Sun, Oct 29, 2006 - Page 2 News List

TAS food fair draws in expats by the thousands

By Max Hirsch  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Taipei American School (TAS) once again demonstrated its magnetic pull on the city's expatriate community yesterday, drawing thousands of fair-goers to its Parent Teacher Association's (PTA) 24th International Food Fair.

"We had a weather contingency plan in place and our fingers crossed," PTA President Rosemary Susa told the Taipei Times.

"Luckily, the weather held out for us," Susa said, adding that proceeds from the fair's food booths featuring cuisines from 22 countries would go to the school's new library.

Pony rides, cotton candy, a haunted house, live stage performances and tasty international food galore drew locals and expatriates alike to the TAS campus for an afternoon of fun in the sun.

Handicraft and charity booths were also on hand to raise funding for the NT$20 million (US$601,142) TAS library and other future school projects.

Susa estimated that 6,000 people attended the event yesterday.

As for the deluxe library, Paige Summers, TAS Director of Advancement and Admissions, said that the school had already invested NT$100 million in the facility, but that NT$20 million more were needed for finishing touches like furniture and books.

A grand opening ceremony is scheduled for January, Summers added.

"Before, our middle and high school libraries were merged. The renovation has separated them, as well as resulted in a new Chinese-language section boasting 1,500 brand new titles," Summers said.

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