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Banana Festival in William Land Park this weekend

 Banana Festival in William Land Park this weekend
This shot was taken at the second annual Banana Festival.

Sacramentans and their families can go bananas this weekend at the third annual Banana Festival, Bananarama, in William Land Park. The festival promises live music, vendors, contests, and banana-themed foods ranging from banana cake to less-conventional “bananachos” and banana dogs.

For the $5 admission, festivalgoers can enjoy around 20 banana foods and snacks and take part in activities including banana limbo and bingo. Live music ranging from African and Brazilian to blues, jazz and R&B will be playing alongside a live mural painting (guess the theme), amusement rides, face painting, storytelling and a banana split eating contest.

Other competitions for kids include the Bananas in Pajamas costume contest and the “Little Miss and Mr. Banana” contest for children up to age 16, which is “just a fun contest to help kids feel good about themselves,” said organizer Shonna McDaniels.

And why bananas?

“It’s a little bit more unique,” explained festival coordinator Richard Pannell. “Bananas are health conscious, and you can do so many things with them. And kids love them.”

The festival is put on by the Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum and raises money to fund the museum’s youth for the arts program and 20 other local nonprofit organizations.

“This is all being put together for the kids in the community,” Pannell said.

The festival has averaged 3,000 to 4,000 attendees in years past, but organizers expect 6,000 to 8,000 this year.

The Banana Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and has a $5 admission for adults. Children 7 and younger enter free.

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