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Juneteenth Music Festival and Trail Ride raises scholarship funds

By Dawn Burleigh

dawn.burleigh@orangeleader.com

 

Residents will celebrate during the second annual Juneteenth Music and Trail ride Festival starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Riverfront Pavilion in Orange.

The event celebrates over 150 Years of Freedom with a family friendly venue even larger than the previous year’s event.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free according to juneteenth.com.

“This will be bigger than last year,” Dwaine Bouillard said. “Last year there was approximately 2,000 people. This year we expect between 2,500 and 5,000.”

With nine trail groups joining in for the trail ride, Bouillard said the ride will be almost like a parade. ATVs, horse riders, and golf carts are welcome to join according to Bouillard.

“Line up for the trail ride is at noon,” Bouillard said. “We actually start at 1 p.m. and will return between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. JPaul starts at 6 p.m.”

The event is free and presented by Top Ladies of Distinction and Horseshoe Riders.

A Juneteenth reenactment will feature Gospel Hour, Zydeco Music, Soulful Rendition, J. Paul & Zydeco band, Nikki Richard, Chase Champine and many more.

Other sponsors of the event are Gate City Guild #42, Stuntinn Hardz Riders, NAACP, Gyasi $Tax Services, and Compro Tax. As well as local corporate sponsors.

“This is a family friendly event to help raise funds for scholarships,” Bouillard said.

The gates will open from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. at the Riverfront Pavilion located at 602 Front Street in Orange. Entertainment and entry are free. No coolers or pets are permitted at the event.

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