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TRENTON, N.J.--Mercer County and the surrounding areas boast a dizzying array of ethnicities, languages, religions and beliefs. In celebration of this great richness of culture, a series of cultural heritage festivals will take place at Mercer County Park Festival Grounds on Old Trenton Road in West Windsor in late August, September and October.

On Saturday, Aug. 30, and Sunday, Aug. 31, the 12th Grand Indo-American Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Mercer County Park Festival Grounds. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend to celebrate and explore cultural delights of South Asia. The event will draw many talented artists and performers as well as vendors from many states, and will showcase Indian art, jewelry, traditional dress, paintings and brass work. Admission is $2. For more information, visit http://indoamericanfair.com or contact the organization at 609-937-2806 or 609-240-2350 or 609-937-2800. For general inquiry, please call 609-712-6782 or e-mail indoamericanfair@yahoo.com.

On Saturday, Sept. 6, and Sunday, Sept. 7, the fourth annual Mercer Irish Fest will be held at Mercer County Park Festival Grounds beginning at 10 a.m. The festival, sponsored by the Trenton Irish Heritage Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, will provide entertainment for all ages, many vendors of Irish goods, cultural education and performances by local bands. Admission is $5. For more information, visit www.merceririshfest.com.

Central Jersey is also well known for its large Italian-American population, the culture of which will be celebrated at the 15th annual Italian American Festival of Mercer County on Sept. 26, 27 and 28 at Mercer County Park Festival Grounds. The three-day extravaganza, organized by the Mercer County Italian-American Festival Association, will feature a piazza of delicious Italian food, an Italian market, a heritage pavilion with more than 200 displays of memorabilia of famous Italian-Americans and other Italian products, a bocce area, a cultural theater, folk dancers and singers, big band music, opera, known performers, amusement rides and a fireworks display. Festival hours are Friday, Sept. 26, 3 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 27, noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 28, noon to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for senior citizens; children 12 and under can attend for free. For more information, visit www.italianamericanfestival.com.

To cap off the season, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and the Board of Chosen Freeholders will present the annual Mercer County Cultural Festival, also at Mercer County Park Festival Grounds, on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival will celebrate diverse cultures through traditional food, live music and dance performances, and will also feature artists exploring their heritage in their art and crafts. Admission and parking are free. For more information, or if you are interested in being a vendor, please call 609-278-2712 or e-mail culturalfestival@mercercounty.org.