By J. LEE
AAP staff writer
ST. PAUL (August 13, 2011) — Lining the State Capitol mall was a tent city of activities for the India Association of Minnesota’s 2011 India Fest.
Once visitors made their way past both the State Capitol renovation and the Light Rail construction they were bale to enjoy activities from food, exhibits, vendors, and entertainment for all ages.
Bounce Air provided about 10 air filled rides and activities for the children, much like the rides at the State Fair’s Midway. The newest air filled ride was an obstacle course that looked like those seen on TV game shows.
St. Paul Police exhibited a squad car for children and adults to sit inside and talk to a police officer about what its like to patrol with all the technology and horsepower.
Nonprofit organizations, state and federal agencies, and for-profit businesses lined the mall with the focus on what’s of interest to Asian Indians. There was a long line to the free health screenings provided by Health East and Boston Scientific both under their tent and in their ambulance.
The entertainment included cultural dances, singing and even a magic show were held at the main stage under the Big Tent.