Students from multiple schools in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District are scheduled to take a field trip to downtown St. Paul for the Flint Hills Family Festival.

The festival includes two parts: Family Weekend, which is open to the public May 31 to June 1, and School Days, which run May 28-31. More than 21,000 students and teachers from Minnesota and western Wisconsin are expected to come get a sneak peek of the festival, according to a news release.

Hundreds of students from Diamond Path Elementary in Apple Valley, Rosemount Elementary and Thomas Lake Elementary in Eagan are planning to attend the festival.

“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 release said.

This year’s event will include 116 performances representing over 25 countries and cultures in five days. The festival is made possible by a 19-year partnership between Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery in Rosemount and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.

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