Athens seniors Christina Bouey and Ellory Thill show off their bindis in the late evening light at the school’s Ethnic Fair. (photo by Rodney Curtis)
“We’re just listening to music and enjoying our time here,” said Athens High senior Nisha Desai as she broke into a spontaneous dance with some of her friends in the school’s cafeteria. “This is basically just a bunch of countries getting together and representing their culture. It’s an amazing event. It brings our entire school together.”
Over twenty different cultures were on display Wednesday night at Athens for their annual Ethnic Fair with See The World In Color as the theme.
“Ethnic Fair is run by Diversity Club. Everyone brings food and you get a little taste of every country,” said senior Yuki Obayashi.
The Ethnic Fair celebrates the multitude of cultures and ethnicities at Athens. The mix was impressive. Senior Maica Mori, wearing a Japanese yukata helped out at the French table. “Right now, there are hundreds of people coming in to explore the different cultures Athens has on display tonight. It’s very, very diverse.”
Junior Dhruv Garg grabbed bites of Italian food in between setting up lights on his Indian display. “It’s been pretty fun,” he said.
With tables of food and drink scattered through the venue, the fair fare was wide spread.
“All the food here is good, so it’s fun,” said senior Joey Pongrac.
“It’s really eventful so far. The food’s great. So far, I really like the Vietnamese stir-fried rice,” said senior Isaac Cooper.
Senior Victoria Tran, dressed in Vietnamese garb exclaimed “It’s fun. I like talking to all these people.”
Four-year-old Nolla Chiang said her favorite foods were “Chocolate and sushi.”
“I think this is incredible, the different cultures with the different food and displays all in one place. You get a chance to learn a lot in a short time,” said phys. ed teacher Duane Goulbourne.
After all the food was consumed, the crowd filed into the auditorium to watch an international fashion show as well as singing and dancing from around the world.
“It’s really fun to see all the different cultures,” concluded senior Joyce Chen.