Kuumba seeking pageantparticipants and vendors

By Abby Hackmann - [email protected]

LAURINBURG — The Kuumba Festival is looking for vendors and contestants to take part in its 25th annual celebration planned for September.

Kuumba, which means for creativity in Swahili, celebrates African-American heritage through food, dance, music and storytelling. This year the festival will be held Sept. 26, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in Market Park. The festival is free, but donations are accepted and contribute to next year’s festival.

Kuumba organizers also looking for contestants between 8 and 24 to participate in the 13th annual Miss Kuumba pageant planned for 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at the I. Ellis Johnson School.

The winner of the pageant will be crowned at the festival the next day. All participants will receive a trophy and the individuals that win will receive their own crown and a bouquet of flowers. They will also have a vehicle to ride in during the Christmas Parade for further honor.

Registration and orientation for pageant contestants will be held at Bright Hopewell Baptist Church on Aug. 25 and Aug. 27 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Those wishing to serve as food or arts and crafts vendors during the festival, can download an application at www.kuumbafestnc.com. Vendor applications include details about booth options, size, and price. There are also details about set-up and dismantling times for vendors. The deadline for submitting a vendor application and payment is Sept.19. Applications submitted after that date will include an additional $10 fee.

For information, contact Bettie McNair at 910-276-4345.

Abby Hackmann can be reached at 910-506-3171.

By Abby Hackmann

[email protected]

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