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Bel Air officials proclaim June 4 'Narva Days' in recognition of sister city's festival

Bel Air officials proclaim June 4 'Narva Days' in recognition of sister city's festival
Bel Air Mayor Robert Reier, center, presents presents a proclamation designating June 4 as Narva Days in Bel Air, to coincide with a festival that will be held in Narva, Estonia, a sister city to Bel Air. With him are Barbara Tower and Toivo Tagamets of the Maryland - Estonia Exchange Council. (Courtesy of Michael Krantz, Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Town of Bel Air officials want to remind residents they have a sister city in Narva, Estonia, which is holding its annual Narva Days Festival starting this week.

The Board of Town Commissioners recently proclaimed that Thursday, June 4, will be Narva Days in Bel Air and urged residents to join the residents of Narva in celebration. The Narva Days Festival runs from Thursday through Sunday.

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Mayor Robert Reier presented the proclamation to Toivo Tagamets and Barbara Tower, who are members of the Maryland - Estonia Exchange Council, on May 18.

The exchange council representatives said they expect to present the Bel Air proclamation in Narva during the festival, which both will attend. Tower lives in Bel Air and her mother was Estonian.

"Narva Days is the biggest and most exciting event in the city in June," according to www.visitestonia.com/en/narva-days-2014. "The estival includes a festive street parade, sports competitions, cultural events, exhibitions, trade fairs, a handicrafts fair and all sorts of other entertainment."

Officials from Bel Air and Narva signed their sister city pact in April 2014 via Skype.

The Maryland – Estonia Exchange Council works to establish cooperative agreements between towns, cities and counties in Estonia and Maryland.

The agreements are in turn used to foster cultural, educational and economic exchanges and other joint activities between the sister governments.

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