Banana Festival 2013 Is Right Around The Corner

DSC_0372SACRAMENTO – The supporter and organizers for upcoming Fourth Annual Sacramento Banana Festival are extending a special invitation to the community in hopes of getting additional assistance for the event.

The festival is scheduled for Aug. 10 and 11 at William Land Park. Part of the proceeds benefit the Sojourner Truth Multicultural Museum, though the funds this year will partly fund a new and exciting project.

“Raising funds from the Sacramento Banana Festival is very important this year because the Sojourner Truth Museum is moving into a new space provided by the Sacramento City Unified School District,” said Shonna McDaniel, the event’s organizer and the museum’s director. “It will help us expand our services and reach to more kids in our community. We are trying to take the museum to the next level.”

The Sojourner Truth Multicultural Museum is currently located in the business complex at the corner of 24th Street and Florin Road. The museum has been housed in the complex since 1996.

Two months after the banana festival, the museum will move to a facility on the the grounds of Freeport Elementary School on Meadowview Road. The school was closed by the SCUSD in 2012 for budget reasons. The museum will share the facility with an elementary charter school that moved in the year after Freeport Elementary was closed to the public.

“We just don’t have enough space in our current place,” McDaniel said. “The new space will have more space and more opportunities.

The Sacramento Banana Festive is a multicultural event celebrating different cultures in Asia, Africa and the Americas who use the banana as a source of food, art and culture. This year’s theme is “Banana Mania.”

Last year, the event pulled in more than 7,500 attendees. This year’s event is a collaboration with the Ventura, Calif. Banana Festival to attract audiences in cities throughout Northern California. The unification is expected to strengthen the outreach to families on a regional level.

Tickets to the 2013 Sacramento Banana Festival are $5 and can be purchased at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6587963777. Attendees can also purchase the 2013 Fourth Annual Banana Festival T-Shirt today, for only $12.00.
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By Antonio Harvey
OBSERVER Staff Writer