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Festival of Nations Returns to Campus March 8

    by Emilie Jenson, Public Information Office
    Posted on 2/16/2023

Students, faculty, staff and the community will have the opportunity to see the world without leaving the Iowa Central Campus on Wednesday March 8 during the 34th Annual Festival of Nations.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. and continue through 2 p.m. in the Student Resource Center and will feature this year’s Focus County, Argentina.

Argentina inspired food will be available for tasting; including panqueques dulce du leche and choripan along with a soccer-themed friendly competition to celebrate Argentina’s 2022 World Cup championship.

Displays by Iowa Central’s ESL students will represent countries throughout the world including Mexico, Vietnam, Brazil, and Japan.

A DJ will also play music from a variety of playlists representing countries featured at the event.

The community is invited to attend and welcome to have a table or display at the festival.

“We want this to be an opportunity to share and get to know a variety of cultures,” said Jessica Butterfield Bailey, festival coordinator. “The community is welcome to have displays, we are hoping to have a large representation from around the world through food, presentations, displays and talents.”

This is the 34th year for the Dr. Mary Sula Linney Focus International Series. The series was created by Dr. Linney, a long-time employee, who was a Spanish instructor, department chair, and associate vice-president for the college until 2005. Iowa Central keeps her legacy alive through the annual Focus Country, and in particular, the festival.

For more information about the Festival of Nations or to arrange to have a display, contact Bailey  at or (515)574-1197





Festival of Nations Returns to Campus March 8

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