Thousands expected at "IndiaFest" on Saturday

Thousands expected at "IndiaFest" on Saturday

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"We're all full-time moms and full-time employees. We're very busy. So we had to carve some time out. Usually our practices are late at night when the kids are in bed and meals done. Then we get together and practice," Hemal Tailor explained. "We're all full-time moms and full-time employees. We're very busy. So we had to carve some time out. Usually our practices are late at night when the kids are in bed and meals done. Then we get together and practice," Hemal Tailor explained.
"We could not have even perceived an event like this 16 years ago. When we started this it was more for our community, and to bring India to them," Smita Borole said. "We could not have even perceived an event like this 16 years ago. When we started this it was more for our community, and to bring India to them," Smita Borole said.

LENOIR CITY (WATE) – Preparations were actively underway for "IndiaFest" Friday evening. The event will be held on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hindu Community Center on 8580 Hickory Creek Road.

Activities include several dance performances, food stalls, henna tattoos, a chance to take your picture in Indian clothing, yoga demonstrations, and a whole lot more.

Dancers were at the venue rehearsing on Friday.

"There will be a collection of dances from all over India," said Hemal Tailor, one of the dancers.

The dances come after much hard work in between busy schedules.

"We're all full-time moms and full-time employees. We're very busy. So we had to carve some time out. Usually our practices are late at night when the kids are in bed and meals done. Then we get together and practice," she explained.

Organizer Smita Borole moved to East Tennessee 16 years ago. She says at that time there wasn't even an Indian restaurant in town.

"We could not have even perceived an event like this 16 years ago. When we started this it was more for our community, and to bring India to them," Borole said.

But today, the event is no longer being targeted at hundreds, because the turnout is expected to be in the thousands.

Student volunteers from Farragut and Oak Ridge High Schools were at the community center Friday evening planning parking, and other aspects of managing a large crowd.

"It's well worth it. IndiaFest is a great event," Tailor said.

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