Juneteenth celebration planned for Saturday

Staff Writer

Juneteenth, the day marking the end of slavery in the Lone Star State, falls on June 19 every year. This year, a local group is taking advantage of the weekend and celebrating two days early, this Saturday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
"The past two years, we've been having a celebration in Morgan Park," said event organizer Teresa Walker. "Last year, I looked at it and thought, 'We can do better than this.' So I partnered with the CVB (Convention and Visitors Bureau) and we just got together and they were able to dispense some funds. So this year, we thought, well, we're going to do something a little bit better and make it a community event. We're having live music. We wanted to center it around the children, so we're doing face-painting, we're having a hot dog eating contest, we're having a talent show, we have a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, we're having a dominos tournament. The biggest thing that I think the kids will enjoy will be the rolling video game mobile. That's coming out of Midland from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m."
Other events include an ice cream eating contest, a performance by local musician Marcus Trey, and a dance.
Walker said there will be no charge for the event.
To register for the basketball tournament or the talent show, contact Walker at 432-213-8235.