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The eighth annual Juneteenth celebration will be held June 14-15 at Big Eleven Lake, 11th and State Avenue, Kansas City, Kan.
This year’s Juneteenth theme is “Diversity is the key … It begins with me.”
The event starts at 6 p.m. June 14 with a prayer vigil, followed by music in the park, with live bands and entertainment, according to Sandra Harris, an event organizer. The ending time is around 9:30 p.m. Friday.
Then, a parade will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15. After the parade, the celebration starts at noon and ends at 5 p.m. at Big Eleven Lake.
The Juneteenth celebration commemorates African-American history and freedom.
The festival features live entertainment, a gospel day, barbecue cookoff, greens cookoff and classic car show, Harris said. Prizes will be awarded for the contests.
Praise dancing and a gospel choir also will perform at the event. Vendors on site will sell wares and food. Local law enforcement and nonprofit organizations also are planning displays, she said.
The all-volunteer event is free and open to the public. There is an entry fee for the barbecue and greens contests, for the classic car show and for vendor booths.
There are still openings for vendors and performers. For more information on the Juneteenth celebration, including details about the contests, visit the website www.juneteenthkck.com or call 913-963-1118.