Photo by Meghan Bobrowsky
Photo by Meghan Bobrowsky

On the surface, Sacramento’s Banana Festival is a lighthearted event for people to digest large doses of potassium.

There are banana pancakes, chocolate-covered bananas and even pickled bananas. If you’re not hungry, you can buy banana hats, banana paintings and banana trees – so you can grow your own.

Nearly 100 vendors lined the grass at William Land Park this weekend for the 10th annual event. Performers and bounce houses kept both kids and adults entertained. So did the banana-eating contest.

But beneath the yellow fun, the fruit festival is actually a hefty fundraiser for a nonprofit that teaches art and African American history to 12,000 children in south Sacramento for free each year.

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