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Members of the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association say next weekend’s fair promises to have people travel the world in 48 hours. The Multicultural Association hosted a quick demonstration at Intercity Shopping Centre on Saturday.
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Shannon Kasstan(left), 14, Victoria Eckensweiler(centre), 14, and Ericka Villanueva(right), 15, dance at the Intercity Shopping Centre on Saturday. (Jeff Labine, tbnewswatch.com)
Members of the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association say next weekend’s fair promises to have people travel the world in 48 hours.

The Multicultural Association hosted a quick demonstration at Intercity Shopping Centre on Saturday. The two-day event held at the Fort William Gardens is a celebration of the city's culture and diversity, featuring food, entertainment and shopping from around the world.

Jeanetty Jumah, chair of sponsorship and promotion for the Folklore Festival, said there are many activities to do at the folklore festival.

"I think for folklore the greatest thing has to be just the blending of all the different cultures in this community," Jumah said. "We celebrate them with the foods that we bring and of course the imported beers and wines."

Jumah said despite all the different countries and culture the Canadian pride would still be felt. She said Canada leads the way during a flag parade.

"We’re very proud of where we came from but we are also proud to be Canadian," she said.

The festival started in 1973 as a small event and since then the number of people attending has grown. Jumah said they typically have 13,000 people attend the event.

Tickets cost $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, $1 for children four to 11 and children under four are free. Proceeds from the festivities go toward the Canadian Red Cross and Friends of Refugees programs.