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International Children's Fall Festival to be held Sept. 22 at Bozeman's Bogert Park

August 13, 2012

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The International Children's Festival, which will offer a variety of free, interactive activities for children ages 3-12, will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 22, under the pavilion in Bozeman's Bogert Park.

The fourth annual International Children's Festival brings international students from Montana State University and internationally-focused community groups together with Bozeman children to interact at approximately 20 interactive stations offering arts and crafts, music, games and a wide variety of activities.

The activities will range from origami to African drumming and twirling around a Maypole. The MSU Engineers Without Borders group will help kids make Kenyan-style soccer balls, and there will be a station with musical instruments from around the world. The morning will end with the smashing of a candy-filled piata.

"Kids can get their names written in eight different scripts, listen to a story in the International Story Corner, try their skills with limbo, or make paper crafts with MSU students from India, Brazil, Bangladesh, Turkey and more," said Debra DeBode, of MSU's Office of International Programs. "This event offers a wonderful chance for the children of Bozeman to actively engage with MSU's international students."

The event, which is free and will be held rain or shine, is co-sponsored by the MSU Office of International Programs and the City of Bozeman. For more information, e-mail international@montana.edu or call MSU's Office of International Programs, 994-4031.

Debra De Bode (406) 994-7180, debode@montana.edu