Preparations for Japanese Obon Festival in Santa Maria underway

SANTA MARIA, Calif. – Preparations for Sunday’s Japanese Obon Festival in Santa Maria is underway.

This 110-year-old tradition is put on to honor the participants’ ancestors.

Organizers said it’s also a family-friendly cultural event for everyone.

Visitors can take part in the Obon Odori dance, Japanese food, entertainment and a variety of exhibits.

The Obon Festival will be held at the Veteran’s Memorial Community Center in Santa Maria on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. To 6:00 p.m.

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