AU to host 23rd annual “World’s Fair” March 21

AUBURN — Auburn University will showcase the worldwide diversity of its student body on Wednesday (March 17) at its 19th annual World’s Fair on the Haley Center Concourse.

The event, which will take place from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., will feature displays by students from more than 40 countries, including Chile, India, Pakistan, England, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, Switzerland, Romania and others.

“The World’s Fair allows our international students the opportunity to show their pride in their homelands and promotes good will among all of our students,” said Nejla Orgen, associate director of AU’s Office of International Student Life and Admissions. “It also helps the students from the U.S. become more aware of the international flavor of Auburn and that Auburn draws students from around the world.”

The displays will include information about the cultures and traditions of the various countries as well as crafts and games. Participating groups will be awarded cash prizes and gift certificates for the most educational, most interesting or creative and best overall displays.

Hundreds of children from area schools have also been invited to the event, Orgen said.

“We hope to have about 1,000 students visiting the event from area elementary and high schools,” Orgen said.

Orgen said free soft drinks will also be available to students and visitors.