Lincoln Juneteenth celebration to be June 19th in Latham Park

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[June 09, 2024] 

The Hunt For Foundation (HFF) is delighted to announce the hosting of our 5th Annual Juneteenth Festival, and we extend a warm invitation to join us in this celebration of community, culture, and progress. The Hunt for Foundation hosts the annual event as various backgrounds unite to promote equality, social justice and create opportunities of inclusiveness in our community. The Hunt For Foundation welcomes you, family, and friends to join in the celebrating of true American history.

Juneteenth is the nation’s newest federal holiday, honoring the occasion in June of 1865 when Union troops reached the far reaches of Texas to finally inform slaves they were free. Congress and President Biden officially made Juneteenth a holiday in 2021.

The Juneteenth Festival, scheduled to take place on Wednesday, June 19th, from 4pm-8pm at Latham Park in Lincoln, Illinois, promises to be an unforgettable event filled with live music, children’s programs and activities, a vendor fair, and a cookout. Attendees can also look forward to engaging competitions, including contests for the best sweet potato pie, pound cake, rib tips, and brisket. Details for signups can be found at the registration links included below.

Additionally, The Juneteenth planning committee is currently seeking area young people to portray historical figures at the event, and to tell the stories of individuals who have contributed to the wealth of African-American history. Event planners are interested specifically in seeking past students who have presented monologues for the annual Civil War Student History Walk at the Lincoln Heritage Museum. However, the opportunity is open to any young person. Interested individuals are asked to contact as soon as possible.

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As part of our festival lineup, we have organized a series of events leading up to the main celebration:

• Wednesday, June 12: Soul Yoga at 6pm at The Moksha Center. Experience meditation, sound baths, and yoga accompanied by soulful music. Tickets are available for sale.

• Saturday, June 29: B.A.P.P.S. Pageant and Silent Auction from 12pm-3pm at the Lincoln Arts Institute. This empowering event showcases inner beauty and fosters confidence and education among participants. The silent auction will be held during intermission of the pageant. We are still accepting contestants. In addition to the pageant, we are accepting donations for the silent auction.

We are also still accepting sponsorships, vendors, and volunteers for the Juneteenth Festival.  We believe that your involvement in our event would greatly contribute to its success and help us spread awareness about the importance of Juneteenth and the continued pursuit of equality and justice.

For further information or inquiries, please feel free to contact us at huntforfoundation 

Thank you for considering joining us in celebrating this important event. We look forward to the possibility of collaborating with you to make the 5th Annual Juneteenth Festival a memorable and impactful experience for our community.

We would like to thank all our sponsors who have made this possible!

First Presbyterian Church
Logan County Tourism
Faith Community Assembly of the Apostolic Faith
La Fete Entertainment

[Jennifer Hunt]

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