Despite the enthusiasm surrounding the World Cup, organizers say this year promises even more entertainment and distraction than usual for those with little interest in soccer. The expanded performance line-up includes a fashion show, video game tournament,
"Last year, we had one stage, and this year we have three separate stages," said event chair Giatou Yang.
Known formally as the Hmong Freedom Celebration and casually as "J4," the McMurray Field festival will be held Friday and Saturday. The entry fee is
By the west side of the
Entries will be accepted until
Eight performers will take part in a singer-songwriter competition from
A separate stage will be geared toward teens. "The youth stage is a little more intimate, and they'll have performances and Q-and-A's with the artists," said CHAT director
Lao Family's stage will feature the Miss Hmong Teen competition, which offers girls ages 14 to 17 the chance to win up to
This is the 34th year of Lao Family's Freedom Celebration. In past years, the festival's food vendors have worked with the city of
The shift to state inspectors has drawn some concern that it will create more roadblocks for the vendors, many of whom are from out of state. Event organizers say they welcome the change.
"It's good education for my community," Giatou Yang said.
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