Nebraskans are proud of their ethnic heritage and hold celebrations statewide to honor those traditions. There is a new one this year added to the line-up of fun and entertainment.
Tess Anisco is the owner of Awesome Egg Rolls in Omaha and says, “This is going to be the first Nebraska Asian Festival at the Lewis and Clark Landing on July 28th. it is geared toward almost everybody. It is going to be a family oriented event with cultural performances for whole 13 hours.”
Some of those events include cultural dance, an egg roll eating contest, sumo wrestling, yo-yo championships, a Tibetan monk blessing, bonsai displays, origami making, martial arts and a variety of art and fitness demonstrations. The day will begin and end with exotic lion dances, a fiery knife dance by the Pacific Island Dancers, plenty of food, music and an Asian beer garden.
Anisco says, “I am inspired by the other diversity events going on in Omaha and I wanted to have an Asian festival because there are a lot of Asian people and there are a lot of people interested in the Asian culture. I wanted to share my Asian heritage and have everyone enjoy and learn from it.”
The festival will start at 8 a.m. with the blessing and yoga and officially start at 9 a.m. Admission is $5 for adults and children under 12 free. Anisco hopes to grow the event for years to come.