After 43 years, annual festival still draws huge crowd celebrating culture and tradition

Mr. Clarence Davis, Union, AL, in keeping with a longtime tradition, opened the 43rd annual Black Belt Folk Roots Festival, Saturday, August 25 in Eutaw, (Greene County) AL. Davis was accompanied in his Ole Timey Blues renditions by Jock Webb on harmonica, Jontavious Willis on guitar and other bluesmen in back up. In the realm of Ole Timey Gospel on Sunday August 26, Ms.Eddie Mae Brown is joined by Glory to Glory Gospel Singers, Loretta Wilson, Kinya Isaac Turner and Kimberly Isaac Burrell as they touched the soul and spirit of the audience, lifting them to their feet in hallelujah praising. Mrs. Meloneal Hobson, of Sawyerville, AL, dazzled everyone with intricately sown quilts. Ms. Kiesha Parham made her debut at the festival with her originally designed candy apples and flavored popcorn.Jasmine Coleman, newcomer to the festival, draws attention to her original works of art. Greene County schools superintendent Dr. James Carter waits to sample the down home cooking of Ms. Rita Sands Mahoney. Mynecia Steele, second from left, with her sister DeShayla, displays t-shirts with her original designs celebrating her hometown, Eutaw. Rev. Joe N. Webb of New Generation Church leads the Men of Promise Gospel Group at the Festival’s Ole Timey Gospel Program.

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