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Lufkin Heritage Festival educates community on various cultures

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

 Saturday Lufkin residents were surrounded by various cultures and traditions at the city's 8th Annual Heritage Festival.

"There is always going to be something to learn," said Barbara Thompson, Main Street Director.

The Lufkin Civic Center was filled with vendors representing various cultures. Each booth had foods, clothes and art from various backgrounds, giving festival goers a small taste of a culture outside of their own.

"We learn so many different things about each other," said Thompson.

Mina Patel participated in the event, she was a part of storytelling for young children, the twist ,the story was read in four different languages.

 Patel says the festival gives many a new perspective on a culture they may not have known much about.

"There are so many different languages and people here and this festival is to meet new people," said Patel.

The festival also featured different styles of dance including tap, zumba, African and Indian.

 Patel says the festival is a fun way to try things out of the ordinary and an easy way to meet people   while learning about they're background.

"I've made a bunch of new friends and they also ask how we came here and what are you doing here and this is really from another world to their world," said Patel.

 Officials say the heritage festival mirrors the identity of our nation and offers a closer look into history.

"We are a great melting pot in the United States so even in our community we are a great melting pot and everyone just loves to come find out about each other," said Thompson.

 A tradition officials hope continues for generations.

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