July 27th, 2009 | by Aaron Mendelson News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

Why This Saturday's Iranian Festival Will Steer Clear of Politics

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The local Iranian community's 10th annual Iranian Festival is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday on the Park Blocks at Portland State University.

And while there's certainly a lot of concern among the estimated 10,000 Iranian-Americans over the electoral turmoil in Iran, festival organizers say political activity is not planned for the event this Saturday.

"The festival is totally cultural," says Goudarz Eghtedari, one of the festival's planners. "So we try to stay away from politics."
 
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