Some interesting postmarks have been arriving at the Springville Post Office.
Dancers from 14 countries have sent word they plan to perform this summer at the Fourth Annual World Folkfest, and more responses are arriving."The response has been very strong," said Teddy Anderson, Springville Arts Commission spokeswoman. "Things are looking very good, very early."
So far, groups from 14 countries have responded. Dancers will be arriving from the USSR, Spain, Mexico, Israel, Turkey, Yugoslavia, Bali, Norway, Czechoslovakia, Algeria and Finland. Dancers from China and Antigua have tentatively accepted.
Folkfest dancers will perform in Salt Lake City on Aug. 11 and 12, then will move to Springville for performances Aug. 13-19.
The Springville City Council this week pledged support services similar to what they donated last year. The city will provide police security, ambulance backup, water, electricity and parks and streets personnel and resources.
Anderson said festival organizers did not consider asking for money after a very public rejection last year from the council.
"We knew their sentiments, and we are very grateful for the support they were able to offer. We figure the support services they provided last year would have cost about $30,000 if we had to pay for them. That's a pretty generous donation."
Anderson said host families were also generous. The families offer room, board, transportation and sightseeing excursions to foreign guests, saving dancers and the Folk-fest about $270,000, she said. Without those donations, cost would keep most groups from attending.
"Housing is looking pretty good," Anderson said. "We have a long list of host families, and we have had people calling in to volunteer."
Anderson said the budget for this year's Folkfest is not yet final, but it should be in the same ballpark as last year's $90,000. The Folkfest made a "very small profit" last year, which was applied to a debt from the year before.
Donations are coming in slowly, she said, but Geneva and a few other large companies have pledged support. The Folkfest survived last year by doing everything as inexpensively as possible. The plan is the same for this year.
"We are bound and determined not to let the Folkfest die," Anderson said.