The Idaho International Summerfest kicked off its first full day of events. Today they were in Rigby showing off different aspects of cultures around the world.
Kids from the Rigby area got to experience firsthand the cultural differences from Guatemala, Israel and South Korea as they participated in the youth culture workshop.
“It was a lot fun cuz all the kids could come in and they had a chance to interact with different cultures, especially cuz we’re in such a small community and so they get to see different parts of the world” said Youth Culture Chairperson Jennifer Olson.
The workshops are aimed at giving children an idea of how these cultures interact, eat, dress and of course dance.
This wasn’t just a first time experience for kids; it was also a first for many of the performers.
“We are grateful to Idaho for inviting us, it’s the first time we’re here and we are so glad we’re here, all the people are wonderful, I don’t have words to explain how you are for us” said Guatemalan Melanae Reyes.
“The people here are really wonderful and it’s really a big experience for me to see and feel all this love for us and especially for Israel because it’s not as obvious that people still like us at this time” said Israelite Limor Sholev.
The South Koreans showed off their drums while the Israelites danced and the Guatemalans dressed the audience in their cultural wardrobe.
“Really excited to have all these dancers here from across the world, it’s wonderful to see them come to our small community and bring a part of their culture in” continued Olson.
Tomorrow Summerfest will include a humanitarian service project at Smith Park in Rexburg from 1 to 6 p.m.