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The day ends with a luau and hula and fire dancers. “Expect Polynesian drums playing strong, fast beats, and fire dancers twirling and throwing flames into the air,” said Festival Chair Margo Swanson.
The family activities area will include Taekwondo board-breaking, henna hands, origami and other activities. The festival also includes an art exhibit, ethnic food vendors and cultural displays.
At the end of the day, anyone still itching to travel can enter the raffle for a variety of prizes, including a free round-trip airline ticket to anywhere in the United States.
Festival volunteer Julie Dorshak said about 4,000 people attend the event annually, many in traditional dress.
“Burnsville is certainly growing, particularly among our many varied ethnicities,” said Swanson. The event “allows us to know each other better, which certainly makes for a stronger community.”
Liz Rolfsmeier is a Twin Cities freelance writer.