EUSTIS — The 17th Annual Eustis African-American Heritage Festival is on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Eustis High Curtright Campus, located at 1801 Bates Ave.
As the oldest African-American heritage festival in Lake County, the event is more than just a one-day get-together. The festivities begin on Sunday, Feb. 14, at 6 p.m. with the Nubian Pageant at the Eustis Community Center, located at 601 Northshore Drive.
Tickets are available at the door for $3. On Friday, Feb. 19, the 12th Annual Black Achievers’ Award Banquet is at 7 p.m. at the Eustis Community Center. This semi-formal gala honors current and former Eustis resident achievers. Suggested donation for admission into the banquet is $25.
The big events begin Feb. 20 with the Eustis African-American Heritage Parade. Beginning at 10 a.m., numerous entries in the parade will march along Bates Avenue ending at the Eustis High Curtright Campus.
The end of the parade signals the beginning of the Annual Eustis African-American Heritage Festival from 12 to 5 p.m. The festival features soul food, cultural exhibits, African art, crafts, entertainment and activities for children.
About 75 vendors are expected at the event, including booths sponsored by community and health services, which will provide information about the help they provide to the community. A variety of musical entertainment is provided at the festival, such as gospel groups featuring rap, R&B, jazz and blues music.
For more information about the 17th Annual Eustis African-American Heritage Festival, call (352) 404-3485.