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The 28th Annual Manassas African-American Heritage Festival brought large crowds to Metz Middle School on Aug. 4 for art, music, history, crafts and food, and a broad array of community organizations offering resources to area residents.

Curtis Porter, vice chairman of the Manassas African-American Heritage Festival, has been involved with the festival from the beginning and is pleased at its continued popularity. “It started with a group of friends to celebrate heritage and history, and it’s grown every year,” Porter said.

One of the big attractions at the festival is also its foundation of providing connections to city and county services, as well as local charitable organizations. Community service organizations were offered free spaces to connect with residents for counseling, free screenings and education about local services. Again this year, festival organizers had piles of school supplies they were handing out to Manassas area students.

Organizers estimated more than 4,000 people attended the day-long event and said they ran out of space for vendors. Porter places the popularity on a simple concept: “Getting together, communicating, and having a great time.”

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mrsevw85

John 14:14 Italian Ice was a tasty cup of coolness on such a HOT day! I had mango Italian ice, which hit the spot in beating the heat! Good luck and continued success for the owners.

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