By Nisha Vedi Pawar NYC Events Reporter
June 16th was the first annual Asian American Fair held at Garden State Expo Center in Somerset, New Jersey. Tickets were $2 and it was an all day event starting with a commencement ceremony and ending with a live concert including singers from the well known show, SaReGaPa. The event was a “mela” of sort, which was held indoors and filled with clothing & jewelry stalls, various food vendors, a fresh sugar cane juice stand, mehndi stalls, and more.
The goal is to provide an annual event to help spread South Asian culture for kids and adults to enjoy. During the afternoon portion there were a variety of fashion shows from numerous local fashion boutiques and dance group competitions and performances with dancers ranging from toddlers to adults.
Excitement was high with sounds and sights of South Asia.
“I think it’s important to expose my children to these kinds of functions so that it gives them an idea of the Indian culture,” said
mother of two, Neha Mehta of East Brunswick, NJ.
Piya Paulus of South Brunswick, echoed these sentiments and said her children have been dancing from the age of one. Local moms like herself have their children attend summer dance sessions and classes so that they can perform at community events like this throughout the year and be in touch with their culture all while having fun.
The Asian American Fair was a great family event which catered to all age groups. This event will be held annually, so stay on the lookout and mark your calendars for next years Asian American Fair!