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Singers arrive in Cincinnati for the World Choir Games

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Preparations are underway for the debut of Cincinnati's Market Garden on Fountain Square.

The market will welcome visitors from across the globe and will provide food, drinks, fun and friendship. The eclectic bistro will feature souvenirs and an outdoor seating and performance area.

Several teams arrived at Duke Energy Center Tuesday to register for the competition. FOX19 met choirs from Namibia, Africa and Israel. "We've been trying to do this for a very long time now and its actually...it's good," said Fanie Dorfling, director of the Namibia choir. "It's a dream coming true and I think it's starting to sink in now that we are here."

Israel sent an all girls choir. "Oh my goodness. This means everything," said Dafna Ben-Yohanan, director of the Israel choir. "I mean this is the greatest thing we've every participated in."

45 teams are expected to compete over the next nine days. "It's really exciting and just hearing all the languages," said Israel singer, Tamar Sommer. "It's just overwhelming and it's really, really fantastic."

Water Works will also be on hand to provide free water during these dangerously high temperatures.

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