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Banana Festival to celebrate 5th year in Sacramento

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The fifth annual Banana Festival in Sacramento, CA will take place on Aug. 9-10, 2014 with an anticipated attendance of 8,000 or more visitors. The event is all about celebrating banana cuisine but is also a festival produced to support youth arts, health and wellness. William Land Park located at 3800 W. Land Park Drive, Sacramento will be the festival location this year.

Visitors can expect to encounter a "multicultural event celebrating the cultures of Asia, Africa and the Americas that use the banana as a source of food, art and culture." The 2014 Banana Festival will offer "programs and events for the entire family, including live, age-appropriate entertainment on three stages, with the world-famous Velocity Circus Troupe performing multiple times on both days. Other featured acts will include Texas Blues Band, Compañía Mazatlán Bellas Artes de Sacramento (CMBA), Pan West Caribbean Steelpan Music by Harry Best; Urban Fire; Soma Sila Polynesian Dance; Latin Magic Band; College Fund Band; Umoja African Dance Interactive Show; Paul Ryan Band and more."

The festival will also feature a "Chef’s Challenge, banana pancake breakfast provided by the Laguna Creek Lions Club, Banana Split-Eating Contest, fashion show, youth chess tournament, teen talent competition, community line-dancing, Banana Salsa Dance Competition, kiddie carnival rides, and lots of banana cuisine, from banana pudding to banana salsa to banana bread."

The Sacramento Banana Festival runs 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday with general admission tickets costing $5. More information can be found at the Banana Festival official website. The festival is drug and alcohol-free and offers a wide variety of health and wellness and environmentally themed activities for families.

"The Banana Festival is produced by National Youth Academic Corps and the Sojourner Truth Museum, which provides year-round arts, educational and health and wellness programming serving more than 15,000 at-risk youth from all communities in the Greater Sacramento area. Other participating non-profit organizations include Laguna Creek Lions Club, B.E.S.T (Building Empowerment Skills Today), Fenix Drum and Dance Company, Star’s Power Program, Southside Arts Center, Spiritual Life Center, Western Service Workers Association, YYS girls softball team, Samba Sila Polynesian Cultural, Yisrael Family Farm, Sol Collective, Compañía Mazatlán Bellas Artes de Sacramento (CMBA), and the Brazilian Art Center."

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