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Nathan Xavier
Sat Feb 11, 2017 16:17

The Brazil booth had come together nicely, if Nathan did say so himself. It was a bit larger than he had really expected a student group to design, but it did incorporate a bunch of his trees, so that took up a lot of space right there. As the pitch did actually need to be restored to playing conditions eventually, rather than permanently becoming a rain forest, he'd had to use smaller juvenile trees that could be carted around in large pots instead of planting them into the ground, but they did a reasonable job of giving the Brazil area of the pitch a small sense of the Amazonian Rainforest. Smaller plants did a decent job of hiding the pots, too, so it didn't look entirely temporary.

Visitors approaching the Brazil 'booth' would be met with black curtains hiding from view. The curtains had only two openings. One was labelled "Brazil - Enter Here" and the other was adorned with a sign that said "Exit Only". As people passed through the curtains of the entrance, they would find themselves surrounded by the tropical plants of the Amazonian rainforest with a winding path leading deeper into the Brazil booth.

Drop cloths with paintings of more rainforest behind the trees and other flora made the tropical path seem more three dimensional than the plants alone would have done, and he'd even managed to get a few macaws and other tropical birds (in cages) on loan to provide some color and sound for the visitors passing through the main entry path. All of the various plants and birds in this area had small placards informing passersby what they were called and some interesting facts about them. His group had worked quite hard on getting it all just right. They'd even found some charms to provide the visitors with a warm mist to walk through as they passed through the curtains to simulate the humidity of the actual Amazon. The kids had wanted a full forest maze, but this one path into the main booth was what was actually doable with the number of plants Nathan had available for them. It was a good path, though, and he was quite proud of them. And it did have two small offshoots where people could get 'lost' if they cared to leave the wider path and see some more plants and birds.

After passing through the rainforest, the booth opened up to an area that was a bit more booth-like. One half of it had a wooden platform for dancing. Samba music played and some of the booth attendants were dressed in carnival costumes and were ready to teach anyone interested in how to samba or provide demonstrations, or at least the basic steps of it.

The rest of the area had a crafting station for making your own carnival headdress, some food samples (mostly made by the school's elves, but the group had provided the kitchens with the Brazilian recipes), and some posters with information about the people, cultures, and locations that could be found in Brazil. The Brazilian food on offer included bite-sized sweet chocolate balls called brigadeiros and some small cheese bread rolls called păo de queijo.

When the booth visitor was ready to leave, another (shorter and less winding) path through more rainforest would lead them back to the main thoroughfare of the Sonora Cultural Fair.

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    • Brazil! — Nathan Xavier, Sat Feb 11 16:17
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