India Day at Harrisburg Area Community College drew about 10,000 visitors last year, according to the organizers, and why is that?

They go for the food, cooking demonstrations, Indian items for sale, crafts, and live stage performances of Bollywood dances. Local, state, and federal politicians are expected to attend, according to the festival's website,

It's back on Aug. 8. The event is free. Parking is also free. Two other good reasons to go.

Vendors will be selling Indian clothing, jewelry, art work and ornaments, among other items. For the children, a bouncy house, face painting, chess games, a sit-and-draw competition and other activities will be offered. To join the drawing competition, register here.

Some of the food vendors will be: Aangan Classic Indian and Nepalese Cuisine, Bombay Junction restaurant, a dosa booth, Laxmi's Indian Grille, a pani puri booth, Passage to India restaurant, and Taj Palace.

Colleges from the region as well as local business professionals will also have booths at the event, organized by the Asian Indian Americans of Central Pennsylvania.

The festival runs from 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

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