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For 43 years, thousands of Sikhs have converged on the town of Yuba for a grand celebration. Sikhs and other supporters from across the state, country and even Canada come together every year for the festival which celebrates the spirit of Sikh culture. “They say the Punjabi community is the hub; the main hub is Yuba City,” said Taj Singh, one of the festival’s 350 vendors. More than 20,000 Sikhs call Yuba City, the largest community in the United States, home. Organizers said the festival is the biggest outside Punjab and India. It gets even bigger with 100,000 people attending the three-day event. that is why we can succeed,” said Sarb Tierra, President of the Gurdwara Sahib Sikh Temple. Along with the family, the festival focuses on faith. Festival-goers are encouraged to visit the Sikh Temple in the center of the grounds to pray. Calkat, who lives in Yuba City, said she looks forward to the festival each year with visiting friends and family from Seattle, San Jose and Canada. She calls it a special Sikh family reunion. said the focus was on fresh food prepared right at the festival. “I don’t know what they are, but some of them are really, really hot and it burned my stomach,” Live Oaks’ Perry Hayden said with a smile. He pointed out that he likes to try all dishes, especially sweets. Sutter’s Jonette Bumgartner said she recognized the generosity of the Sikh community. “I’m here to support Sikhs like they support everyone and because it’s fun,” Bumgartner said. “It’s very quiet, very peaceful. You feel safe.” This is what the organizers want to hear by opening their culture to everyone. With the exception of the carnival rides, everything is free. The festival takes place at the Gurdwara Sahib Sikh Temple at 2468 Tierra Buena Road. There is a fireworks display at 9 p.m. on Fridays. Organizers are planning a special flag-raising ceremony for Saturday at 9 a.m. On Sunday, a parade procession will begin at 9 a.m. “It’s open to all cultures. We welcome everyone,” Singh said.

For 43 years, thousands of Sikhs have converged on the city of Yuba for a big party.

Sikhs and other supporters from across the state, country and even Canada come together every year for the festival that celebrates the spirit of Sikh culture.

“They say the Punjabi community is the hub; the main hub is Yuba City,” said Taj Singh, one of the festival’s 350 vendors.

More than 20,000 Sikhs call Yuba City, the largest community in the United States, home. Organizers said the festival is the biggest outside Punjab and India.

It gets even bigger with 100,000 people attending the three-day event.

“Every hotel, motel is booked. Every household has around 4-5 visiting families and that’s why we can achieve that,” said Sarb Tierra, President of Sikh Temple Gurdwara Sahib.

Along with the family, the festival focuses on faith. Festival-goers are encouraged to visit the Sikh Temple in the center of the grounds to pray.

“We have a good culture, a good spirit and it’s a very safe community here for our Sikhs and everyone else to learn about our religion,” Tierra said.

Tejander Calkat, who lives in Yuba City, said she looks forward to the festival every year with visiting friends and family from Seattle, San Jose and Canada. She calls it a special Sikh family reunion.

“It means a lot to me. I see so many people that I don’t normally see and not just my family but the whole community,” Calkat said.

Other event attendees said the focus was on fresh food prepared right at the festival.

“I don’t know what they are, but some of them are really, really hot and it’s burning my stomach,” Live Oaks’ Perry Hayden said with a smile.

He pointed out that he likes to try all dishes, especially sweets.

Sutter’s Jonette Bumgartner said she recognized the generosity of the Sikh community.

“I’m here to support Sikhs like they support everyone and because it’s fun,” Bumgartner said. “It’s very quiet, very peaceful. You feel safe.”

This is what organizers who open their culture to everyone want to hear. With the exception of the carnival rides, everything is free.

The festival takes place at the Gurdwara Sahib Sikh Temple at 2468 Tierra Buena Road. There is a fireworks display at 9 p.m. on Fridays. Organizers are planning a special flag-raising ceremony for Saturday at 9 a.m. On Sunday, a parade procession will begin at 9 a.m.

“It’s open to all cultures. We welcome everyone,” Singh said.