The Hillside Coalition of Laborers for Apalachicola, Inc., (H’COLA) is finalizing plans for the annual African-American History Festival (AAHF) held in the Historic City of Apalachicola each year during the 3rd weekend in February.
The three day outdoor festival is in its 12th year of celebration and is the flagship event for H’COLA that highlights both local and national African-American heritage, including art, culture, and food. H’COLA also host several other community events throughout the year, such as political forums, an annual honor student luncheon and the annual arrival of Santa Claus to the Black Community.
The AAHF will kick-off this year from 9:00 p.m. until 12:00 midnight Fri. Feb 20 with a western theme costume party at the Franklin Square Park Recreation Center located on 6th Street. There will be a $5 cover for the event and Hi-Fi Entertainment Mobile DJ Service will provide entertainment with H’COLA awarding a prize for best costume.
On Sat. Feb 21 the festival will kick-off at 10:00 a.m., with a parade and opening day ceremonies immediately following, which include the singing of the Negro National Anthem, a welcome from the mayor, a fashion show, line dancing, children activities, a basketball tournament, health and education, arts and crafts, soul food and seafood food, along with live entertainment by The P&W Trio, Saxophonist Isaac Pryce, The Sharper Boys, Eric Sharper featuring the Dream Reality Revue, songstress Kelsie and many more. There’s no admission charged for Saturday’s schedule of events and the gate closes at 8:00 p.m.
On Sun. Feb 22 the event will commence again with a high powered outdoor praise and worship service from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m., afterwards vendor booths will reopen and serve until the festival officially conclude at 4:00 p.m.
So go ahead and mark your calendars to come join in this family-oriented celebration of African-American history, life, music and culture.
For more information on the festival, or how to become a vendor or to sponsors the event, please visit H’COLA website at www.hcola.org.