Eighth Annual Ethnic Festival

By Adam Chick

October 13, 2012 Updated Oct 16, 2012 at 9:16 AM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Organizers are extremely proud of the results of this years ethnic festival in Binghamton.

Hundreds came out to enjoy some different food and learn about other cultures.

Broome County is a melting pot of ethnic diversity.

There are over 120 countries of origin represented in the region, many of which were highlighted at the ethnic festival.

"It's really important that once a year everyone gets together. And you might not be used to seeing Ukrainians, or Irish, or Italians in your everyday life so when we come together once a year we all kind of learn from each other," said Jim Worhach.

Food is enjoyed, and stories are shared.

Stories like Nancy Korva's.

She's of Czech descent and her mom's story is quite amazing.

"My mother came here when she was 10 years old. She held her bother's hand who was 9. They came across on the ocean. It took them a week to come across before they went to Ellis Island. My grandparents were already in America. They sent money to the old country so that my mom and my uncle could come to America," said Nancy Korva.

"It's all about learning about each other and working together as we live here in Broome County," said Worhach.

Working together, and enjoying some great foods.

"You could travel the world just by the foods that we have and the great performances. It's a great way to expose ourselves to really everything that's out there," said Worhach.

Unfortunately if you missed the Ethnic Festival Saturday you won't be able to catch it again until next year.

All of the money raised at today's event will go towards putting the festival on again next year.

If there's any money left over it will go to various charities.

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