ROCK SPRINGS – Where in Wyoming can you learn to make an origami crane, eat an Italian garlic sausage, wash it down with one of 40 different kinds of beer, dance a polka then finish up your day with Greek pastries and Celtic rock and roll? Only in Rock Springs, a place that more than 56 nationalities call home.
This Saturday, Rock Springs is celebrating its history and diversity with International Day in the shady confines of Bunning Park. International Day got its start in 1926, and happened sporadically until about 14 years ago when the city got serious about the celebration. The day kicks off early with a traditional pancake breakfast dished out by the Kiwanis Club at 8 a.m.
Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dave Hanks explained that the day is popular with families, who bring their lawn chairs and make a day of it at the park.
The entertainment begins at 10 a.m. with Dave Pedri’s EIO Band, and continues with a different act every hour. The music will range from the giant alpine horns of Salzburger Echo to the African rhythm and dance of the Treehouse Shakers; from the Chmielewski Funtime Variety Show to Rio Bravo’s Latin music to Needfire, a Celtic-roots rock band.
And the food at International Day doesn’t end with breakfast. A variety of ethic foods, from sausage to pastries will be available for purchase.
The celebration will last into the evening, with the final act wrapping things up around nine. The event is free and open to everyone. For more information, contact the Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce at 307-362-3771.
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