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asian festival 2011

The month of May is Asian history month. In celebration of Asian culture, Food Lion hosted the Asian Festival 2011 at Ramsey park on Saturday. It is off of Lake Norman in North Carolina. This is an annual event that encoporates the many countries of Asia. Each country showcases their culture with informational booths and food stands. One of my favorite parts of the festival is watching the dragon boat race on the lake. Companies {Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Food Lion, & Natural Piedmont Gas} from all over the area take part as teams to compete against others.

After watching the boat race vendors will open their stands ready to serve lunch. There was food from Thailand, Laos, Phillipines, and Korea. We had a bite to eat from Laos and Phillipines. Some of our family members were working their tushes off at the Laos food stand. Their stand had a long line that lasted all day. A great day for them!

Then we headed to learn about other cultures at their booths. India was showcasing henna tattoos, and Japan had a station to make paper cranes to send over to Japan in aide of the recent earthquak in March. China had many photos and info on their culture as well as Phillipines. Korea showcased historic artifacts and photos.

Later on we headed over to watch the final round of Miss Asia and a talent show. Miss Asia 2011 is Ms. Phillipines. She was also Ms. Talent. During the talent portion Ms. Phillipines performed a traditional dance, which proved she was Ms. Talent! Her dance consisted of dancing in between beating{what looked like} bamboo sticks. Other talents included a traditional Thai dancer, several Chinese dancers, Indian dancing, and Karate. The festival was a successful and fun event. It was such a nice day despite the chance of rain.

Next year join us at the Asian Festival. We had so much fun!



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