The 2019 Camden Juneteenth Festival will be held June 14-22 at several locations at Camden. The community is invited to attend, according to a news release.
“As you may know, Camden has been home to one of the biggest observations of this historic day (Juneteenth) and event in our country’s history for the last three decades. This year, we are making the event bigger, better and more inclusive than ever before. Not only will everyone across generations, races and all walks of life be able to enjoy entertainment, but also health and financial advising, worship and competition.”
The schedule includes:
Friday, June 14 — 6 p.m. at Camden Fairview Middle School, the Juneteenth Jam On talent show begins. All singers, rappers, poets, dancers, actors, steppers and comedians are invited. There are cash prizes for the winners which will be decided by a panel of judges. All music must be edited and all outfits must be appropriate for a family audience. Failure to comply will result in disqualification. Admittance is $5 with all proceeds going towards the Juneteenth Scholarship program, according to the news release.
Sunday, June 16 — 4 p.m. at Carnes Park, the Juneteenth Car, Bike and Truck Show and Concert will be held.
Friday, June 21 — 7 p.m. the Juneteenth Parade will begin at the post office, heading east on Washington before turning south on Adams and then turning west on Jackson and ending near the CFIS. The parade will feature several local motorcycle clubs, custom cars, horses, dance teams, church groups, sports teams, Greek and social clubs and other organizations. Also, the Camden Fairview High School State Championship Gymnastics team and the legendary L.C. Buckshot Smith will appear.
Friday, June 21 — 7:45 p.m. at the Famers Bank and Trust parking lot, the Kids Block Party will be feature free food and refreshments, activities and a special guest DJ.
Saturday, June 22 — At noon, the Juneteenth Health Fair will be held at Camden Fairview Middle School.
Saturday, June 22 — At noon and 3 p.m., the African American Landmark Tour and 1st Kansas Colored Regiment Historical Presentation will be held. Events start at Carnes Park and go throughout Camden before ending with a presentation at Zion Hill African American Learning Center.
The observance of Juneteenth dates back to 1865, when on June 19 the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.
“Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation — which had become official Jan. 1, 1863,” according to the release. “The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.”
Details: www.facebook.com/camdenjuneteenth .