For the last four years, the town of Tsumeb in northern Namibia has held a three-day 'Copper Festival'.
Tsumeb owes it's existence to a very rich ore body which was mined for almost 100 years.
Even though the mine itself has closed, the custom copper Smelter still exists, processing ore from other mines in Africa and abroad, a lifeline contributing to the continuous existence of the town.
I took a morning off building and drove into town to take a few pics:
The event is held in the United Nations park in the center of town - an opportunity for local businesses, organizations and vendors to display and sell their wares.
Various activities are organized during the three-day event to attract people, including music shows and cultural dancing. Stalls selling food and beer become popular meeting places.
Children from one of the local schools take part in a parade during the opening ceremony.
Frances Galton was an English explorer who first noted the existence of the Tsumeb Ore Body in 1851.
A vendor selling toys and other odds 'n ends - loved the pink tent.
Local handicrafts on display.
A woman having her 'hand points diagnosed' - I've got no idea what this is about.
One of the many colorful stalls.
Scary masks for sale - I wouldn't like to bump into one of these on a dark night.
Halloween was never an event in Namibia but, I've noticed that in recent years radio and news media here have been promoting it.
Spider Man blow-up dolls ... *ahem*
This guy asked me to take a family pic - I just love the woman's face, so open ... uncomplicated.