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Guinea Jubilee makes a successful return

“The return of the Jubilee [after a two-year hiatus] was a huge success and we couldn’t have asked for better weather both days,” Melissa Ashe said following the 41st annual Guinea Jubilee, which was held Friday and Saturday on the Abingdon Ruritan Club grounds at Bena.

“It was such a wonderful weekend with some amazing music, delicious food, unique crafts, heritage displays and seeing all of our family, friends and neighbors,” she added.

Ashe, who served as one of four co-chairmen of this year’s festival (along with Ryan Ashe and Nick and Fran Bonniville), said that crowds over the two days were estimated at 14,000 (about 7,000 per day).

“The weekend was absolutely amazing—perfect weather and perfect attitudes,” said Nick Bonniville. “We’ve received nothing but positive comments. I think everyone was just ready to get out.”

This year’s Jubilee was one of the largest, with 58 vendor booths and 24 nonprofit and political booths, Ashe said. They were mostly local, she added,...

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