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Pies are sweet at potato festival

Tommie Whitlow presents a sweet potato pie Saturday to judges Erica Martin, left, Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, second from right, and Kenya Collins. The annual sweet potato festival was put on by the Sacramento Valley section of the National Council of Negro Women.
Tommie Whitlow presents a sweet potato pie Saturday to judges Erica Martin, left, Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, second from right, and Kenya Collins. The annual sweet potato festival was put on by the Sacramento Valley section of the National Council of Negro Women. bnguyen@sacbee.com

Sacramento’s 26th annual Sweet Potato Festival drew hundreds of people Saturday to the Sam and Bonnie Pannell Community Center on Meadowview Road.

Bands and dancers took to the stage while vendors hawked wares. And members of the Sacramento Valley Section of the National Council of Negro Women, an organization founded in 1935, sold sweet potato pies to raise money to help schools and community groups.

One highlight was the pie judging, with stiff competition among home bakers.

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