate all that makes us different and unique.

This year, Potsdam will host the eighth annual "World in Potsdam"Diversity Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22, in downtown Potsdam. Merchants, residents and students from SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University will join together to bring food, music, dance and hands-on crafts and demonstrations to the festival.

The festivities planned for this year will highlight the people andculture of Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the United Kingdom,North America and South America. In addition, the festival will welcome a number of student groups along with professional dancers and musicians. Among the activities planned are:

traditional Scottish music and dance by the Rob Roy Pipers andDancers

a performance by the New Shanghai Circus on the main stage

an African Fashion Show

a special World in Potsdam stamp cancellation

a presentation of Hispanic dancing

chariot rides

children's activities including a Pinata Party, a morning movie, face painting and much more!

The "World in Potsdam" Diversity Festival is co-sponsored by theVillage of Potsdam, SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University. The SweetgrassFoundation and KeyBank are major contributors toward the event.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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