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Roots and Heritage Festival: sunshine and 'the fellowship of it all'

Orlando Hill, left, discussed an African musical instrument with vendor Fofana Issiyakha at the African Marketplace, part of the Roots and Heritage Festival.
Orlando Hill, left, discussed an African musical instrument with vendor Fofana Issiyakha at the African Marketplace, part of the Roots and Heritage Festival.

Good food, lively music and vendors selling everything from sunglasses to African artwork are the staples of the annual Roots and Heritage Festival, which is going on this weekend for the 23rd year.

The African marketplace and street festival continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday on Elm Tree Lane in Lexington.

On Saturday afternoon, CD sellers were blasting their wares as people enjoyed the beautiful weather and good company.

Kavardas Robertson, who moved to Lexington from New York three months ago, works for a cable company. He said a customer told him "they couldn't wait to come get some fish."

So Robertson decided to do the same.

"It's really good," he said.

He said he was enjoying the atmosphere at the festival.

"It's the busiest place I've been since I've been here," he said.

Francine Walker said she likes the opportunity the festival gives her to return to the neighborhood she grew up in and see people she hasn't seen in a long time.

"Just the fellowship of it all," she said, "it's just bringing you back to your roots."

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