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Collard Greens Festival Brings Community of Port Wentworth Together

Citizens could buy as many collard greens as they could carry for only five bucks. Citizens could buy as many collard greens as they could carry for only five bucks.
A supporter wears a hat which commemorates the falling victims of the sugar refinery explosion. A supporter wears a hat which commemorates the falling victims of the sugar refinery explosion.

PORT WENTWORTH, GA (WTOC)- It's been just over three weeks since the sugar refinery explosion. During this difficult time, the community of Port Wentworth has come together to show support for the victims and their families.

Today, the Annual Collard Greens Festival brought the small community together once again.

All day, people from all around the Coastal Empire and Low Country came out to pick pounds of collard greens.

Cheryl Heard made sure she got up early, but her bag was so full she could barely walk out.

"I have greens, I have a lot of greens for only five dollars," said Heard.

She like many people at the Collard Greens Festival are happy, smiling from ear to ear enjoying something many haven't been able to do since the explosion.

"We definitely need this, a big boost for Port Wentworth," she said.

"I really feel bad for what happened and I am glad people are out here enjoying themselves and to see this festival going on today," she said.

And Port Wentworth city Mayor Glenn Jones agrees.

"This couldn't come at a better time on the heels of a tragedy," said Jones.

"It's been a tough time but now we are in the times of healing and will continue to pray for our people in the burn centers," he said.

Mayor Jones says this tradition is one he is happy to be apart of.

"This festival is all about giving back to community and Willie and Robert Johnson, what they are doing is phenomenal," he said.

Robert and Willie Johnson started the festival more than ten years ago with a goal to give back to the community. In March they opened their fields free to senior citizens and veterans. Everyone else can fill their bags with as many greens for only five dollars.

"The senior citizens, they are the farmers and the veterans kept our country free," said Robert Johnson.

But it's not all about the greens, there were plenty of games, entertainment, and this year a parade.

"This is the biggest one we have had," said Johnson.

Jones says that's because the people of Port Wentworth are healing and part of healing is being with one another.

"After what we have been through in the last three weeks this is a time where I can come back and enjoy myself and the community and some of the people I love," said Jones.

If you missed out on today's festival, that's ok. The farm is open all year long, for more information you can call 912.965.1999.

Reported by: Brooke Kelley, bkelley@wtoc.com

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