TAVARES — The 10th Annual Tavares African-American Heritage Festival is a free family friendly, cultural and educational event celebrating the contributions of African Americans in Lake County and surrounding communities.
The festival, themed “Celebrating Our Heritage,” takes place Saturday, Feb. 1 at Wooton Park, 100 E. Ruby St., Tavares, with the 7th Annual African-American Heritage Parade kicking off at 10 a.m. Opening ceremonies will follow at 11 a.m. and the event ends at 4 p.m.
As in past years, guests can expect gospel choirs, arts and crafts, praise dancers and health screenings.
“This annual event centers around a fun, family-friendly atmosphere and is sure to be enjoyed by all who attend,” said Robert Chandler, Lake County’s director of economic development and tourism. “The picturesque setting of downtown Tavares, along with the numerous activities and events, are ideal for drawing not only residents, but many visitors from across Central Florida.”
The Tavares African-American Heritage Organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization celebrating the contributions of African-Americans. Its goal is to provide cultural, educational, religious, civic and charitable contributions to the community.
To learn how to participate in the festival as a vendor or performer, call Pastor Mike Watkins at 352-406-9608 or Sheila Short at 352-742-3063.