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Hundreds gather for Festival for the Eno

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DURHAM, N.C.--Some came for the music, and others attended the Annual Festival for the
Eno for a chance to help aspiring musicians with their craft.

"These instruments are based on the African concept the original concept of the banjo with the gourd," said vendor Jason Smith.

While most music inspires people to dance, this festival tests how long you can hula hoop for.

"I tried for the first time five minutes ago. It was a disaster," said Chapel Hill resident Laurel Burgio-Ericson.

The Eno River was the real star of Saturday's festival, and information about the environment drew all kinds of people to Durham on Saturday.

"It is my first time. I like it. It's a big open area. kind of keeps going and going and going. Fun. Lots of stuff to do," said Raleigh resident Christine McKeown.

Whether they sat in the shade or took a dip in the river, many people braved the elements Saturday to come out to the festival and help raise money to preserve the Eno River.

For more than 30 years, proceeds from the festival have gone toward helping the Eno River Association buy land for the Eno River State Park. The event also prides itself on a green atmosphere that is trash-free.

"Got to drink lots of water. It's very very hot. Got a nice hidden spot in the shade. Right next to the river," said McKeown.

The festival highlighted the river's history and place in the community, which is one some want to keep for future generations.

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