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World Neighbors to host ninth annual WorldFest in Oklahoma

WorldFest, an international fair trade shopping market, will be Saturday in Oklahoma City.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: September 21, 2012

Oklahoma City-based World Neighbors will host its ninth-annual WorldFest international shopping market from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market, 311 S Klein Ave.

The event will feature thousands of fair trade items from countries around the world, including scarves and jewelry, home decor and kitchen accessories, holiday decorations and coffee and other food items.

The items are handcrafted by people around the globe, many who live on wages of less than one dollar a day, said Erin Engelke, vice president of marketing and communications for World Neighbors, in a news release.

“WorldFest truly is the premier shopping event for fair trade items in Oklahoma, and we're proud to host this extraordinary event each year,” Engelke said.

All of the products sold at World Neighbors' signature fundraiser, WorldFest, are fair-trade certified, which provides the artisans who made the products with fair wages but also raises significant funds for World Neighbors programs in 11 countries throughout Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the release said.

Tickets are available in advance online at or at the door on the day of the event. Admission is $7 for adults and free for children under 12.

World Neighbors works with people who are struggling to survive in some of the poorest places on earth. Instead of providing short-term aid, World Neighbors creates permanent change by working alongside villagers, helping them to identify and solve their own problems. Currently, World Neighbors reaches over half a million people in 11 countries. For information, go to