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Smithsonian Gets Ready For Annual Folk Life Festival

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By Stephanie Kaye

The 44th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival is underway for the next two weeks on the National Mall. And staff will try to keep visitors cool during some of the hottest days of the year.

About 20 large white tents are set up. They're ready for any triple-digit temperatures we might see in the coming weeks, with barrels of water, a first-aid tent and plenty of electric fans.

The yearly Folklife Festival brings about one million people to the Mall, and focuses on three unique groups of people.

This year's focus shines a light on Asian American cultures. There's an exhibit dedicated to the people behind the scenes here on the Mall: the Smithsonian workers; and the food and drink of Mexico, which includes a tequila-making demonstration. But no taste-testing.

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