Juneteenth celebrations planned for weekend
Area residents will celebrate Juneteenth beginning Friday and continuing through the weekend.
June 19, called Juneteenth, celebrates the day slaves in Texas learned of their emancipation.
The message was delivered by Union soldiers who landed in Galveston - two and a half years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, which had become official Jan. 1, 1863, according to Electron Vollage website, www.ElecVillage.com.
Some of the area celebration include:
A Juneteenth Celebration at Riverside Park, hosted by the Old Landmark Committee, will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Activities include dominoes and card tournaments, a watermelon eating contest and dancing. There will be barbecue and music, courtesy of DJ Slick, a live band and Houston rapper T-lyric. Admission is free. For more information call Jurrell Riggins at 361-212-7828
A Juneteenth Comedy Show by All Out Entertainment at the Golden Gecko, 202 E. Forest St., will feature comedian Kier Spates and special guest Todd Larson. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. Admission is $10 pre-sale and $12 at the door. Tables can be reserved by calling 512-216-2546
The Juneteenth Rodeo will be at the horseman's Arena at Riverside Park beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday. This rodeo will feature steer roping, bull riding and calf roping. Pre-sale tickets are available at Crossroads Professional Detailing, 209 S. Liberty St; Mumphord's Place Restaurant, 1202 E. Juan Linn St; Cavender's Boot City, 8206 N. Navarro St.; and High Brehm Hats and Western Wear, 6603 N. Navarro St. For more information, call 361-572-8740.
Calhoun Citizens in Action is hosting its annual Juneteenth celebration on Saturday. The celebration starts at 10:30 a.m. in George Adams Park and features free food and soft drinks, a domino tournament, bingo and games, and youth activities. Live music will begin around 6 p.m. The festivities will start up again with a fish fry at 1 p.m. Sunday, followed by a church service at 3 p.m. in George Adams Park. Contact Bobby Barefield at 361-552-6894 for more information.
The Jackson Juneteenth celebration will be Friday and Saturday at the GW Carver Community Center in Edna. On Friday, a parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Allen Street in the front of First United Methodist Church. At 6 p.m., the Juneteenth pageant begins at the Shelby Park Building with categories for Little Mr. and Miss, Jr. Mr. and Miss, and Mr. and Miss. On Saturday, the celebration continues at 11 a.m. with a barbecue cook-off, festival fare, live entertainment, games, domino tournament, 3-on-3 basketball tournament and a concert at 7 p.m. featuring the Washington Street Boys. For more information, call Harold Wilkins at 361-235-0285.
Refugio County will be hosting its Juneteenth celebration, which will be filled with gospel, games, food and socializing. The celebration begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Refugio County Expo Center at 106 Fairground Road. The Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church in Refugio's Angelic Gospel Mass Choir will sing and the guest speaker is Sterling Scott, a 1983 Refugio High School graduate who lives in Elgin and is the principal at Round Rock High School. A free meal of barbecue and all the trimmings with iced tea and dessert will be served at noon, with games for adults and kids to follow. There will also be a silent auction, cake walk and music provided by DJ Clifford Smith, of Refugio. For more information, call Patty Lewis at 361-526-5361.