Sister City Exchange celebrates 35 years

By WEEK Producer

August 5, 2013 Updated Aug 5, 2013 at 7:05 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis is rolling out the red carpet for the sister city exchange group.

On Monday, the mayor welcomed visitors from Friedrichshafen, Germany to city hall.

This is the 35th year of the exchange. Local hosts said that makes the youth exchange the longest continuously operating exchange of its kind in the United States.

Besides touring Peoria, the group also made a trip to the state capitol.

"We went to Springfield that was a really nice trip. We went to the statue of Abraham Lincoln and touch his nose, now I'm lucky forever I hope and we went to Chicago. That was really nice. I love the site seeing because the sky deck was really amazing and yesterday we made paintball that was really cool,” said exchange student Freia Sedlmaier.

After the sister city group met with the mayor, the students visited the Peoria Riverfront Museum, the Caterpillar Visitor Center, and ate lunch at the Brown Bag.

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