COLUMBUS, Ind. — The annual Ethnic Expo international festival beginning Friday figuratively brings the world to Columbus’ doorstep.

On some opening nights, it has felt as if much of the globe were visiting, with shoulder-to-shoulder pedestrian traffic in the shadows of Columbus City Hall at First and Washington streets.

But one of the busiest times of the free, two-day event will have more room to roam this year with the festival extending further west on First Street.

Please read Wednesday’s edition of The Republic for more details.

Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.