LIMA — Lima Allen County Neighborhoods in Partnership will hold the ninth annual International Expo starting at 1 p.m. Sunday at Lima Senior High School. Those in attendance will be able to learn about a variety of cultures from around the world.
“This is a free family event at Lima Senior,” event organizer Connie Hornung said. “There are a lot of displayers and entertainment and food, some of it free. There are also things they can buy. Usually, we tell people not to bring extra money, but this year, they may want to.”
Hornung and the other organizers found the presenters for Sunday’s event in a variety of places.
“There are about 200 kids from 25 different countries who attend Ohio Northern and two of them are coming to our event, one from Denmark and one from South Korea,” she said. “Apollo has the ESOL program out there, and we have a lady from Russia and a young couple from Ghana who will be with us from that program. Also, we have both of the Chinese teachers from Lima Senior High, so we’ve tapped into some more cultures.”
Hornung is passionate about this event because it allows Lima residents to not only learn about cultures they might not otherwise encounter, but also to interact with people from those nations, forming and renewing international connections.
“This is an important event because there are people here who never get to leave Lima and travel around the world,” she said. “Here, they can visit 15 different countries without leaving Lima. What fun to actually meet people from those countries and not just read about them in a book.”