4th Annual Juneteenth Community Block Party set for this weekend

4th Annual Juneteenth Community Block Party set for this weekend
Published: Jun. 16, 2023 at 6:39 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Starting Friday, it’s the 4th annual Juneteenth Community Block Party Celebration.

It will be held on Culver Drive until Sunday.

Organizers say activities will begin at 1 p.m., and run until 8 p.m. on Friday.

“It’s about family,” said Sharnetta Sharp, who started the event four years ago said. “It’s a family environment, and we want to make sure everyone in the community is welcome. Black, White, old, young, everyone in between.”

Veltra Taylor, who’s now on the committee for the celebration, said Juneteenth’s recognition as a federal holiday has put a spotlight on the day.

“Before a lot of people might not have known what Juneteenth was,” she said. “I like the fact that more people are wanting to gain more knowledge about it and just being accepting and accommodating of it.”

Some features of the event include the Curate Sondor’s Black Flea Market, along with the Free Community BBQ.

All weekend long, there will be food trucks, games, music and more.

Officials say on Saturday festivities will begin at 10 a.m., and wrap up with a fireworks show at 8 p.m.

They say the community is also invited to come worship with guest host church, Greater Hope Church.