June 11, 2018
Writer: Cinthya Rubio
The Idaho Summerfest will hit the streets of Rexburg for its 32 year.
For one week the Rexburg Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating dance, music and art from across the world.
Julie Coray, the Chairman for the festival said the festival began 32 years ago with a group of people from the community wanted to create a dance festival in the area.
According to the Rexburg Chamber of Commerce, “Summerfest is a week-long event that attracts people of diverse cultures from around the world and brings them together through mutual interest in and love for music, dance, culture, and service. It provides and environment where differences in culture and the arts are celebrated and feelings of unity are fostered through shared experiences in education, entertainment, service, and purpose.”
Over the last 31 year Rexburg has hosted more than 300 different performing teams from over 70 different countries.
Coray said this year the countries where performers will be participating from are: Poland, Israel, India, Columbia, Peru, Cameroon, and the United States.
She said Summerfest is one of the top five festivals in the United States.
The event will begin on Monday, July 9 with a street festival at Porter Park. On Tuesday there will be a humanitarian project also located in Porter Park. Wednesday the performers will participate in Rexburg Youth Culture. On Thursday, performers will be performing in Pocatello and on Friday the Rexburg Gala Performance will be held at Madison High School.
The closing ceremonies will take place on Saturday, July 14 at Porter Park.
Coray said she hopes people who participate in these events are able to not only have a good time, but also hopes they realize there are good things happening around them.
“The bigger picture that I hope they come away with is a powerful feeling of ‘wow, there are good things that happen in this world, and I was just part of one of them,’” Coray said. “I hope people come out feeling inspired that they can be a part of making a difference in this world.”
To get more information about the Idaho Summerfest you can visit idahosummerfest.com