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(On Sunday, December 11, 2022, Edina City will host the Dumboy Festival. The event, normally held in December, is a celebration of Grand Bassa’s favorite local dish, the dumboy. At this year’s festival, guests will begin the day with a short service at the Baptist Church, built in 1832, followed by a full day of activities: a boat tour, beach feast, city tour, music, and good old-fashioned fun for the holidays. Open to the general public, this is a chance to sample the dumboy in its many states—breadfruit, gritter, plantain, and more. Beyond the food, the festival is a cultural extravaganza that will showcase cultural performances. The festival will draw visitors from Monrovia and the county.

About the Historical City of Edina

Edina is a quaint historical town where visitors enjoy walking tours after an exciting ride from Upper Buchanan through the tri-confluence of the Benson, Mechlin, and St. John Rivers. Take a trip into the past with monuments, old historical homes, graves, churches, canon, and other artifacts.

Experience the Edina Heritage Tour by land or water—it’s your choice. By water, the tour begins at Upper Buchanan with visits to homes and churches built by freed blacks who migrated from the United States to Africa in search of a new home in the early 1800s. Board a boat at the bank of the Benson River for an amazingly serene ride on probably Africa’s only tri-confluence, where the Benson, St. John, and Mechlin Rivers merge along mangroves, the Atlantic, and beautiful natural landscapes. The ten- to fifteen-minute boat ride lands in Edina, home to freed blacks who settled and raised their families, including President Joseph J. Cheeseman, the 12th President of Liberia from 1892 to 1896. With 1800s-style homes and churches, monuments, and other artifacts, the walking tour is a moving experience into the life and times of early African Americans determined to build a life for themselves on the continent from which their ancestors were hauled in the 1700s.

The pristine, clean, and secluded Edina beach is away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Edina Beach is also a sea turtle nesting site. Located on the Edina coast, this is where those who need peace and quiet can escape.

About the Edina Tri-Confluence

The Benson River flows from the Buchanan Highway through forested wetlands to join Africa’s only tri-confluence in Edina. A biodiversity hotspot, the river is home to over 100 species of birds and a wide variety of fish. With both shallow and deep parts of the water, it is an amazing body of water for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, boating, fishing, and many other fun water activities. Along the river banks are ample opportunities for picnicking, walking, jogging, biking, and other fun land activities.

Activities begin at 9 a.m. and will go for the full day in Edina. For more information, please call 776-812-314.

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