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About the BG International Festival
The Last Saturday in September each year, beautiful Circus Square Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky becomes an International Paradise of nationalities coming together to proudly share their unique cultures. The festival is a traditional celebration that honors the heritage and diversity among our residents through music, dance, demonstrations, authentic foreign foods, edu-tainment activities, cultural displays and an international bazaar.

Location | Admission | Organization | Funding | Mission
How You Can Help | History | Past Festivals

Location
Rain or shine in Circus Square Park, 601 State Street in downtown Bowling Green, Ky. Information booth opens 7:30 a.m.; Vending begins 9 a.m.; Opening/Awards Ceremony 9:30 a.m.; Performances begin 10:00 a.m. Festival closes 6 p.m.

Contact information (no physical office): About Us, PO Box 50996 Bowling Green, Ky. 42102 or (270) 904-6339.

Admission
Admission $4. 12 & under admitted for free. Buy a festival Restaurant Discount Card or use our online coupon to get 2 admitted for $5.
Organization
The festival is organized and operated by a nonprofit 501(c)3 called Bowling Green International Festival, Inc. It is not directly affiliated with any other organization though we partner and network with many for profit and not for profit organizations as well as community members and students to produce the event.
Funding
Funding to produce the festival is raised through sponsorship donations, a small admission fee and sale of tshirts, Restaurant Discount Cards and beer during the event. All proceeds are used to produce and enhance future festivals (ie. cover insurance, park rental & fees, artist stipends, equipment for stages & site, subcontractor's fees, publicity and supplies.)
Mission

The Bowling Green International Festival, Inc.'s mission is:

  • To celebrate ethnic and cultural diversity in the region and around the world.
  • To educate area residents about the value of the international cultures.
  • To promote appreciation of the various international cultures and people within our own community.
  • To empower international residents to fully participate in the life of the community.
How You Can Help
Community members, organizations and businesses can help: create and host a booth, donate/sponsor, volunteer at the festival or in preparations, help promote the festival in your own way.
History of Bowling Green International Festival
The International Festival grew out the 1986 Ethnic Folk Festival, sponsored by the Bowling Green Human Rights Commission and Bowling Green/ Warren County NAACP and the 1988 JapanFest, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.

In 1989, the Bowling Green Human Rights Commission and the Chamber of Commerce joined forces to produce Bowling Green's first International Festival in Fountain Square Park.

The first three festivals were held on Memorial Day, but in 1994, it was moved to the fall to facilitate the participation of students and educators from Western Kentucky University and other schools in the community. It is now held the last Saturday each September. Often afflilated events take place throughout September.

In 1994 the Bowling Green International Festival, Inc. was established as a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization to ensure the continuation of the festival. The festival Board employs an Executive Director to orchestrate the planning of all aspects of the festival through the coordination of community organizations and volunteers.

The festival has dramatically increased the number and variety of performances it offers and attendance has grown to more than 15,000 making it one of the regions premier events.

In 2003 and 2007 the festival was honored as one of Kentucky Tourism's "Top Ten" events.

In 2004, in addition to traditional performances, the festival began showcasing artists representing new genres created by the mixing of cultures such as the Afro-Cuban/Hip-Hop/Latin/Punk sounds of Mandorico.

In 2008 the Bowling Green International Festival moved one block away to the newly created Circus Square Park. The park features and interactive fountain.

Past Executive Directors:

  • 2001-present Kim Mason
  • 1997-2000 Mark Black
  • 1995-1996 Marj Buck
  • 1994 Teresa Christmas
Past Festivals: [Visit our Gallery section for photos & video from past festivals.]

2013 | 2012 | | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 1997 | 1996


2013 Bowling Green International Festival
  September 28, 2013 at Circus Square Park
Theme: Games Around The World [shirt design by Rachel Clark]

Events & Performances | Sponsors | Promotional Materials | Volunteers
PDFs: Park Map | Site Map | Vendor Placements |
  Organizers: Executive Director: Kim Mason
Board of Directors: Dr. Angela Jones (President/Information Manager), Kimberly Nessler (Vice-President/Booth Inspection), Charles Borders (Treasurer/Site Manager), Leyda Becker (Secretary) Franne Jennings (Volunteer Coordinator), Dr. Molly Kerby (Beer Booth), Kimberly Nesser
Community Planners: Ronnie Jaggers (Pinatas), Susan Morris (Children's Activities), Jean Arnold (Volunteers), Amy Milliken (Poster Contest), Joe Jackson (Asst. Site Manager), Franne Jennings (Site/Volunteers), Emma Thomas (Site/Volunteers)

2012 Bowling Green International Festival
  September 29, 2012 at Circus Square Park
Theme: Access The World [shirt design by Jessica Harp]

Events & Performances | Sponsors | Promotional Materials | Volunteers
PDFs: Park Map | Site Map | Vendor Placements |
  Organizers: Executive Director: Kim Mason
Board of Directors: Dr. Angela Jones (President/Information Manager), Kimberly Nessler (Vice-President/Booth Inspection), Charles Borders (Treasurer/Site Manager), Leyda Becker (Secretary) Franne Jennings (Passports), Dr. Molly Kerby (Beer Booth), Kimberly Nesser (Vendor Inspection)
Community Planners: Ronnie Jaggers (Pinatas), Susan Morris (Children's Activities), Jean Arnold (Volunteers), Amy Milliken (Poster Contest), Joe Jackson (Asst. Site Manager), Franne Jennings (Passports), Emma Thomas (Passports)
 

2011 Bowling Green International Festival

September 24, 2011 at Circus Square Park
Theme: People Helping People [shirt design by Stephen Gray]

Events & Performances | Sponsors | Promotional Materials | Volunteers
PDFs: Park Map | Site Map | Vendor Placements |

Organizers: Executive Director: Kim Mason
Board of Directors: Dr. Angela Jones (President/Information Manager), Kimberly Nessler (Vice-President/Booth Inspection), Charles Borders (Treasurer/Site Manager), Leyda Becker (Secretary) Franne Jennings (Passports), Dr. Molly Kerby (Beer Booth), Kimberly Nesser (Vendor Inspection), Bridget Black-Sexton (Sponsors/Merchandise)
Community Planners: Ronnie Jaggers (Pinatas), Susan Morris (Children's Activities), Jean Arnold (Volunteers), Amy Milliken (Poster Contest), Joe Jackson (Asst. Site Manager), Franne Jennings (Site/Volunteers), Emma Thomas (Site/Volunteers)

2010 Bowling Green International Festival

September 25, 2010 at Circus Square Park
Theme: A World of Traditions [shirt design by Shane Warren]

Events & Performances | Sponsors | Volunteers
PDFs: Promotional Materials | Vendors
Organizers: Executive Director: Kim Mason
Board of Directors: Martha Deputy (President), Dr. Linda Pickle (Vice-President/Volunteer Coordinator), Dr. Angela Jones (Secretary/Information Manager), Alan Palmer (Treasurer), Charles Borders (Site Manager), Victoria Thompson (Booth Inspection), Beth Murphy, Dr. Molly Kerby (Beer Booth)
Community Planners: Ronnie Jaggers (Pinatas), Susan Morris (Children's Activities), Jean Arnold (Hospitality), Amy Milliken (Poster Contest), Matthew Mason (Asst. Site Manager) Joe Jackson, Franne Jennings (Passports/USA), Emma Thomas (Passports/USA)

2009 Bowling Green International Festival
September 26, 2009 at Circus Square Park
Theme: One World, Many Faces [shirt design by Matthew Tullis & Tressa Tullis]

Events & Performances | Sponsors | Related Events | Vendors
PDFs: Promotional Materials | Volunteers
Organizers: Executive Director: Kim Mason
Board of Directors: Martha Deputy (President), Mark Bitterling (Vice-President/Volunteer Coordinator), Dr. Angela Jones (Secretary/Information Manager), Alan Palmer (Treasurer), Dr. Linda Pickle, Dr. Larry Cailluoet (Site Manager), Linda Rowland (Sponsorships)
Community Planners: Ronnie Jaggers (Pinatas), Susan Morris (Children's Activities), Jean Arnold (Hospitality), Amy Milliken (Poster Contest), Joe Jackson, Delphine Burton (Merchandise)

2008 Bowling Green International Festival
September 27, 2008 at Circus Square Park
Theme: Love in Any Language [shirt design by Stacy Irvin]

Events & Performances | Sponsors | Related Events | Vendors
PDFs: Newspaper | Gallery Walk Table Tent | Rack card a - b | Park Diagram | Poster | Cords | Site Map jpg pdf | Table Tent
Organizers: Executive Director: Kim Mason
Board of Directors: Martha Deputy (President), Dr. Larry Cailluoet (Vice-President/Site Manager), Dr. Angela Jones (Secretary/Information Manager), Alan Palmer (Treasurer), Dr. Linda Pickle (Volunteer Coordinator), Hannah Lawrence (Volunteer Coordinator), Linda Rowland (Sponsorships), Mark Bitterling, India Hooks
Community Planners: Ronnie Jaggers (Pinatas), Susan Morris (Children's Activities), Jean Arnold (Hospitality), Amy Milliken (Poster Contest), Joe Jackson, Delphine Burton (Merchandise), Andee Rudloff (Gallery Walk)

2007 Bowling Green International Festival
September 25, 2007 at Fountain Square Park
Theme: Legends [shirt design by Andee Rudloff].
Festival named "Top 10" Event by Kentucky Tourism
.
Sponsors | Performances | Related Events | Committees | Top Ten Award
PDFs: Poster | Rack Card | Table Tent | Newspaper | Site Map | Sponsors Levels
Organizers: Executive Director: Kim Mason
Board of Directors: India Hooks (President), Dr. Larry Cailluoet (Vice-President/Volunteer Coordinator), Dr. Angela Jones (Secretary/Information Manager), Alan Palmer (Treasurer), Hannah Lawrence (Volunteer Coordinator), Mark Bitterling, Martha Deputy, Linda Rowland (Sponsorships), Jean Sokolowski
Community Planners: Ronnie Jaggers (Pinatas), Susan Morris (Children's Activities), Jean Arnold (Hospitality), Amy Milliken (Poster Contest), Joe Jackson, Delphine Burton (Merchandise), Andee Rudloff (Gallery Walk)

2006 Bowling Green International Festival
September 30, 2006 at Fountain Square Park
Theme: Dance, Dance, Dance

Performances & Activities | Sponsors | Press Releases | Volunteers | Shifts | Related Events
PDFs: Auction Postcards | Newspaper & Centerfold | Gallery Poster | Auction Poster | Poster | Rack Card Front & Back | Roll Around the World Poster | Sponsorship Info | Table Tents | Parade Route | Banners | Vendor Assignments | Children's Setup | Contractor's Map | Info Area Setup | Park Map | Site Map
Organizers: Executive Director: Kim Mason
Board of Directors: India Hooks (President), Dr. Larry Cailluoet (Vice-President/Volunteer Coordinator), Dr. Angela Jones (Secretary/Information Manager), Alan Palmer (Treasurer), Kim Wagner, Mark Bitterling, Martha Deputy, Linda Rowland (Sponsorships), Jean Sokolowski
Community Planners: Ronnie Jaggers (Pinatas), Susan Morris (Children's Activities), Jean Arnold (Hospitality), Amy Milliken (Poster Contest), Joe Jackson, Delphine Burton (Merchandise), Andee Rudloff (Gallery Walk)

2005 Bowling Green International Festival
September 25, 2005 at Fountain Square Park
Theme: Year of the Mask [shirt design by Diane Howerton]

Performances | Sponsors | Related Events | Presenting Bosnia | Volunteers
PDFs: Newspaper & Centerfold | Coupon Poster | Coupon Table Tents | Site Map | Poster | Site Setup | Sponsors Info | Table Tents | Vendors Assignments
Organizers: Executive Director: Kim Mason
Board of Directors: Linda Rowland (President), Mark Bitterling (Vice-President), Dr. Angela Jones (Secretary/Information Manager), Alan Palmer (Treasurer), Kim Wagner, Martha Deputy, Dr. Larry Cailluoet, India Hooks, Chris Antonsen
Community Planners: Ronnie Jaggers (Pinatas), Susan Morris (Children's Activities), Jean Arnold (Hospitality), Amy Milliken (Poster Contest), Joe Jackson, Delphine Burton (Merchandise), Andee Rudloff (Gallery Walk)

2004 Bowling Green International Festival
September 25, 2005 at Fountain Square Park
Theme: Year of the Drum [shirt design by Kim Mason]

Performances | Sponsors | Proclamation | Related Events | Volunteers
PDFs: Newspaper & Centerfold | Gallery Walk Application | Related Events Application | Parade Route | Poster | Rack Card | Set Up | Skate Table Tents | Table Tents | Sponsors Info | Vendors Assignments | Children's Set Up | Coupon Table Tent | Roll @ The World Flyer
Organizers: Executive Director: Kim Mason
Board of Directors: Linda Rowland (President), Dr. Larry Cailluoet (Vice-President of Policy), India Hooks (Vice-President of Finance), Mark Bitterling (Treasurer), Martha Deputy, Chris Antonsen (Secretary), Donna Kirwan
Community Planners: Ronnie Jaggers (Pinatas), Susan Morris (Children's Activities), Jean Arnold (Hospitality), Amy Milliken (Poster Contest), Joe Jackson, Delphine Burton (Merchandise), Andee Rudloff (Gallery Walk)

2003 Bowling Green International Festival
September 25, 2005 at Fountain Square Park
Theme: Celebrations.
Festival named "Top 10" Event by Kentucky Tourism
.
Performances | Sponsors | Related Events | Volunteers | Media Pack | Press Releases | Recipe Book
PDFs: Gallery Walk Cards | Rack Cards | Site Map | Vendors Assignments | Sponsors Form | App Art Show | App Related | Gallery Walk Table Tents | Parade Route | Poster Essay Flyer | Poster | Roll @ The World Flyer | School Flyer | Skate Table Tent
Organizers: Executive Director: Kim Mason
Board of Directors: Martha Deputy (President), Donna Kirwan (Secretary), Linda Rowland (Treasurer), India Hooks, Mark Bitterling Martha Deputy, Lee Huddleston, Ersa Austin, Jack Injoku, Dr. Larry CailluoetJ
Community Planners: Ronnie Jaggers (Pinatas), Susan Morris (Children's Activities), Jean Arnold (Hospitality), Amy Milliken (Poster Contest), Joe Jackson, Delphine Burton (Merchandise), Andee Rudloff (Gallery Walk)

2002 Bowling Green International Festival
September 21, 2002 at Fountain Square Park
Performances | Sponsors | Volunteers | Media Pack | Press Releases | Related Events
PDFs: Park Map
Organizers: Executive Director: Kim Mason
Board of Directors: Martha Deputy (President), Duncan McKenzie (Secretary), Ersa Austin (Treasurer), India Hooks, Dr. Larry Cailluoet, Karl Miller, Jim Bullington, Dana Cosby Simmons, Vicki Hawkins, Cheryl Blaine, Osi Onyekowlje, Kelly Thompson, Gwen Downs, Roberto Rodarte, Donna Kirwan, Linda Rowland
Community Planners: Ronnie Jaggers (Pinatas), Susan Morris (Children's Activities), Jean Arnold (Hospitality), Amy Milliken (Poster Contest), Joe Jackson, Delphine Burton (Merchandise), Andee Rudloff (Gallery Walk)

2001 Bowling Green International Festival
October 6, 2001 at Fountain Square Park - Theme: Latino, Hispanic & Bosnian Culture
2001 Festival Website
Organizers: Executive Director: Kim Mason
Board of Directors: Gwendolyn Downs (President), Duncan McKenzie (Secretary), Travis Armstrong (Treasurer), Dr. Larry Cailluoet, Jim Bullington, Dana Cosby Simmons, Vicki Hawkins, Cheryl Blaine, Martha Deputy, Rick McCue, Roberto Rodarte, Sam Buell Starks
Community Planners: Sharon Epley, Donald Aviles, Carrie Barnett, Noriko Sato, Bud Fox, Katie Fleming, Stephanie McGehee, John Yeric, Krista Yeric

1997 Bowling Green International Festival
October 18, 1997 at Fountain Square Park
1997 Festival Website

1996 Bowling Green International Festival
October 12, 1996 at Fountain Square Park
1996 Festival Website

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