North Platte Connect is excited to announce an International Bazaar that will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, July 27 at the Platte River Mall in North Platte.

This is an effort to bring together the diverse cultures represented by individuals living the Lincoln County area and beyond, allowing them to share their culture through food, music, dance and displays.

This family friendly event is free to the public.

The second annual International Bazaar not only allows immigrants to share their culture and how they have adapted to Nebraskan life, but it also allows natives to experience flavors and sounds from their bucket list of destinations here in North Platte.

This is the second year of the bazaar. This year, North Platte Connect is partnering with Mid-Plains United Way and the Wal-Mart Distribution center to host the bazaar.

Individuals and families will be able to sample global cuisine, world music and dance, arts and crafts, cultural displays and a kids’ corner.

Last year, about 800 adults and children attended. About 1,000 are expected this year.

Residents from the following countries are currently signed up to attend this year — Japan, Philippines, South Korea, India, South Africa, Iran, Armenia, Syria, Brazil, El Salvador, Cuba, Mexico and Bahamas.

In addition to the international bazaar last summer, North Platte Connect held a holiday get-together Dec. 29 at the Nebraska Athletic Club.

If you would like to attend and represent your country of origin (or adopted country), please call 308-532-8870 or email unitedway172@gmail.com.