August 19, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Japanese Fall Festival Includes Special Performances

The Springfield Sister Cities Association, with support from the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, will host the 14th annual Japanese Fall Festival on Friday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 13, in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave. with special performances seen at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

The three-day festival runs from 5:30 – 10 p.m., Friday night, and 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for kids 12 and younger; and toddlers two years of age and under are free.

This year’s highlights include:

Video/Web site resources for performance groups are available at www.springfieldmo.gov/sistercities/news.html or call (417) 864-1191. A complete weekend schedule of events and times will be released next week.

The festival also hosts daily tea ceremonies in the lakeside tea house, nightly candlelight strolls through the garden, hands-on activities for children, presentations by local performers, authentic Japanese food and regional artisans and merchants. A large tent top market features Japanese souvenirs and apparel for sale, with all proceeds benefiting SSCA.

For more information, media contact: Cindy Jobe, Festival Coordinator, (417) 891-1191.

Springfield Sister Cities Association (SSCA)
P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801 • (417) 864-1191