Juneteenth Freedom Festival 2023
West Marion Community Forum Inc. will host the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival June 15 - June 18, 2023. This is a live event featuring various activities, speakers, and performances.
The event’s primary goal is to share an appreciation of African American culture, heritage, and, most importantly, abolishment of slavery. It is a place for all races, nationalities, and religions to join hands and truthfully acknowledge a period in history that shaped and continues to influence our society today.
Thursday, June 15 - Juneteenth Pageant, 6-8 p.m. at Old Fort Elementary School. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Admission: $5, adults and free for children
Friday, June 16 - Field Day, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Lake James State Park Paddy's Creek. Fishing, swimming, canoeing and favorite field day games. Lunch provided. Free.
Saturday, June 17 - Festival, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the West Marion Community Park, 169 Ridley St. Food vendors, inflatables, local artwork, music and line dancing. After party event with Mo So Band at the Spillway Bridge & Co.
Sunday, June 18 - Church service 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the West Marion Park, 169 Ridley St. Traditional Juneteenth meal provided. Free.
Transportation: Friday, pickup at YMCA transport to Paddy's Creek, Lake James, 8:30 and 11:30 a.m.; return Paddy's Creek to YMCA, 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Saturday, McDowell Transit picks up at the YMCA to West Marion Park beginning at 9 a.m. All transportation is free.