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    EVENTS : ARTS: NEWS : TOURISM AND TRAVEL: EVENTS: Folk Festival Showcases Different Cultures Folk Festival Showcases Different Cultures By NATASHA T. METZLER
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      EVENTS :
      ARTS: NEWS :
      TOURISM AND TRAVEL: EVENTS:
      Folk Festival Showcases Different Cultures


      Folk Festival Showcases Different Cultures
      By NATASHA T. METZLER
      Associated Press Writer
      Chicago Tribune
      <http://metromix.chicagotribune.com/news/celebrity/
      sns-ap-folk-festival,0,3287496.story?coll=mmx-celebrity_heds>

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      WASHINGTON -- In spite of days of pouring rain, the National Mall was dry
      and ready Friday for the opening day of the annual Folklife Festival
      sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution.

      For the festival's 40th year, the Smithsonian decided to focus on the
      Canadian province of Alberta, Native American basketry, and music in
      Chicago's Latino culture. Nighttime concerts will showcase music from New
      Orleans' black community.

      Based on previous years, the Smithsonian expects 1 million people to visit
      the fair during its ten-day run, said spokeswoman Becky Haberacker.

      Marvin Lee, a Washington, D.C. resident, said he and his wife Isha came to
      the fair to "teach our daughters about different cultures."

      Festival visitors interested in learning about the United States' neighbor
      to the north can watch a demonstration of how a chuck wagon is prepared
      for a race, or test their hands at throwing a fishing fly. They can also
      wander through an array of booths and stages to learn about the Canadian
      province's traditional crafts, energy industry and environment.


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