A first for International Festival Day

Earlier date for fest goes over well
By Stina Sieg | Jul 21, 2012
Photo by: Stina Sieg Local belly dance troupe Raqs Shuraka performed several new-age and old-school routines for a crowd that braved both the hot sun and spitting rain at International Festival Day.

The Haywood County Arts Council's International Festival Day was held Saturday — a week earlier than normal. Though the date was a change from tradition, it seems that many got the memo, as Waynesville's Main Street was chock a block with spectators, vendors and dancers. The festival blended local and international bands, crafts, performers and food, and included a global-themed children's area, too. The day also offered a free glimpse into Folkmoot USA, which continues through July 29 at locations across Haywood County and much of Western North Carolina.