Food vendors, artisans, resellers, community organizations, educational and health-focused groups invited to participate in festival in Exmore Town Park
EXMORE, VA (May 3, 2017) The 18th Annual ESVA Juneteenth Festival, set to take place on Saturday June 17, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Exmore Town Park, is now accepting applications from food vendors, artisans, artists and exhibitors from community groups, schools, churches and other non-profit organizations.
This annual ESVA-wide festival celebrates the rich cultural heritage and diversity of our communities here on the Eastern Shore, one of earliest, most historically significant, continuous African-American settlements in the nation.
A national day of pride honoring the official end of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day, and it is the oldest known commemoration of this important milestone in our nation’s history. Juneteenth has been celebrated on the ESVA for almost two decades under the direction of Ms. Jane Cabarrus and the Juneteenth Coalition.
This year, the event is expanding; adding a second day of activities by hosting a Gospel Extravaganza. “Tribute to Fathers” on Sunday, June 18, 2017, from 3:00 in the afternoon to 5:00 p.m.
The Juneteenth Festival is free and open to the community, with ample free parking and easy access for people of all ages. The Exmore Town Park has benches and seating for the older generation and a large playground for children. More than 600 people are expected to attend over the course of the two-day event. Attendees will enjoy historical displays, educational exhibits, fun and games for young people, food and music, along with representation and information from area non-profit organizations and local businesses.
Sponsorship opportunities and vendor spaces are still available. This is a family event, and alcohol is not permitted.
For more information on festival activities and sponsorships, please contact Jane Cabarrus at (757) 442-2139. To request information on becoming a vendor, contact Barbara Boggs at 757-787-3900.