Thousands expected to attend annual multicultural fair at Hawthorne Park

The 19th annual Greater Medford Multicultural Fair is set from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in Hawthorne Park at Jackson and Hawthorne streets. Admission is free.

Entertainment, food, educational booths and vendors are part of the fair, held every fall to share cultures of the region, said Debra Lee, an organizer, in a news release. About 4,000 people attended last year's event.

Entertainment at this year's fair will include a hula group, Japanese dancers, Swiss alphorn music, Mexican folk dancers, break dancers, a mountain dulcimer player and a BMX biker. Chapter II, a teen band from Ashland, and Siskiyou Violins, a Rogue Valley violin group that performed at Carnegie Hall in New York this year, are also scheduled.

Children can take part in arts and crafts, get their faces painted, jump in a jump house, play games, and watch balloon animal art. LIFE Art, a program in which teens create art as an alternative to gangs, substance abuse, depression and suicide, will be at the fair, and kids will be able to take part in an art project with the group.

The city of Medford will have a fire truck and police car on display at the fair, and La Clinica, a nonprofit community health center group, will have its mobile health center open for tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The fair is organized annually by Friends of the Multicultural Fair, a project of the city of Medford's Multicultural Commission.

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Here's a schedule of events:

  • 10 a.m. — National anthem by Brandon Thoms, welcome by Medford City Council member Chris Corcoran
  • 10:30 a.m. — Whistling Elk Singers
  • 10:45 a.m. — Dave Nourie (bicycle tricks)
  • 11 a.m. — Swiss Alphorns
  • 11:30 a.m. — Sakura Bon Dancers (Japanese dancing)
  • Noon — Dave Nourie (bicycle tricks)
  • 12:15 p.m. — Keiki Hula & Friends
  • 12:45 p.m. — Siskiyou Violins
  • 1:30 p.m. — Wicked Fx (break dancing)
  • 2 p.m. — Douglas Ross (mountain dulcimer)
  • 2:30 p.m. — Ballet Folklórico Ritmo Alegre (Mexican folk dancers)
  • 3 p.m. — Antonio Reyes & Jesus Inzunza (Mexican guitar duo)
  • 3:30 p.m. — Chapter II (this is the teen band formerly known as Random Sound)

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