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Sunday, October 28, 2012

The annual Annandale Festival offers food, music and fun

The Annandale Festival brought hundreds of people to the Safeway parking lot on Little River Turnpike Saturday for food, live performances, children's entertainment, games, crafts, and venders of all sorts. The Annandale Festival and Parade are sponsored by the Annandale Chamber of Commerce.
The Autentica Diablada group performed at the festival after participating in the Annandale Parade earlier in the day. The costumes are all handmade and can cost as much as $1,500 for the more elaborate ones.
Most of the 46 members of Autentica Diablada group are from Cochabamba, Bolivia, says the group's leader  Jose Escobar, a resident of the Broyhill Crest neighborhood in Annandale. The dancers acted out an event that happened in Cochabamba in 1846. When the Spaniards tried to steal the gold from a mine, the local people hid inside with costumes and scared them away.

The headdress is rigged to shoot flames.
The demon bears.
Members of the Logan Kraft Band are former students at Lake Braddock High School.
Kris Lasley (right), secretary of the Annandale High School Band Boosters is selling AHS holiday ornaments and clothing to benefit the band. Her daughter, Amanda Burnham (left), plays the mellophone, xylophone, and French horn.
The Rice and Spice Thai restaurant in Landmark Plaza drew a crowd of hungry festival-goers.
Jackie Cheshire and Midnight of Canine Companions, a group that trains service dogs for people with disabilities.
Kids try out the all-natural homemade play-dough made by Camila Barragan of Springfield.

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