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Celebration of culture returns to downtown Turlock

Celebration of culture returns to downtown Turlock

Andy Owen, 8, Avery Owen, 10, and Phoebe Santos, 6, dance around the May Pole on the Scandinavian Block at the 2010 Taste of Turlock.

POSTED May 3, 2011 11:08 p.m.

The streets of downtown Turlock will be filled with the sights, sounds and tastes of cultures from across the globe on Saturday during the annual Taste of Turlock: A Cultural Celebration.

This popular tasting event was transformed last year into a cultural festival. Turlock Downtown Property Owners’ Association Executive Director Trina Walley said the 2010 event drew a crowd of approximately 3,000 people, four times the number of attendees at the 2009 Taste of Turlock. She credited the international theme for the event’s success.

“I think that it’s because people are attracted to not just the food, but the entertainment and the outdoor setting. This year we expect the event to be even better because some of the cultural groups are going above and beyond,” Walley said.

The Assyrian-American Civic Club of Turlock is bringing more music, more dancers and is putting on a fashion show. Several Hispanic businesses came together to host children’s activities, dancing horses, folkloric dancers and appearances by Lucha Libre wrestlers. The Scandinavian block will feature Maypole dancing. Zumba demonstrations and performances by Backstage Dance Company can be found on the Youth, Modern & International area; a tractor and car display on the Agriculture and History block; and the Steppin’ Pards Square Dance Group, Dan Brown One Man Band and the Irish pub sounds of Van Diemen’s Band will rock the American block.

New to this year’s event is the Turlock Heritage Festival King, Queen, Prince and Princess contest. The winners of the city-wide contest will be crowned by Mayor John Lazar at the event’s opening ceremony, scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday on the corner of Center and Main streets.

Taste of Turlock will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday in downtown Turlock. The event is free and open to the public. Tasting tickets are $25 each and can be purchased

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