Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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August 27, 2013

BTW Mega-Fest starts Friday, seeks donations

ASHLAND — The annual Booker T. Washington Mega-Fest, which provides a vacation-like experience for many of the area’s less fortunate youth, could be in danger of coming to an end, according to organizers.

“For almost 20 years James Johnson of Ashland, Ky., has made sure that this festival has gone on for the less fortunate children in the Tri-State area, making sure they have a special time to themselves, because maybe they couldn’t afford a vacation, or football and cheerleading camp,” a letter from the event organizers advises.

“James became disabled when a deck collapsed with him and he had to turn the festival over to his niece, Gwyn Masterson. Gwyn has tried to keep the festival going, but we are in danger of losing it this year. We can’t let that happen to the children, for they would be lost without it. The festival offers local vendors of food, clothing, crafts, etc., swimming, horseshoe and basketball tournaments, a beauty pageant, kiddie rides and raffles.”

The price of admission is a can of food to be distributed to local food banks. “WE NEED HELP!!” the letter states, adding “any donations, monetary or otherwise” can be sent to the Booker T. Washington Festival, P.O. Box 4011, Ashland KY 41105-4011. Donations to the nonprofit organization are tax deductible.

The 18th annual Mega-Fest will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Monday with karaoke, bands, swimming, a food booth, tournaments and other activities, with music provided by AAA Entertainment of Cross Lanes. The beauty pageant will be at 4 p.m. Monday.

For more information, call (606) 393-5014.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com.

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