The United Community Organization’s Juneteenth Festival has scheduled events starting Friday, and ending Saturday with a rib cook-off and dance showcase.
Juneteenth’s Gospel Explosion will be Friday at Southern Arkansas University’s Reynolds Center.
This event will feature Righteous Living, God’s Purpose, One Vision’s Ministry in Motion, Zaneta Kitchen, and the Juneteenth Community Choir.
The emcee will be Anthony Jackson from Fordyce. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program will start at 7 p.m.
The Juneteenth Festival Parade will be Saturday. The parade’s route will run south on South Jackson Street from the parking lot of Life Builder’s Restoration Church, and end at South Side Park. The parade will begin at 2 p.m.
Parade entry is free and open to the public.
Juneteenth activities will continue at 3 p.m. Saturday at South Side Park.
Events includes the annual rib cook-off, domino tournament, cake walk, bingo, softball game, Kiddie Land, food/craft vendors, and other opportunities to enjoy community unity.
The double-elimination domino tournament will be 4 p.m. Saturday. The entry fee is $20 for two-person teams for ages 18 and up, and players may sign up the day of the tournament.
The grand prize is $100.
Teams may still enter the Juneteenth Rib Cook-off. The entry fee is $40. Top prizes are first, $200; second, $125; and third, $75.
Rib plate tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 870-949-7501 or 870-390-1967. The meal will also include baked beans, potato salad, dessert and drinks.
Rib cook-off and vendor applications are available for pickup at the CADC and Blackmon’s Barber and Beauty Salon.
The “Spirit of Dance” showcase will start at 7 p.m. Saturday. It will feature the Concrete Rose, Dazzling Divas, Rising Starz and Royalettes dance teams. Other teams may enter the showcase by calling Sharifa Goode at 870-949-0149. The event is not a competition, but a showcase of team talent.
Williams Used Automotive will also be sponsoring this year’s Juneteenth Festival Treasure Hunt. Daily clues leading to the $300 prize will be on the magnoliareporter.com website and other news media at 7 a.m. and noon daily.
Festival T-shirts are on sale at BancorpSouth, Central Arkansas Development Council, and Blackmon’s Barber and Beauty Salon. Shirts are $15.