At the Twin Cities Hmong festival, athletes, artists and food share top bill

Arts & Culture ·

1 Dancers in Hmong costume with traditional elements from Iny Asian Dancer Theater take part in the Hmong Freedom Celebration and sports festival on Friday, July 4, 2014 at Como Park in St. Paul.  
2 More than 20,000 people visited the two-day event, hosted by the Lao Family Foundation, one of largest international gathering of Hmong people in the world over the weekend. 
3 The festival has grown to three stages of entertainment, including dancers from the Iny Asian Dancer Theater. 
4 Clothing on sale at the Hmong Freedom Celebration and sports festival on Friday, July 4, 2014 at Como Park in St. Paul. 
5 Rambutan on sale at the festival. The fruit is similar to lychee. 
6 Lillian Vang, 15, a dancer from Iny Asian Dancer Theater, dressed in a traditional Hmong clothing. 
7 Heavenly Yang, 12 and Xue Feng Lee, dancers from Iny Asian Dancer Theater. 
8 Dancers from Ntxhais Tshwj Xeeb. The group, whose name means special girls, performed during the festival. 
9 Shenny Yang stands by her son, Anbon, 1, as she watches performers at Como Park in St. Paul. An unidentified woman stand beside them. 
10 Nancy Lis prepares for the Miss Hmong Teen Pageant. This year the festival expanded to have three separate stages for performances in addition to all of the sports. 
11 The Miss Hmong Teen Pageant on one of three stages at Como Park in St. Paul. 
12 Baby chickens turn over the fire at the Hmong Freedom Celebration and sports festival on Friday. 
13 Chia Her stirs peanuts for a papaya salad. 
14 One hundred and fifty teams filled McMurray fields. While the soccer tournament is the best known event to be held over the weekend, there are many more sports represented, including volleyball and flag football. 
15 Competitions include soccer, flag football, volleyball and traditional Hmong sports. 
16 Spectators watch a soccer game at McMurray. 
17 Men and women's teams competed in soccer, football and volleyball at the McMurray fields. 
18 Cydi Yang, a quarterback for the Majors, a women's flag football team, and Paul Vang, an offensive lineman for the Villagers, a men's flag football team. 
19 Men and women compete in flag football. 
20 Thor Yang practices for the Boom Bap Village's break-dancing competition. 
21 Thor Yang of St. Paul competes in the Boom Bap Village's break-dancing competition.