For the 157th year in a row Owen Sound celebrated the Emancipation Festival over the weekend.
The festivities included a picnic, carin dedication, group singing circles and various vendors.
David Sereda has been attending for years, often leading the singing circles. He says it's the little moments of community that keep him coming back saying,
"To sing with the descendants of those who wrote these songs is truly amazing," he goes on to say "these songs were written by a community of people and they continue to be sung by a community of people."
Sereda also highlights the feeling of inclusion and unity that is felt by those that attend.
The festivities were held at Harrison Park on Saturday and shifted to Grey Roots Museum on Sunday.