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Call for County Exhibitors for Heritage Festival’s Passport Program

Plans are underway for this year’s 31st Anniversary 2022 Adams County Heritage Festival. It is to be held on Sunday September 18, 2022, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Gettysburg Area Rec Park.

Initiated by the Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice, and now co-sponsored by the YWCA, the festival has grown tremendously over the past three decades. The festival continues to be a joyous celebration of the ethnic diversity and cultural heritage found within Adams County through food, music and the arts.

The festival is looking to expand on the Passport Program.

Did you know that we have citizen neighbors who come from dozens of countries all over the globe: from Austria to Zambia?

The Heritage Festival is looking for Cultural Ambassadors to join us in showcasing the diverse heritage right here in Adams County! Volunteers are needed to participate and asked to set up an exhibit table for their country. Ambassadors need not be foreign born to participate. Many people have had extensive experience serving or working in other countries and are most welcome to share their enthusiasm and knowledge.

Ambassadors are responsible for setting up a “Show and Tell” type display. Some suggestions include a flag, map, artifacts, books, art and craft pieces, clothing, games or other pertinent items that represent a specific culture.

Children receive a Passport booklet which they get stamped for every country booth they visit! They can travel around the world in four hours without leaving home. Their horizons are expanded as they learn a little bit about other places around our globe. Adults, too, find the booths and Ambassadors to be an engaging learning experience! Cultural Ambassadors in the past have found others that speak their language or who have visited their country and new friendships are formed. The Heritage Festival is a unique opportunity to share our diversity and celebrate our humanity right here in Adams County. Applications may be obtained by contacting ipowell@msmary.edu and are due by August 29. They may be scanned and returned via email to ipowell@msmary.edu or mailed to Heritage Festival P.O. Box 3134, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

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