Who’s In The Demo Area in 2018?


Somali Museum of Minnesota

Somali Kebed Weaving
Using no loom or frame, Somali nomads weave mats by hand to cover their houses.

Various cultural artifacts on display

Learn more at:  https://www.somalimuseum.org/


Hmong Farming – * Laos

Come and learn about the history and role of farming in the Hmong Culture from the Keng Vang family. Produce will be available for sale.





Urch Turnland Poultry –  * Poland

Join the Turnland family and learn about chickens from around the world.  Featured this year is the Polish Chicken, which comes in many varieties.  People all around the world use the chicken as a primary food source.  

You will learn about caring for chickens, laying hens, the many of the varieties of chickens, and some rare varieties that are considered a delicacy.






Kasper Farms Alpacas   * Peru

Come and see the two types of alpaca: Huacaya (which produce a dense, soft, crimpy sheep-like fiber), and the Suri (with silky pencil-like locks, resembling dreadlocks but without matted fibers). Suris, prized for their longer and silkier fibers. Watch the alpaca fiber be spun into yarn on a spinning wheel and make something with it to take home.

Learn about Pottery with Heather Meyer  * England

Heart Shaped PotteryWatch Heather create different pieces of pottery on a pottery wheel.

After over twenty years of working in clay, the process of transforming a lump of mud into a meaningful vessel still intrigues and amazes me. Potter working I enjoy creating functional ware that is aesthetically pleasing for everyday use and ritual, such as to enjoy that morning cup of coffee.  My educational influences are through my experience at Bemidji State University, and University of Wisconsin-Superior where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree, and Masters of Art degree, respectively.  Heather is the propreiter of Muddy Paws Ceramics.

Steele County Historical Society – Pioneer Days   *  USA

Pioneer DaysThe Steele County Historical Society is pleased to share our local history at Culturfest! We will be demonstrating cider pressing, butter making, and leather working. Steele County has a rich agricultural heritage, with many different ethnic groups settling here and making their living from the land. That tradition has continued with the County being one of the top agricultural production Counties in Minnesota. Guests will get to experience food and agricultural production as the early settlers would have done, along with guest demonstrator, Roger Reb showing how the ever resourceful Midwesterners would have worked with leather. For more information about SCHS, please visit our website at www.steelehistorymuseum.org.

Henna Art with Ishrat Sharmin  * Bangledesh

Henna Art on LegsIshrat art on armIshrat will create beautiful designs using henna, a natural substance created from the plant roots, which is used to create intricate tattoos which gradually fade and disappear. Ishrat is originally from Bangledesh.

Ishrat will be creating henna tattoos for a fee at CulturFest.

Therapy Dogs International – Meet Penny and her leash handler, Jan   * England

Penny was born on October 19 2006. She is a Golden Retriever mix. She
passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test on May 18, 2009 and TDI
Penny the therapy dog. evaluation test on January 19, 2010. After her annual health examination in February, Penny began her career as a certified therapy dog on March 5, 2010 visiting the former Cedarview Care Center.

In addition to visiting care centers Penny also visits memory care facilities, assisted living and senior complexes, hospices, hospitals, the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester, and schools (Wilson, Lincoln, and McKinley in Owatonna and Southgate in Austin).

Penny’s job is to provide comfort and to lift the spirits of everyone she sees. At school Penny listens to students who read to her.She is
also there to offer comfort to anyone in need.

Quinceañera     * Mexico

The transition from girl to woman is celebrated in various ways throughout the world. In Mexico it has very unique roots and is celebrated when girls turn fifteen. Local girls who have recently celebrated their Quinciñera will join us and talk about their experience and the importance of this tradition.

Sorenson Bee Farm   * Egypt

HoneyBeehivesJoin local professional bee keeper, Launie Sorensen, as he shares his experience raising bees and harvesting this ancient non-perishable food source found in the ancient ruins of the Egyptian pyramids.


  Wilson School Garden                


* Designates a demonstrator who is participating as a passport stamping    station.