George Washington High School will host the two-day Taste of the South festival this weekend

Atlanta rapper Yung Joc will headline. Festgoers can feast on catfish, gumbo and more.
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The flavors of the South are coming to Denver.

At this weekend's Taste of the South, Denverites will be able to get all the fixings, like fried chicken, catfish and okra, turkey legs, oxtails and gumbo.

The free festival will take place on Aug. 19 and 20 at George Washington High School from noon to 8 p.m. and will include over 40 local vendors.

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The event was created in 2021 as a non-profit effort to celebrate southern cuisine, culture and Black excellence.

Festival organizers say they hosted more than 18,000 people at last year's festival.

The first day of this year's festival will be headlined by Atlanta rapper Yung Joc, best known for his 2006 hit "It's Goin' Down" and for being featured on T-Pain's 2007 "Buy U a Drank." Other acts include North Carolina's A&T Marching Band and Denver's own TheyCallHimAP.

On Saturday, there will also be a Car-Bike-Truck and Lowrider Show. Entries to the show are $25 and include parking spot RSVP for both days and two raffle tickets for a $1500-value detailing package prize giveaway.

The second day will feature music in the genres of neo-soul, jazz and gospel. It will be headlined by saxophonist and Jazz 93.5 radio host Tony Exum Jr. Other acts include professional and community-based gospel choir Tarell Martin and C2 Mass Choir and Denver emcee, drummer, music producer and songwriter SF1.

Bouncy houses, giant board games, sack races, tug-o-war, chess tables and other games will also be available to entertain young festgoers.

The organization is also auctioning a basketball signed by the 2023 Denver Nuggets championship winning team. Bidding starts at $10,001 and will close at midnight on Aug. 17.

Click here to get your free general admission tickets

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