The annual Juneteenth celebration played host to hundreds of festival-goers as it marked the first year in its new location at Warren County Fairgrounds.
“When we started this several years ago, we wanted to begin a tradition that would carry on,” said co-founder Wayne Wolford. “Now it’s continued, grown and moved to the fairgrounds.”
Juneteenth was the brainchild of Young Men United, a local service organization which seeks to guide youth on a straight path.
The story behind Juneteenth goes back to the Lone Star State shortly after the Civil War. It was on June 19, 1865 that Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and announced all slaves had been freed. The news of the Emancipation Proclamation had not reached Galveston.
The date is now marked by Juneteenth celebrations around the country. As is in the case of Warren County’s celebration, most entail gathering together for food and fellowship. The Warren County festival has grown to include entertainment acts which always highlight the day.
The festival is held in the middle of June each year and is free and open to the public. Proceeds are raised during the festival to help with Young Men United charities.