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International Fest Moves Inside

Events organizers planned for rain, and it came just minutes before the 3 p.m. starting time.

Just like clockwork, a rain shower marked the 3 p.m. starting time for the Saturday.

But festival organizers were prepared, as they already decided to move activities from to the adjacent . Signs announcing the change in venue greeted festival-goers as they arrived at the Nicollet Avenue facility.

The skies brightened soon after the start of the festival, but dark clouds to the west threatened more showers. The National Weather Service predicted a chance of showers in Dakota County through 7 p.m. Saturday.

Shortly after 3 p.m., Cyril Paul and the Calypso Monarchs opened the live-performance portion of the festival on the PAC main theater. Nearly a dozen performers were scheduled to follow.

A surprise visitor greeted residents who visited the children’s activities area on the second floor of the PAC. Minnesota Twins all-time great Tony Oliva was at the team’s community relations booth signing hats, bats and bobbleheads.

The festival continues through 9 p.m. today. Admission is free.

to view a preview of the festival.

Look for photos from the event tomorrow on Burnsville Patch.

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