Fort Walton Beach International Festival scheduled for March 20

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The Emerald Coast community is invited to one of the first spring festivals.

The fourth annual International Festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 20 at Fort Walton Landing in downtown Fort Walton Beach.

One of the main aims of the festival is to bring the whole community together in unity – regardless of ethnicity, race or creed – to enjoy a high quality family day.

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David Triana, chairman of festival organizer Conexion Media Group, said the International Festival was originally created to be a family launch event for both the spring season and the festival season itself.

“Our festival is most unique in the wide variety of music, folklore and food from multiple nations, including great All American options,” Triana wrote in an email. “We offer our small, medium and large business sponsors and suppliers, as well as the many participating non-profit organizations, the opportunity to promote their products and services to the most diverse audience at any event in our region.”

In the first two years of the festival, it included representation from over 60 nations in entertainment, food, products and services.

Like previous festivals, this year’s International Festival will be free and open to the public. The event will feature live music and a DJ, food, folklore, art, cultural exhibits, and plenty of space for the kids to have a great time.

People can bring blankets and chairs. The event will feature a variety of entertainment throughout the day, he said.

A group of performers from last year's International Festival pose for a photo.

“The main goal is to promote UNITY in the very multicultural community that is our emerald coast and to help support small and medium local non-profit organizations,” Triana wrote in an email. . “This year, we will donate net proceeds to United for a Good Cause Inc. to support the great work they do on behalf of local youth and their efforts to implement the Hope Squad Teen Suicide Prevention program in as many schools as possible.”

Net proceeds will be donated to United for a Good Cause Inc., a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization whose mission is to “promote the spirit of service, giving, unity, and resilience while instilling hope among young people in our region,” with a minimum donation of $500.

For more information about United for a Good Cause, visit unitedforagoodcause.org.

A vendor at last year's International Festival prepares a pineapple treat for a customer.

The festival is part of a series of events led by Conexión Media Group and its partners that will include the celebration of “International Emerald Coast Week” in the region. For details on the week’s other events, visit www.facebook.com/InternationalFestivalFortWaltonBeach.

Corporate referrals are welcome and there are still vendor spots available. For more information, contact organizer David Triana at 850-368-3505 or via conexionflorida.

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