On Oct. 3 and 4, the fourth annual PalmFest International Folklife Celebration will be held at the McAllen Convention Center located at Ware Road and Expressway 83 in McAllen.

PalmFest emphasizes the cultural and ethnic diversity of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and will once again partner with the City of McAllen to bring this grand festival to the community. The McAllen Heritage Center - “Heritage Village,” the expanded Fajita Cookoff “Smoking since 1976,” and the McAllen South Rotary Club “Kids-Beach Bash” will add their attractions to bring two fun filled days that promise something for everyone.

PalmFest will offer multiple stages and performance areas. Organizers are seeking singers and musicians, including blues, bluegrass, conjunto, country, folk, gospel, harmony, jazz, mariachi, rock, symphonic and others.

Ethnic folk, ballet, flamenco, folklorico, Indian, salsa, belly dancers and other dancers are also being sought.

The Rio Grande Valley has many ethnic groups such as African, Argentinean, Australian, Austrian, Belgian, Brazilian, British, Cajun, Canadian, Chilean, Chinese, Croatian, Cuban, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Egyptian, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Indian, Iranian, Irish, Japanese, Korean, Lebanese, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Native American, Norwegian, Pakistani, Polish, Peruvian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Scottish, Scandinavian, Swedish, Spanish, Thai, Ukrainian, Venezuelan, Vietnamese, Welsh and others. Participation by all these groups and other nationalities residing in the Rio Grande Valley is desired.

Also trick ropers, storytellers, magicians, martial arts, poets, and other acts are on the “want list.” Folk crafts made from ceramics, cloth, glass, horsehair, metal, paper, wood and other materials are sought for the educational demonstrations and cultural exhibitions.

PalmFest 2009 promises to be an even bigger entertainment event and we welcome your inquiries. For more information about the festival or other levels of participation, to be a volunteer or a sponsor call our festival hotline at 956-682-5566.

To find out how you can participate as a PalmFest entertainer, e-mail PalmFest Entertainment Coordinator- Olga Gabriel at : olga@palmfest.com or call the hotline at 956-682-5566

Visit us at our newly expanded Web site: www.mcallenpalmfest. com.