Wearing a “#1 Dad” T-blouse, Ram Malhotra adjusted his stance slightly as he stood on a level set up within the amphitheater in Carroll Creek Linear Park on Sunday, facing off in opposition to a Muay Thai kickboxing instructor.

As the announcer gave the all-clean, Malhotra swayed ahead and pivoted at his hips, aiming a powerful kick proper into the training pad held by the teacher, inflicting the martial artist to step lower back with a surprised grunt. It became clean Malhotra changed into hitting his stride some extra kicks in, eliciting impressed statement from the announcer and drawing cheers from his wife and children looking inside the crowd of spectators at Frederick’s first actual Thai New Years Water Festival.

“Wow, that become astounding!” The announcer yelled after the display before turning to factor on the smiling Muay Thai instructor. “Someone get him a Tylenol!”

Sitting backpedal with his circle of relatives, Malhotra took a couple of minutes to reward the pageant as the correct Father’s Day interest.

“We heard about it on Facebook, my spouse clearly planned this out and said, ‘Let’s do that for Father’s Day,’ and it’s been a whole lot of amusing for every body, however I’ll admit I didn’t assume I’d grow to be doing that!” Malhotra said, gesturing again to the degree in which the kickboxing trainer had reduced the pad to permit a young woman to get in a few tentative kicks.

While Malhotra, a 44-year-old from Rockville, hasn’t practiced a fight martial artwork on account that he skilled in Hung Fut Kung Fu in high college, he currently took up aerobic kickboxing lessons to preserve in shape.

“I guess that helped,” he said with a smile.

Elsewhere on the pageant, which spanned the creek from South Market Street to the amphitheater, Gurpreet Kaur, the president of the Board of Directors for the Asian American Center of Frederick, said the event changed into planned to be simply the family-pleasant revel in that Malhotra defined.

“It’s our first time ever here in Frederick having this festival,” Kaur said at the AACF’s tent near South Market Street, explaining how the owners of Sumittra Thai Cuisine, came up with the idea to have a good time the conventional water competition that rings within the New Year in Thailand. “… They commonly do this competition in April, however, because the climate right here is quite bloodless nevertheless in April, we chose to keep it in June.”

Along with the kickboxing demonstrations, traditional Thai dances, tune and a style display occupied the center degree at distinct instances all through the competition, which commenced Saturday and persevered Sunday. Different providers, both local and from out-of-country, coated the creek in the course of the competition’s run, promoting everything from handmade garb to toys and traditional Thai meals, like khanom bueang, a traditional Thai dessert, as well as bird skewers and pad Thai stir-fry noodles and rice.

For many neighborhood — and out-of-state — businesses, the festival offered a welcome boon for the early summer season.

Even late within the final day of the competition on Sunday, lengthy traces fashioned outside a number of the meals tents as advantageous reviews unfold through phrase-of-mouth among competition-goers. As buyers covered up along the creek, Von Sokkor grinned fortunately as his son, Sunny Sokkor worked on a sparkling batch of pad thai noodles in a large dish over a fuel-fueled burner.

“We drove -and-a-half hours, all the way up from Colonial Beach, Virginia to be right here for the pageant,” Von Sokkor said, explaining how his enterprise, Suki Cuisine, had learned approximately the festival thru a chum who volunteers with the Asian American Center of Frederick. “It’s the first time we came here [to Frederick] and it’s very nice, I suppose we will be back quickly.”

And if the companies go back for the pageant subsequent yr, just like the Asian American Center of Frederick hopes they’ll, they’ll possibly no longer be wanting for new customers.

Back at the primary degree, forty-12 months-antique Araman Adams, who drove to Frederick from Hagerstown along with his family to attend the pageant, stated he could probably be back to Frederick a lot quicker to spend the $seventy five really worth of Sumittra present certificate he won in a gamble in the course of the pageant.

“Being retired, I’m a chunk of a food gourmand,” Adams stated with fun. “So, for, me, that is a outstanding occasion. I’m simply glad I stepped far from the family for a little bit to buy some lottery tickets!”