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About 300 people showed up to the first ever Levy County African American Festival Saturday in Bronson.
The festival was organized by the group Women on a Mission from Christ and had food, musical entertainment, poetry readings and about 20 vendors, according to Beatrice Mongo, Bronson vice-mayor and representative of the organizing group.
“It was actually really good this morning,” Mongo said of the event later in the afternoon. “We had a really good crowd.”
Visitors to the festival came from all over Levy County, according to Mongo. She said many came up to her during the event and said it should happen every year. Mongo said she agreed, though planning for the event would happen a little earlier than it did this year. The festival was conceived just a few months ago, and getting the word out was a bit of a challenge, she said, though the womens group was committed to the task.
“We just decided we could do more,” she said. “A lot of kids don’t know the history of African Americans.”
Willie Brown, of Bronson, said he enjoyed the event and plans to attend next year, as well. He said the festival was an important way for area residents to get together and celebrate Black History Month.
“My favorite part was just seeing people get together,” he said.