Thousands of people spent their Saturday at the I’ll make me a world in Iowa Festival

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Thousands of people spent their day at Iowa’s ever-growing annual African American festival.

The “I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa” event showcases local vendors, artists, health screenings, and local cuisine.

The free event also has booths with information on African history and several selling African artwork.

Performances run throughout the day including poetry readings, singers, and hip hop dance teams.

Organizers say the goal of the event is to provide a fun family atmosphere with a little something for everyone.

Kevin Officer, the event president, said, “The event is a community type event.  We have everything from our colossal colon to our empowered green energy home display upstairs to performances.”

The event takes place at the Polk County Convention Center until 7:00 Saturday night.

Event organizers estimate they’ll draw anywhere from 15-20,000 people.