Special Report from Clarice MacGarvey.
EXMORE (March 14, 2017)– Jane Cabarrus, president of the Northampton County Branch NAACP, and Mayor Douglas Greer of Exmore have announced that the 18th Annual Juneteenth Festival will be held at The Exmore Town Park on Saturday, June 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Town of Exmore is co-hosting the event in partnership with Northampton County Branch NAACP and the Juneteenth Coalition.
Also known as Freedom Day, Juneteenth is a national day of pride honoring the official end of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it is the oldest known commemoration of this important milestone in our nation’s history. Through the leadership of Northampton County Branch NAACP President, Ms. Cabarrus, Juneteenth has been celebrated on the ESVA for almost two decades as a family-friendly event for the entire Eastern Shore community. As in previous years, the focus is on education, cultural diversity and continuous personal development, including health and education.
The Juneteenth festival is growing this year by adding a second important event for Sunday, June 18, 2017. From 3:00 in the afternoon to 5:00 p.m., guests can enjoy a Gospel Extravaganza; “Tribute to Fathers”. An important goal of Juneteenth is to encourage strong family structure; an intrinsic value here on the ESVA.
“The Town of Exmore is proud to partner with President Jane Cabarrus and the NAACP, one of our most respected community leaders, and to support this important event,” said Mayor Greer. “Eastern Shore communities place a strong emphasis on unity and diversity, and Juneteenth reflects those values.”
This year’s Juneteenth—with two days of festivities— will include a complimentary health fair to encourage positive lifestyle choices and educate Eastern Shore residents on healthy living practices. Attendees can also expect 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.
“With something for every generation, plus educational opportunities and fun for the entire family, we are anticipating our biggest turnout ever,” remarked Ms. Cabarrus. “The open expanses and facilities of Exmore Town Park provide the ideal venue for accommodating large events. We are looking forward to another successful Juneteenth.”
As always, the event is free and open to everyone, with ample free parking nearby. The Exmore Town Park has benches and seating for the older generation and a large playground for children. This is a family event, and alcohol is not permitted.
Sponsorship opportunities and vendor spaces are still available. For more information on festival activities and sponsorships, please contact Jane Cabarrus at (757) 442-2139. To request vendor information, call Barbara at 757-678-2137.