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The Children’s Day Festival Of Cary

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This year’s Children’s Day Festival comes to Cary Saturday, April 21, with 250 children from 25 groups performing. Hosted by the Sister Cities Association of Cary (SCAC) and the American-Turkish Association of North Carolina (ATA-NC) in conjunction with the Town of Cary, the free event is geared to help children develop an appreciation for the colorful mosaic of cultures in our area.

“Deriving from the rich ethnic and cultural tapestry in our community, we strive to put together an event that focuses on young members of our society and aim to enrich and entertain them,” says Buket Aydemir, Chair of Children’s Day Festival of Cary and member of ATA-NC. “The opportunity of first-hand experience is the best way to develop tolerance and appreciation of different cultures and art forms. The Republic of Turkey is the first country dedicating a national holiday to children and celebrating every year with global participation. As the American-Turkish Association of North Carolina, we are honored to bring this tradition to the Old North State.”

The festival will take place a short drive from almost anywhere in the Triangle at Cary’s Fred G. Bond Park (801 High House Road). There’s ample parking and plenty for families to see and do at the park’s Sertoma Amphitheatre & Kiwanis Shelter. Parking is available at Bond Park Boathouse, Bond Park Community Center and the Ropes Course. Parking on the edge of the street is not advised.

The Cary festival’s international flair and flavor comes from strong cultural connections provided by ATA-NC and SCAC’s sister cities in France, Canada, Taiwan and Ireland.

A sampling includes: Amanecer Latino and Takiri Foclor Latino representing traditions of Spanish-speaking cultures; groups from Ruby Slippers Chinese Dance Club and Formosa Children’s Dance Group representing cultures of China and Taiwan; Indigo Dance Evolution and Krishna Gopika Dance highlighting music and dance forms of India’s subcontinent. Perennial favorite ATA-NC Turkish Youth Folkdance presents traditions of the host organization’s culture.

Adobo Joe’s Filipino specialty, chicken adobo, a slow-simmered dish that is as good as home-made (according to its Facebook). Ty’s has relatable fare for children not ready to explore international flavors, including hamburgers and French fries, fried chicken and barbecue. Also, Kona Ice will be there with “make your own” snow cones.

“The Children’s Day Festival is like a trip around the world for local children and families – without needing a passport or having to spend lots of money,” says Jennifer Hocken, Historical and Cultural Program Specialist in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources with the Town of Cary. “It is also a wonderful opportunity for our youngest citizens – our future leaders – to learn about and appreciate the cultures of people around them. We are pleased to host this event again and welcome all to the Children’s Day Festival at Bond Park.”

The Children’s Day Festival of Cary is made possible in part by the Lazy Daze grant, a program of the Town of Cary. See a list of this year's performers, food vendors, sponsors, activities, and community partners online at kids.ata-nc.org.

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