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SCC International Festival to be Held October 19 in Somerset

The Somerset Community College (SCC) International Festival, an annual event that introduces attendees to numerous culinary, art, educational and musical experiences from around the globe, will be held Thursday, October 19 in Somerset. The event is free and open to the public.

The SCC International Festival has been held at the college for the past 12 years. This year, activities begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. Each year, numerous SCC students, faculty and staff join with guests and community members to provide a unique cultural experience on campus. One of the most popular aspects of the festival, the opening ceremony and Parade of Nations, will begin outdoors in the center of campus at 9 a.m. (weather permitting). Students attending the event from area schools march through campus with flags from different countries as part of the parade.


In 2017, several new demonstrations, exhibits and experiences will be part of the festival. First, SCC student Magallie Toss-Canella will be telling her story. Toss-Canella is a Deferred Action for Childhoood Arrivals (DACA) student.

Second, students from Somerset High School’s Spanish class will be participating in the festival by hosting craft demonstrations such as mini piñatas, paper flowers, sugar skull coloring, cookie decorating and more. They will also host food tastings, art displays and presentations.

“We are really excited to have more students from both the high school and college level play such key roles in our event,” said SCC Director of Cultural Diversity Elaine Wilson. “I am confident they will add immeasurable value to the day.”

Peacecraft will also be hosting an exhibit, and the SCC Cosmetology program will showcase their international fashion display. In addition, Jim Embry, social activist from Lexington, KY, has just returned from China and will be sharing his experience in a session called "Sustainability Spans Continents: The Global Terre Madre Network." For musical entertainment, Watershed Arts Alliance is partnering with SCC to bring the Big Maracas band, always a crowd favorite, to the event.

A sampling of other special topics for 2017 include:

  • Water in the Philippines
  • Martial arts demonstration from East/West Karate
  • Name writing in Chinese
  • International short films
  • A discussion on Uganda
  • Middle Eastern Dance Ensemble from Berea College
  • Study abroad information
  • Exhibit on Egypt
  • Information on Mexican culture
  • Information on native people
  • Zumba Demonstration
  • An update on the refugee crisis


The SCC Culinary Arts department will provide lunch free of charge for attendees. Featured dishes are inspired from foods in Spain, Poland and Egypt. In addition to lunch, guests will be treated to breads and cookies and coffee from the Pulaski County Homemakers, the Wayne County Homemakers and Baxter’s Coffee.

“For many years, the Wayne County Homemakers have been providing a table full of delicious bread for our attendees and the Pulaski County Homemakers have been bringing cookies. In addition, Baxter’s has generously donated coffee for our event for several years,” said Wilson. “Given that we often have hundreds of students in attendance at this event, making, baking and bringing breads, cookie and coffee is no small feat. We certainly are so appreciative of the way these organizations continuously give back to our event and want to specifically recognize their generosity.”

More Information

The theme for the 2017 International Festival at SCC is “Building Bridges Instead of Fences.” The SCC Somerset North campus, where activities will be held, is located at 808 Monticello Street in Somerset.

A complete event schedule can be found at

To find out more about the event, or to discuss exhibiting items from other countries or cultures, contact SCC Director of Cultural Diversity Elaine Wilson at (606) 451-6915.

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