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Heat doesn't hold back crowds at Tucson Meet Yourself

  • A view of some of the vendors and crowds outside the Pima County Consolidated Justice Court.
    Megan Merrimac/TucsonSentinel.comA view of some of the vendors and crowds outside the Pima County Consolidated Justice Court.
  • The official TMY Store, located in El Presidio Park, offers a variety of arts, crafts, and music, many of which made by artists and musicians performing at the Festival.
    Megan Merrimac/TucsonSentinel.comThe official TMY Store, located in El Presidio Park, offers a variety of arts, crafts, and music, many of which made by artists and musicians performing at the Festival.
  • Will McCullen of the Tucson Seven Pipers Band outside his organizations food station at TMY that had Celtic foods such as corned beef sandwiches and Scottish cornbread.
    Megan Merrimac/TucsonSentinel.comWill McCullen of the Tucson Seven Pipers Band outside his organizations food station at TMY that had Celtic foods such as corned beef sandwiches and Scottish cornbread.
  • The performers of the Saguaro Stompers Clog Dance Company showing their clog steps in the finale of their performance on Friday.
    Megan Merrimac/TucsonSentinel.comThe performers of the Saguaro Stompers Clog Dance Company showing their clog steps in the finale of their performance on Friday.
  • Wagons that Tucson Rodeo Parade brought to TMY to showcase their museum and teach people about the historic value of Tucson.
    Megan Merrimac/TucsonSentinel.comWagons that Tucson Rodeo Parade brought to TMY to showcase their museum and teach people about the historic value of Tucson.
  • A portion of the crowd at TMY on Friday in El Presidio Park.
    Megan Merrimac/TucsonSentinel.comA portion of the crowd at TMY on Friday in El Presidio Park.
  • One of the musical performances by Arizona Dance Hands on Friday at the City Hall Stage. Arizona Dance Hands, formed in 1948, features Western Ballads and Western Swing Dance Music.
    Megan Merrimac/TucsonSentinel.comOne of the musical performances by Arizona Dance Hands on Friday at the City Hall Stage. Arizona Dance Hands, formed in 1948, features Western Ballads and Western Swing Dance Music.
  • A fire truck that Tucson Fire Department had on display at TMY.
    Megan Merrimac/TucsonSentinel.comA fire truck that Tucson Fire Department had on display at TMY.
  • Some of the lines that formed outside of the many different food vendors on Friday.
    Megan Merrimac/TucsonSentinel.comSome of the lines that formed outside of the many different food vendors on Friday.

Despite the return of heat on Friday, large crowds of people gathered at Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival in downtown Tucson to celebrate different cultures in the area.

Tucson Meet Yourself (TMY) is held in multiple areas of downtown Tucson, including El Presidio Park, Jacome Plaza, La Placita Village and Tucson Convention Center Plaza. With nine stages, over 60 different food vendors, and hundreds of art demonstrations and exhibitors spread throughout the event, TMY offers a variety of flavors and entertainment for people of all cultures to appreciate.

The event is often called "Tucson Eat Yourself," and the many food vendors offered wandering festival-goers a wealth of choices.

Will McCullen of the Tucson Seven Pipers Band worked at the pipe and drums band's food station on Friday, offering with Celtic foods such as corned beef sliders and Scottish cornbread.

"It is a fantastic place to be able to appreciate the multi-cultures of Tucson," said McCullen.

Another group set out to spread the word about their organization at TMY is Lions Clubs, who is working the Pepsi stands at the event to raise money for charity.

"We are the world's largest service organization, and probably the least well known," said Sandy Shiff, a member of Lions Clubs. 

"This is a great way for us to make money and support charitable organizations," said another member, Ron Richman. 

There are many different types of entertainment, ranging from dancers to musicians representing multiple different cultures.

Saguaro Stompers Clog Dance Company showcased their own talents as well as taught the audience some clog steps to take home.

"Clogging is a dying art for Tucson. We want to let people know it's out there and it's just as much fun as anything else," said Connie Rich, one of the cloggers.

Michael and Cindy Hogan attended the event of Friday and have been coming to TMY for around 15 years, they said.

"It's great to be outside with everyone at TMY," said Cindy Hogan.

The Blowers family was another group in attendance on Friday at TMY. Paul Blowers came to the event with his wife and two children, and they are not new to the festival.

"I think my favorite part is getting to share new foods with the kids," said Paul Blowers.

When asked what his favorite part of TMY is, Max Blowers, 6, replied "the music!" 

TMY continues throughout this weekend on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about performances, food vendors, and the event visit www.tucsonmeetyourself.org.

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