The Main Street Festival in Grapevine, TX is an annual affair that features many vendors, a chance to see buildings of historical significance, a carnival, music, and craft beer and wine. This is the 38th year of the Festival, which was held from May 20 until May 22. This year, they had a new vendor booth set up: Support Ukraine.
Today is the last day to get out to the Main Street Festival here in Grapevine. This year, a new booth popped up that focuses on the Ukrainian relief efforts. Enjoy the slideshow below and if you’re heading out to the Fest today, make sure to stop by! They are right inside the entrance next to the railroad tracks.
Most people are aware of the war that is ongoing between Russia and Ukraine. Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022. According to the United Nations, this war has killed almost 3,000 civilians, and over 7 million people have lost their homes. Another 5 million Ukrainian citizens have had to seek refuge in neighboring countries, most popularly Poland, which is part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Refugees can seek help in any NATO country, and Poland is the closest.
Locally, several individuals, groups, and organizations that are actively participating in the relief effort for Ukraine will have tables at the 38th Annual Main Street Festival that will be held on May 20 – 22.
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