This idea was soon turned into a reality and first ethnic festival was held on October 27, 1972. We named it “Festival of Nations”. It was held at the Hudson Valley Community Collage.It was welcomed so much that thousands of people had to be turned away. The following year we moved to the RPI Field House to be able to accommodate everybody. In 1978, when the Convention Center at theEmpire State Plaza in Albany was built and ready for us, we moved there. This was a more central location and had modern equipment and facilities.