Sister City 2019
MARCH 23 - 27, 2019
Since 2010, Marion has been taking part in a Sister City program to provide global connections and exchanges between the international city of Kanie Town, Japan and the residents of Marion, IL. Regardless of the 6,000 mile distance, this relationship has grown stronger over the years. Each year, the communities schedule alternating visits to learn about business, education, and cultural differences.
The visiting delegations are made up of leaders and students from each community. The students stay with host families, enabling them to take in as much culture as possible.
Join With Us!
As part of the 2019 Sister City visit, we will be hosting activities that center around Japanese culture.
Welcome Pot Luck Party
5:00 pm on March 23 at the Pavilion
Join us as we welcome our 2019 delegation with an All American Pot Luck dinner at 5pm on March 23rd at The Pavilion. Please bring a covered dish or dessert to share! Please call the office 997-6311 to let us know you're coming and what you will bring!
Cultural Exchange Presentation
4:30 pm on March 25th on Tower Square
As part of the Sister City Cultural Exchange, the City of Marion and the Marion Chamber will be presenting a special token of friendship to the KANIE delegation on the Tower Square.
2018 visit highlights
Learn about Kaine Town
Sister City Sponsors
618 Tap House
State Senator Dale Fowler
State Representative Dave Severin
If you are interested in supporting the Sister City program, please call the chamber office at 618-997-6311.
2019 visit schedule
SATURDAY - Delegation Arrival & Welcome Pot Luck Party
SUNDAY - Outdoor Recreation
MONDAY - Education & Civic Tours
TUESDAY - Industrial & Historical Tours
WEDNESDAY - Delegation Farewells