Thousands of area visitors celebrate Kansas City’s India Fest

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – While thousands of people packed Arrowhead Stadium for the Chiefs game Sunday, several thousand more stopped by the Overland Park Convention Center for this year’s India Fest.

Brijpal Singh is the president of the India Association of Kansas City. He says more than 8,000 visitors came to the event.

“People are having a good time and it really looks like a very festival appearance here. If you can see all around, there are all sorts of decorations and it looks like a festive occasion,” said Singh.

The festival boasted traditional food, clothing, and henna tattoos. Dozens of vendors set up shop. Smiling faces took in the sights and sounds of a fashion show.

Organzier Rajesh Gupta said, “We had a lot of hard work in the last six to eight months, planning. Today we get the fruits of our hard work. We want the non-Indian people to come here and see the Indian culture.”

People like Pat Antonopoulos who brought her two grandsons to India Fest.

“My best friend was an Indian woman with whom I corresponded for years and years, and I love the culture. I love the beauty of it,” said Antonopoulos.

Her five-year-old grandson, Henry, was very specific about what he said.

“I like a lot of it. We saw bean-bag tossing and we saw jewels and clothes and a lot of Indian stuff,” said Henry.

The vice president of the India Association of Kansas City, Garima Yadav, said, “I could’ve never imagined when I moved to Kansas City ten years back that this is the kind of day I’d be looking forward to. It is certainly a matter of great pride for us and that’s what’s been kicking us the past three years and we hope to carry it forward.”

Sunday’s event was the third India Fest. Planners told FOX 4 more than 10,000 people who live in the metro are from India.