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Over 10,000 attend 31st annual Guinea Jubilee

Hot temperatures didn’t keep the crowds away as more than 10,000 people were estimated to have attended the 31st Guinea Jubilee Friday and Saturday.

"Water was the drink of the day," said Elliott Hogge, chairman of the festival’s organizing committee, although many vendors said they also did very well selling other beverages, foods such as chicken-on-a-skewer and crab chowder, handmade crafts, and more on the Abingdon Ruritan Club fairgrounds at Bena.

According to organizers, approximately 4,500 people turned out Friday, with most staying around until the end of Crazy X’s musical performance. Arts and crafts and food booths were open Friday and Saturday, along with the popular children’s rides that included a rock-climbing wall, inflatable slides and others.

A popular attraction Saturday—when well over 5,000 turned out—was the parade, which drew about 85 units. Hogge said this year fewer units took part in the parade, possibly due t...

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