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Release Date Monday, March 27, 2023

Mines 60th Annual Cultural Expo Features International Food and Entertainment

South Dakota Mines’ annual cultural expo features food an entertainment from around the world. 

South Dakota Mines students, faculty and staff will join a variety of community groups to celebrate cultures from around the world with food, entertainment and displays during the annual South Dakota Mines Cultural Expo. International students at Mines have been sharing their cultures with the community with an annual event for 60 years.

The first iteration of today’s Cultural Expo occurred on campus in 1963. The “International Expo” was recorded in Mines yearbook as follows: “Many persons attended the event, which included a potluck supper and a program of international entertainment, in addition to numerous international displays of arts and handcraft from foreign countries.”

This year’s Cultural Expo includes a two-day showcase:

On Thursday, March 30, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. the Surbeck Center ballroom opens to visiting K-12 schools who wish to attend. School children from throughout the Black Hills region will engage in hands-on educational exercises and displays. Watch this video for more information on the different activities.

On Saturday, April 1, the Cultural Expo opens to the general public, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Surbeck Ballroom. The ever-popular event includes international food sampling prepared by students and community groups. There is an $10 charge for sampling of ethnic foods, which starts at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday only. Entertainment features a variety of traditional music and dancing from a wide range of cultures.

Mines’ Cultural Expo is sponsored by international students, faculty and staff, the Student Association and the Ivanhoe International Center at South Dakota Mines along with International Students Inc., Black Hills Energy, Coca-Cola and more.


About South Dakota Mines  

Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,493 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 98 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $70,036. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram, and Snapchat.

Contact: Gray Hughes, 605-394-2554, gray.hughes@sdsmt.edu