Two hundred and forty-four students from Basswood Elementary School will take a field trip to downtown Saint Paul thisweek to experience special performances and activities at the Flint Hills Family Festival.

The Festival includes two parts: Family Weekend (May 31-June 1), which is open to the public, and School Days (May 28-31), when more than 21,000 students and teachers from throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin get a sneak peek of the Festival.

At the Festival, top performing artists from around the globe will dazzle children and families with puppetry, dance, music, drama and acrobatics. Children will interact with magicians, balloon artists and face painters, as well as participate in art-making activities.

School Days programming aligns with Minnesota curriculum standards to ensure that it complements what students are learning in the classroom. Study guides help educate students about the different cultures, art forms, vocabulary and history of the performances.

“The Festival is an educational experience that allows kids to experience different kinds of art – whether it’s from halfway across the world or right here in Minnesota,” said Jamie Grant, president and CEO at the Ordway.

This year’s Festival will feature 116 performances in five days representing more than 25 countries and cultures. The Festival, which began in 2001, is made possible by a 19-year partnership between the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery in Rosemount.

“We at Flint Hills marvel at the Ordway’s ability to put on a festival of this magnitude and quality year after year,” said Geoff Glasrud, vice president and manufacturing manager at Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery. “These students will love the shows and fun, interactive activities that the Ordway has put together for them.”

Tickets to all indoor performances are on sale now and can be purchased online or by phone at 651-224-4222. Learn more by visiting

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