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Issac Affects African Street Festival

By Empriss Campbell
By ecampbell@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - Although West Tennessee was spared from most of the remnants of Isaac some Labor Day weekend events have a dark cloud threatening some West Tennesseans fun.

The 23rd Annual African Street Festival at the Jackson Fairgrounds had jewelry, knives and clothes that represent African culture on display despite the threat of bad weather.

The dark clouds and rain stopped some vendors from coming into town. "I like history. I was disappointed this year, I couldn't buy any books. They didn't have any books from Africa," said Virgie March.

Organizers said some vendors could not make it to the festival due to the weather, but they are hoping the Jackson community will continue to come out and show their support.

One organizer said this is the 4th year the African Street Festival has been held at the fairgrounds and they have experienced some growing pains.

Organizers say even though clouds are hovering over them, there will still be lots of things for people to enjoy and experience.

"This is part of knowing history...besides the food, vending, and the entertainment it's also about cultural awareness and people need to get knowledge on their history," said Soxhna Mbacke.

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