African Cultural Festival pays tribute to history - WNEM TV 5

African Cultural Festival pays tribute to history

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Rochelle Gilmer has been a vendor at the Saginaw African Cultural Festival for more than 30 years.

“We have lots of fun, and I love the food,” Gilmer said.

And she says it never fails to be a great weekend.

“This year I see a couple new faces this year, so that lets us know the word is out in the community that we here,” Gilmer said.

Lawrence Brooks is the president of this year’s festival.

“When the people are all together, the energy level is really high and just the comradery of people coming together and just having fun,” Brooks said.

He said it's important to keep it going for the cultural history it represents

“The community is predominantly African-American and just keeping our younger people in tune to our roots and our history and keeping the culture alive,” Brooks said.

Throughout the weekend visitors can enjoy plenty of crafts and activities for the kids, and live performances every night.

Every year, one of the festival favorites is, of course, the great food.

“Oh I like the tacos and the ribs and the dinners on Sunday,” Gilmer said. “People are very friendly and everybody seem to know each other.”

Brooks said, “It's fun, just come out and have a good time.”

For more information the weekend of events, check out the Saginaw African Cultural Festival Facebook page.

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