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African-American Cultural Arts Festival in Charlottesville

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Food and art vendors filled Washington Park for the festival. Food and art vendors filled Washington Park for the festival.

Saturday was a day of celebration of African-American culture in Charlottesville. The African-American Cultural Arts Festival was held in Washington Park.

The festival is now in its 24th year. The event honors different aspects of African-American heritage including song and dance. Vendors served up plenty of food and art. A health clinic provided information and screenings for medical issues ranging from diabetes to vision.

There were several performances -- including Jamal, the Story Man. Organizer Hilda Ward says she finds something different to enjoy each year.

"It's a time for people to come together and enjoy each other and I love the fact that we have all ages and all cultures," she said.

Performances in the evening included a line dance and group called Double Faces.

Organizers say they are already planning a bigger celebration for next year to mark the festival's 25th anniversary.

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