June 9, 2016

Global Fair: No passport needed!

Written by  Linda Moffett
The booth about Wales had fun facts about the country, delicious candies and welsh tea cakes, and a display of artifacts at EMM's 2015 Global Fair at the Hans Herr House in Willow Street, Pa. From left to right: Alan, Brenin, Cerys, and Carol Wert, EMM workers in Wales, greet fair visitors. The booth about Wales had fun facts about the country, delicious candies and welsh tea cakes, and a display of artifacts at EMM's 2015 Global Fair at the Hans Herr House in Willow Street, Pa. From left to right: Alan, Brenin, Cerys, and Carol Wert, EMM workers in Wales, greet fair visitors. Photo credit: Tammy Evans.

Salunga, Pa. -- Haven’t renewed your passport? On a tight budget? Is the idea of foreign travel daunting with young children?

No worries. International cultures, exotic foods, and foreign languages are only a short car drive away if you live in Central Pennsylvania.

Global Fair, Eastern Mennonite Missions’ festival of cultures showcasing God’s work around the world, is July 9, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hans Herr House in Willow Street, Pa. In addition to more than 15 countries represented at the fair, attendees will be able to experience colonial history and Native American culture on the grounds.

Friendly alpacas, the opportunity to sponsor a child attending an African preschool located in a remote village, and storytellers from faraway lands are at the fair! Fairgoers can purchase food from countries like Uzbekistan, Laos, Nepal, Mexico, or a good, old-fashioned scoop of ice cream from America.

Current and former Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) workers from places like Guinea-Bissau, Tanzania, Kenya, South Asia, the Middle East, France, Chile, and Cambodia will be there to talk with fairgoers and share their stories of God at work.

The littlest guests can enjoy special children’s crafts and play stations, including a water station where they can cool down. There are also plans for a scavenger hunt and stations where children can color, blow bubbles, get a temporary tattoo, and learn some Spanish vocabulary.

“Global Fair is always a highlight of the year, both for EMM and for the community,” said Jessica Fellenger, events coordinator at EMM. “It’s such a unique opportunity to learn about the world. I love seeing adults and children engaging with our workers and learning about different cultures and people groups.”

Parking is free; there is a suggested donation of a dollar per person. For more information, click here or contact Jessica Fellenger.