25 Countries were represented by beautiful and creative displays around the downtown Fairfield square They included:

Iran, Bulgaria, Sweden, Mexico, Ethiopia, Luxembourg, Fiji, Puerto Rico, Kyrgyzstan, Hungary, France, USA, India, Netherlands, Guatemala, Israel, Vietnam, Poland, Brazil, South, Korea, China, Greece, Canada, Mixed in America, Italy, Nepal, Ireland

Prizes were awarded to:

India 1st  Prize
Iran 2nd  Prize
Fiji 3rd  Prize
Italy  Honorable Mention
Hungary Honorable Mention
Mexico Honorable Mention
Puerto Rico Honorable Mention

International Baking Contest Results

15 delicious entries using recipes from as many different countries were lovingly and expertly baked by local bakers and brought to the Festival for judging. Chef Curtis Goudy, head baker at HyVee Foods, Eric Rusch of Breadtopia, Inc., and Steve Boss of Great Taste TV carefully tasted, tested and consulted with each other to determine the best of these great treats. They agreed that it was difficult to judge with so many quality pieces, but they only had 4 prizes to distribute (3 from Breadtopia and 1 from HyVee), so they determined the top 4 based on their high quality of appearance and taste. (After judging was done, festival attendees were happy to buy the remaining portions of the tasty baked goods and judge for themselves.)

Prizes were awarded to:
Nada Saleh for her al-Sham (Jordanian) Pita Bread 1st  Prize (1 of 2)
Meredith Siemsen for her Lithuanian Grybai (Mushroom) Cookies 1st  Prize (2 of 2)
Elisabetta Forte Callati for her French Chocolate Caramel Tart 2nd  Prize
Minolli Nayagar for her South African Sunny Carrot Cake 3rd  Prize

Huge thanks to the many talented people who gave so generously of their time to bring us a successful event. They include:

Kaye Jacob — School Program Administrator, Symposium director

Richard Beall — Symposium director, Country Table organizer, University and school
liaison, and Humanities evaluator

Denyce Rusch — Festival Administrator, Marketing Manager, Food Vendor director,
Baking Contest organizer, Grant Administrator

Paul Squillo — Music Director

Rebecca Johnson of the Fairfield Public Library — brought an expert on the use of a computer application, “Transparent Languages” to the festival.
Rebecca and her library friends also took charge of the “Passport” Game for children of all ages who gathered flags of the countries represented in their “passports” and then showed them at her table to receive a prize.

Kate Ross — Grant writer
Weda Boolos — Accountant
Tim Britton and the Sound Staff of the FACC — Sound Engineering
Ellen Roth — Food Vendor organizer

Werner Elmker — official photographer
Paul Delisle — photographer

Plus —

Val Hirschorn, Jeff Fitz-Randolph, Shanaz Kreider, Colleen and Carl Stone, Gay Soupiset, Margarita Buhre, Mayor Ed Malloy, Ann Bosold, Anastasia Kitakis, David Todt, Ron Khare, Joshua Laraby and all those who helped fold chairs and clean up at the end of the concert.

Also, Rustin Lippincott of the FACC, Marla Brader, First Fridays Director, Pam Craff of the Parks and Rec Dept., Dawn Travis at Fairfield City Hall all contributed enormously and made the festival happen.

The International Baking Contest judges Curt Goudy, Steve Boss, and Eric Rusch showed their great taste and community spirit.

Special thanks to all the many people who personally took time to put together beautiful and educational tables representing different countries around the world.

We really appreciate the performers that shared their talents with us:

Foliba — West African Drum Ensemble

Tim Britton on Irish pipes

Fairfield Dancers of India

Aikido Demonstration

Turkana —Turkish folk music from Iowa City

Ann Bosold — Flash Mob Greek Dance in Central Park

Jonas Magram Jazz Quintet

Son Peruchos — Peruvian Indigenous Music

Oktoberfest Polka Band

Skunk River Medicine Show — American Roots Music

Out of the Green — John Williams, Katie Grennan, & Tim Britton

Baraka — Amine Kouider & Friends from Algeria and beyond

Bambu — Latin flair rock/hip hop from Fairfield and NYC

IowaWINs has an electronic library of immigration information that can be accessed by anyone.  We are using Google Drive to store documents, pictures, and videos related to many topics of the immigration debate. 

There are indices in several formats to get a quick overview of the topics covered.

The files include discussions with Senator Grassley and with Senator Ernst’s staff, speeches at rallies, letters to the editor, articles on how to discuss immigration issues, and articles on ICE. 

There is a folder ‘Handouts and other docs’ which contains flyers to share with friends and to hand out at events within your community.

The ‘Videos’ folder includes ‘Genesis of Exodus’ and the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Immigration.

The first file is a HOW TO USE instruction to get more detail on options everyone has to access and distribute this information. To access the library, go to https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1NoULa7-bIvRdIsFzCLidl6sSyEE4y5F_.   (NOTE:  This link ends with an underscore.) There is no login and no fee.

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