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Area residents are invited to celebrate Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the abolition of slavery in the United States, with the 12th annual Juneteenth Celebration, set for Saturday.

Hosted by the Pettis County branch of the NAACP, the event will include a variety of

activities including a cakewalk, limbo, watermelon- and pie-eating contests, a baby contest, food and live music. The entertainment throughout the day will include DJ Malcolm Briscoe from 2 to 5 p.m. and the James Whitney Band from 5 to 7 p.m.

Rhonda Chalfant, president of the Pettis County branch of the NAACP, said the most popular activity is the dance, which starts at 5 p.m.

“It brings everyone together and the band is very well liked. It’s blues-y rock so it’s got a good beat you can dance to,” she said.

Aside from the activities, there will be vendors selling goods such as clothing and jewelry and a three-on-three basketball tournament available for all ages, coordinated by Pettis County Clerk Nick La Strada. Chalfant said multiple activities will take place at various times throughout the day and she expected people to drift in, with attendance totaling between 100 and 150 people.

One thing everyone can look forward to is the food, she added.

“We’ve got the most wonderful barbecue,” Chalfant said. “Steve Boggs makes it and he knows how to barbecue. His food is quite popular.

Chalfant said she is looking forward to the celebration and hoped to see people out at Hubbard Park.

“The day is a celebration of the end of slavery, and it’s a fun day for everyone in the family,” Chalfant said. “It’s very family oriented. It really is a good fun day with a lot of activities.”

For more information call Chalfant at 826-5592.

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