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Health fair added to International Festival


This year's version of a festival to embrace the Northland community's ever-growing diversity is shorter by a day and earlier by nearly two months from the inaugural event.

Plus, a health fair has been thrown in for good measure.

Organizers have settled on Saturday, June 22, for the Northland International Community Festival and Health Fair. It will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in and around the Northland Performing Arts Center, 4411 Tamarack Blvd.

Performers will be on stage from noon to 8 p.m. Vendors, offering food and items with an international flavor, will set up starting at 8:30 a.m. The festival will have an opening ceremony at 11 a.m. A variety of ethnic foods will be for sale.

Free health screenings will be offered throughout the day.

Wedding the health fair and the festival was easy for the latter event's chairwoman this time around, Sandy LaFollette. She's also co-chairwoman of the North Side Health Advisory Committee, which began sponsoring annual health fair and community walking events several years ago.

"The purpose of the festival is to celebrate the diversity that makes up the Northland neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio, and to strengthen the bond between the variety of cultures within our community," according to the event's website.

Aspects of the festival will be in the Northland Performing Arts Center and outside on the surrounding grounds.

Live music, community presentations, theater and dance performances are scheduled.

Those interested in helping as volunteers may contact Judy Cates at 614-754-6733 or

"We have various jobs and positions, depending on your ability and schedule," the website states.

More information about the festival and health fair is available at