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Ontario’s Obon festival draws a big crowd

Mike Iseri, co-president of the Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple in Ontario, was all smiles Saturday during the annual Obon Festival at Four Rivers Cultural Center. The festival offered traditional Japanese dishes, dances and demonstrations. (The Enterprise/Kristine de Leon).

ONTARIO - For as long as he can remember, Mike Iseri has been attending the Obon Festival hosted by the Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple.

On Saturday, Iseri was back at the festival as usual, chatting with friends and savoring the event’s cultural offerings and food.

“It’s a tradition,” said Iseri, co-president of the temple and one of the four logistics people for this year’s Obon, a traditional Japanese Buddhist festival. “It looks like a hit this year. I think we’re over capacity.”

Iseri estimates that over 600 people attended the festivities at the . . .