Weekend full of celebrations, fun, entertainment

Published 9:14 am Wednesday, June 14, 2017

By Dawn Burleigh

The Orange Leader


Starting on Thursday, there is something for everyone happening in Orange.

Bassmaster Opens will kick off the festivities on Thursday, June 15 at the Orange Boat Ramp.

There will be food vendors, live music, 3 p.m. daily weigh-ins, carnival and children’s activities and a Kids Fish Tank hosted by the Greater Orange Chamber of Commerce.

Entertainment on Friday, June 16, includes Curse and the Cure at 6 p.m., LN and the Crush at 7:30 p.m. and The Ruxpins at 9 p.m. sponsored by International Paper.

On Saturday, June 17, Britt Godwin and Company will perform at 6 p.m. and Colt Ford will perform at 7:30 p.m. sponsored by Invista.

Along with the tournament is the Orange County River Festival with rides and games for all ages. The festival is located on Simmons Drive in Orange.

The 3rd Annual Juneteenth Celebration Festival starts at 2 p.m. at Lion’s Den Park with a variety of entertainers. A cultural family fulfilled event atmosphere at a all time high with great music, great food, kid friendly activities and more. There will also be a scholarships fundraiser and a Father’s Day Raffle with lots of past rejoicing and reflection. The event is scheduled from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Pass Dawn Rejoicing will follow at Chocolate City 202 Cypress Street in Orange. A special tribute to our great fathers past and present from 9 p.m.- Until. One must be 18 to enter and security will be strictly enforced. Event sponsored by Stuntin Hard Riderz and Brothers Beating Odds.

For more information on Juneteenth, contact Deborah at 409-779-1744, Forrest at 409-330-3575, Damien at 409-3313-4283 or Larry at 409-330-0820.

For something different and open to all ages is the #MakeItHappen Slip and Slide Kickball Game from 10 a.m. – 7:35 p.m. at Simmons Park on Simmons Drive in Orange. Participants are encouraged to bring water balloons, water guns and to be prepared to have fun. Concessions will be available.

The event is free but parents will need to sign a waiver for youths under the age of 18 in order to be able to participate. If interested in participating, contact a #MakeItHappen member for more information or visit its Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/makeithappenorange/

During all the fun and excitement, Saturday is Run Off Election day and the last chance to vote for the city of Orange District Three council member. Run Off election is between Terrie Salter and Michael Smith is 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at North Early Learning Center located at 801 Cordrey Ave., in Orange.