Approximately 20 countries will be represented at the annual International Festival Feb. 3 at Leavenworth High School.

Organizers of the annual International Festival at Leavenworth High School say a visit to the event is like a virtual trip around the world.

"It's like traveling the world in one day," said senior Jane Song, one of the members of the organizing committee.

The fourth-annual festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 3 in the main gymnasium at the high school.

Approximately 20 different countries will be featured at tables in the gym.

Food items specific to each country will be available at most of the tables.

Many of the participants will be wearing traditional attire from their countries.

The tables also will feature maps, photos and information about each of the countries.

"It's like a mini immersion into the countries," said Catey Edwards, director of communications at the high school.

Entry fee is $3 at the door on the day of the event.

There will be several forms of entertainment on the performance floor in the gym, including dancing and singing of traditional songs of the countries. There will also be a fashion show featuring clothing from many of the countries.

Visitors are invited to pick up a "passport" when they arrive at the event. They can get their passport stamped as they visit each of the other tables.

Karl Steinke, another member of the organizing committee, is an exchange student from Berlin, Germany. He said the festival is an opportunity to "build bridges" between international students and the community.

The annual event is a DECA production. DECA, which stands for Distributive Education Clubs of America, is an international organization of high school and college students that prepares leaders and entrepreneurs for various careers.

Committee member Jazmine McBurney said the group is using the event as an entry in the state DECA contest. The committee will write about the event and make a presentation before a panel of DECA evaluators at the state contest.

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