Through the collaborative efforts of The City of Akron, United Way of Summit County, ASIA, Inc, Akron International Friendship, and the International Institute of Akron, the first Global Village Festival was held at Lock 3 in downtown Akron, Ohio on Saturday, September 8, 2012. The wet sidewalks in the picture above show that it was rainy and cold before the festival got started. But then people started showing up, the sun came out and warmed the air.
A color guard made up of Garfield High School Junior Navy ROTC students presented the flag and stood at attention as the Star Spangled Banner was performed. In the photo above the color guard was practicing before the opening of the festival.
There were about two dozen booths at the Global Village Festival selling and representing artisan and cultural merchandise, ethnic foods, and cultural arts demonstrations.
Selected activities of BCAA members are chronicled in this blog by Terry Kuhn.