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Columbus will get another taste of a Chinese festival that has similarities to Thanksgiving.
The Columbus Chinese Association will celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival on Sept. 14 at Ceraland Park with games, fellowship and lots of food — anything from homemade dishes, such as wontons, to a delectable Chinese barbecue and sweet moon cake.
The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, has similarities to Thanksgiving in that it focuses on spending time with friends and family and giving thanks for a good harvest.
About 200 people attended last year, said Eugene Chen, one of the board members of the CCA.
Chen, a native of Tainan, Taiwan, came to the U.S. in 2010 to obtain his master’s degree from the University of Illinois. He moved to Columbus in January 2012 to work for Cummins in human resources.
Chen said the organization will provide a Chinese barbecue, with meats flavored with Chinese spices, including spicy red pepper. Additional food will be catered by a local Chinese restaurant, and guests can bring a homemade dish to avoid the $5 entrance fee.
The day’s activities, which are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and end between 2 and 3 p.m., also will include six stations for games or challenges for adults and children. Participants will have a set amount of time to complete each of the stations, which may offer tasks such as solving a riddle to doing Chinese calligraphy and throwing a ball into a basket.
“There will be a lot of people running around,” Chen said with a laugh.
The festival will take place at the park’s shelter near the driving range.
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