Reggae Fest attracts free spirits

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At the 17th annual Austin Reggae Festival, tie-dye-clad Austinites, reggae performers and vendors filled Auditorium Shores from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening.

The attendees, decked out in quirky and flamboyant wardrobes, moved tightly from vendor to vendor, dancing and smoking under the drizzling rain on Saturday afternoon.

The vendors, whose tents lined the outside of the park, sold a variety of wares from beaded bracelets, necklaces and tie-dyed items to Bob Marley posters and T-shirts as well as food from local restaurants.

Headliners for this year’s event included the Easy Star All-Stars, the Mighty Diamonds and Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars.

The festival benefitted the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas this year. In 2009, funds and food raised at the Austin Reggae Festival provided meals for more than 690,000 hungry families throughout the Central Texas region.