10th Annual Multicultural Festival, LIVINGSTON, January 18, 2010 - Hundreds turned out to celebrate the idea of America the melting pot. Fried catfish, mashed potatoes, bread, cookies and tea were served in generous portions to all who attended. The fish was prepared, as always by local law enforcement (mostly from the Polk County Sheriff's Office). Notable attendees and local celebrity workers included Polk County Judge John Thompson, Shefiff Ken Hammack, Commissioner Tommy Overstreet, Commissioner Ronnie Vincent, Judge Darrell Longino, Judge Stephen McEntyre, and Chief Deputy Byron Lyons. Pastor Howard Daniel of Chesswood Baptist Church could be seen walking about doing the business of ensuring a successful festival. Dr. Mike Shukan served as Master of Ceremonies in the Auditorium where singers, Alabama Coushatta Tribal Dancers, musicians and speakers took the stage to perform, entertain, and enlighten their audience. Detcog Executive Director, Walter Diggles stated: "I am extremely proud of the leadership right her in Polk County Texas! You are joining with the rest of our nation by serving those in need of healthcare, jobs, education, counseling, housing, mentoring and tutoring services and more!". A good time was had by all.
Flags line the entrance of Livingston High School leading to the 10th Annual Polk County Multi Cultural Festival.
County Judge Candidate Kathie Freeman was on hand to meet and greet attendees.
The Livingston High School Choir sung patriotic songs.
Deputy Randy Turner serves the public.
County Judge John Thompson does his part in the serving line.
Deputy Mike Nettles (left) and Barbara Purvis with Polk County Adult Probation.
Commissioner Ronnie Vincent
Judge Darrell Longino (left) and Commissioner Tommy Overstreet
Sergeant Rob Thomas (right) and Captain John Sanders (both with the Polk County Sheriff's Office).
Livingston JROTC presented the colors.
Lieutenant Matt Parrish (center) and Sergeant Rob Atkins with the Livingston Police Department.
Kathie and Danny Freeman.
Pastor Roy Wooten with the First Texas Indian Baptist Church leads the audience in prayer.
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