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Brazos Valley Worldfest wraps up with live performances in downtown Bryan

Posted at 7:05 PM, Oct 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-25 18:54:01-04

BRYAN, TEXAS — Changes came to this year's Brazos Valley Worldfest as organizers made adjustments to allow the signature event to carry on.

The Brazos Valley Worldfest was mostly virtual this year, but on Saturday performers were able to participate in live performances at the Palace Theater in Downtown Bryan, wrapping up the 14th annual event.

Kim Fox, Manager of the Brazos Valley Worldfest says even though things looked a little different this year for the event, everyone from the competitors to the community received the a wholesome Worldfest experience.

"We ended up with more than 40 different performance information and demonstration videos that are on our Brazos Valley WorldFest website," Fox added.

Fox says she saw events throughout the community get canceled this year which made her and her team even more determined to find a way to save their event.

"As summer progressed, we were able to schedule some live activities in addition to our virtual, so we are really excited to have a combination of those and still be an event for the community to enjoy and appreciate and learn about the countries and cultures that live right here in our community," Fox added.

The Palace Theater had many cultures on display, including African Safari Storytelling and American Indian dancing.

A unique partnership between Worldfest and Destination Bryan helped showcase downtown Bryan as a great place to shop local.

"Downtown Bryan can really offer a great experience with having events here and its definitely a huge support to all of our businesses to have the traffic here today for this event," Katelyn Brown, Community Engagement Manager for Destination Bryan said.

As most of the activities were virtual this year, organizers gifted attendees with a culture and craft bag filled with activities from around the world.