Attending this event is a long standing tradition in our family since our kids were little. It’s a great family event, with lots of children’s activities, and plenty of room for them to run around. There are three venues for music and dance going on simultaneously, so there’s always something of interest, from jazz and gospel to reggae and world music, from African and Asian dance troupes to belly dancers and country western line dancers. As always, the “crafts” are a mixed bag, with more business ventures than artisans, but I’m always able to pick up my annual pair of handcrafted earrings. And the whole scene is scented with the smells of the food vendors churning out ethnic and carnival-style street food. But I think the reason I love it so much is just the crowd—college students mixed with locals, lots of young families, and plenty of the artsy liberal aging hippie types (my kind of people). People who think a celebration of diversity is a good thing, not an irritation.
The scene in front of Trinkle Hall:
There were a couple of these big smokers on Ball Circle, filling the air with the scent of grilling meat:
We chose the Jamaican stand...
for this fried trout with sweet potato fries:
Mystic Vibrations, a reggae band:
Unusual twisty-wire figures:
A Hawaiian shave ice treat, complete with palm tree decor:
No cloggers this year, but I took this photo of Black Hats & Diamonds, the country & western "performance dance team" for my daughter. So she doesn't forget her roots.
Even James Farmer was in a festive mood: