The American Islamic Association holds its annual community fair and picnic this weekend. Find out what to expect and check out what last year's event was like.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Joe Vince
Saturday, June 9, 2012
For members of the American Islamic Association, the annual community fair and picnic is the equivalent of inviting a bunch of neighbors over to the house to enjoy a relaxing summer day. But in this case, the house is a house of worship, Frankfort's mosque, which opened in 2006 and sparked this event. And the neighbors are anyone from Frankfort, as well as the surrounding communities in the area. NEWSLETTERS: Subscribe for Headlines and Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox "I just love the fact that neighbors do come out and interact firsthand with Muslims," said Khalid Mozaffar, the communications and outreach director for AIA, in an interview last year about the fair. "I just love seeing the reaction, especially the first time people …
Despite the heat, attendees enjoyed food, vendors and other attractions at Sunday's event, hosted by the American Islamic Association.
It was fun in the sun during the American Islamic Association's sixth annual community fair, which was Sunday. The event invited attendees to enjoy food and other fare at the AIA mosque at 8860 W. St. Francis Road. “We sent out mailers to our neighbors inviting everyone to the event today,” said Khalid Mozaffar, who helped organize the event. “It really worked out, and we had both Muslim and non-Muslim attendees today, which is great. We wanted to show our neighbors and the community we're not secluded and actually very welcoming.” The fair, which ran from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., drew nearly 20 vendors for attendees to purchase goods and services from. Saima Mozaffar, who was selling her original oil paintings and greeting cards at her booth, said…