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Bimbe' Festival Swings into Durham Athletic Park

Posted May 22, 1998

— Food, games, dancing and music filled the Durham Athletic Park for the 28th annual Bimbe' Festival.

The cultural arts celebration takes its name from one of the festival's original founders who came to Duke University from the Caribbean.

"They did the Bimbe' festival in his country every year at the end of the harvest season to celebrate the end of the harvest season, and that the work time was over." said Gaston Patterson, one of the festival organizers. "All of the villages would come together to celebrate."

The family festival kept the kids entertained. Children defied gravity in the moonwalk, and took a spin on some of the pint-pint sized rides. Other lined up to have their faces painted.

Ronald Lane, who brought his sons to the festival, said that they enjoyed "the rides for my sons, the food -of course the food- and we just stopped in to get his face painted."

Venders were frying funnel cakes, and kept everyone well fed. Arts and crafts tents sold numerous items, and the proceeds are going toward a trip for Durham teenagers.

Mary Jacobs, who works with Durham Parks and Recreation said, "We have teen night out at East Durham center, and the North East Central Durham teens come out and make [the crafts] and paint them with the help of our staff."

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