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Diversity Day draws droves

A dancer from the Christina Yeh Dance Company performs at the 21st Space Wing’s Diversity Day Fair May 20, 2011, at The Club on Peterson Air Force Base. The fair celebrated the wing’s diverse workforce with dance, food and educational displays. Christina Yeh founded the company in 1982 and offers Chinese dance lessons to children and adults. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robb Lingley)

A dancer from the Christina Yeh Dance Company performs at the 21st Space Wing’s Diversity Day Fair May 20, 2011, at The Club on Peterson Air Force Base. The fair celebrated the wing’s diverse workforce with dance, food and educational displays. Christina Yeh founded the company in 1982 and offers Chinese dance lessons to children and adults. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robb Lingley)

Airmen look at a Holocaust Memorial display at the 21st Space Wing’s Diversity Day Fair May 20, 2011, at The Club on Peterson Air Force Base. More than 400 people attended the fair, which included dance performances, ethnic food sampling and educational displays. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robb Lingley)

Airmen look at a Holocaust Memorial display at the 21st Space Wing’s Diversity Day Fair May 20, 2011, at The Club on Peterson Air Force Base. More than 400 people attended the fair, which included dance performances, ethnic food sampling and educational displays. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robb Lingley)

Dancers from the Seven Falls Native American dance group invited spectators to dance with them at the 21st Space Wing’s Diversity Day Fair May 20, 2011, at The Club on Peterson Air Force Base. Seven Falls, an internationally known dance troupe, was one of eight groups that performed during the fair, celebrating the Air Force and the wing’s diverse workforce. Seven Falls dancers are members of the Pawnee, Flandreau Santee Sioux, Cheyenne River Sioux and Crow Creek tribes. Their troupe has been dancing for more than 25 years and recently returned from a two-week performance in Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robb Lingley)

Dancers from the Seven Falls Native American dance group invited spectators to dance with them at the 21st Space Wing’s Diversity Day Fair May 20, 2011, at The Club on Peterson Air Force Base. Seven Falls, an internationally known dance troupe, was one of eight groups that performed during the fair, celebrating the Air Force and the wing’s diverse workforce. Seven Falls dancers are members of the Pawnee, Flandreau Santee Sioux, Cheyenne River Sioux and Crow Creek tribes. Their troupe has been dancing for more than 25 years and recently returned from a two-week performance in Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robb Lingley)

Dancers from the Czech/Slovak Dance group were a crowd pleaser at the 21st Space Wing’s Diversity Day Fair May 20, 2011, at The Club on Peterson Air Force Base. The group was one of eight that performed at the wing’s first Diversity Day Fair, which was held to celebrate the Air Force and the wing’s diverse workforce. The Czech/Slovak Dancers started their group in 1985 and perform traditional dances from the Czech and Slovak Republics. More than 400 people attended the fair, which included ethnic food sampling and educational displays. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robb Lingley)

Dancers from the Czech/Slovak Dance group were a crowd pleaser at the 21st Space Wing’s Diversity Day Fair May 20, 2011, at The Club on Peterson Air Force Base. The group was one of eight that performed at the wing’s first Diversity Day Fair, which was held to celebrate the Air Force and the wing’s diverse workforce. The Czech/Slovak Dancers started their group in 1985 and perform traditional dances from the Czech and Slovak Republics. More than 400 people attended the fair, which included ethnic food sampling and educational displays. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robb Lingley)

Dancers from the Danzas Folkloricas Pan-American dance group perform at the 21st Space Wing’s Diversity Day Fair May 20, 2011, at The Club. The fair featured dozens of cultural groups, ethnic foods and educational displays in celebration of the Air Force and 21st SW’s diverse workforce. The Danzas Folkloricas was founded by local resident Tina Fennell as a way to encourage youth to participate in culture and arts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robb Lingley)

Dancers from the Danzas Folkloricas Pan-American dance group perform at the 21st Space Wing’s Diversity Day Fair May 20, 2011, at The Club. The fair featured dozens of cultural groups, ethnic foods and educational displays in celebration of the Air Force and 21st SW’s diverse workforce. The Danzas Folkloricas was founded by local resident Tina Fennell as a way to encourage youth to participate in culture and arts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robb Lingley)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

More than 400 people on Peterson Air Force Base took a trip around the world May 20 with a "Passport to Diversity" at the 21st Space Wing's Diversity Day Fair.

The Diversity Day Fair featured 18 cultural booths, including the Sons of Norway, the Low-rider Hispanic Bike Club, a Holocaust Traveling Display and the Colorado School for Deaf and Blind. Event organizers called the fair - a first of its kind on Peterson AFB - a huge success and already started thinking about next year's event, said Steven Daniels, co-chair of the Diversity Day Fair planning committee.

The event was a celebration of the rich diversity in the Air Force and 21st SW workforce. The best part of the fair, Mr. Daniels said, was that it highlighted cultural groups that may not have a designated federal day, week or month for recognition.

"This offered all cultures to get a chance to participate," he said.

The events were dubbed "edutainment," meaning the cultural dances were entertaining and educational. There were dance performances by groups such as Danza Folklorica, Magic of Pacific Island and Seven Falls Native American dance troupe. A surprise hit of the dance program was the Czech/Slovak Dancers, Mr. Daniels said.

Participants at the fair received a "passport" to carry while visiting each of the booths. Those who completed the "edutainment tour" received a gift.

The event does not take the place of other special emphasis programs such as Dr. Martin Luther King Day or Hispanic Heritage Month.

"Everything was a big hit - we received many compliments on the food and the performances," Mr. Daniels said.

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