Students begin cultures fair preparation

Tsukasa Chiba, a student from Japan serves rice balls to biology professor Kyle Miller Hesed at the Cultures Fair in March of 2018. Photo by Jenna Ratzlaff.

By David Flores 

Each year at Hesston College international students showcase the beauty and the culture of their countries during the annual Cultures Fair. International students are busy planning the 2019 event, which will take place on Monday, Oct. 7 from 7-9 p.m.

Fair visitors come to sample and learn about each country’s cultural cuisine as students prepare signature meals from home. Participants perform dances and songs, describe the characteristics of their countries and the current events that shape them, plus basic demographic info.

Carlota Ponds is the Director of International Students Services and coordinator of this event. She said the Cultures Fair started with a simple request.

“It began with students that wanted food from home,” she said.

Evelyn Worku, a sophomore from Ethiopia is looking forward to the event.

“I like the culture fair because I can learn a lot from different countries and the variety of food is amazing.”

Hermes Flores, a 2019 graduate, says the fair offers a chance to educate others.

“I like the cultures fair because I can teach more about my gorgeous country and I can learn a lot from other countries.”

The cultures fair is open to all students, faculty and staff, as well as the public. 


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