Organizers of Vallejo’s 26th Annual Juneteenth Celebration have extended the deadline for vendors and exhibitors to May 16. Vallejo’s Juneteenth attracts visitors from all over the Bay Area and offers lower vendor fees than any other Bay Area city.
“We realize that many nonprofit organizations and small business owners have challenges with funds for community events and we want to give them every opportunity to participate because without them the Juneteenth event would not be possible,” said Angela Jones, president of the African American Family Reunion Committee.
This year, Juneteenth is sponsored by Greater Vallejo Recreation District in partnership with La Clinica so organizers have themed the event, “Promoting Healthy Families and Neighborhoods.”
“We want to help increase awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle which includes access to health providers in our community along with many choices for outdoor recreational activities that are available to families in their own neighborhood,” said Jones.
Juneteenth celebrates African American freedom from slavery in the United States and is commemorated across the nation and in other countries, typically on the third Saturday in June.
This year, Juneteenth will be held on Saturday, June 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at City Park, 425 Alabama Street, which has a play structure for children and plenty of green open space with shade for visitors to enjoy the all day event.
In addition to health information and evaluations for diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, there will be live entertainment hosted by Erika Blue from Ozcat radio 89.5 FM KZCT with a variety of music including gospel, R&B, jazz and blues, plus performances by the top winners of the Theta Pi chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity 2014 Talent Hunt.
Younger children can participate in the Home Depot Kids Workshop to build their own crafts. There will also be an artistic expression competition for children and youth, as well as food and merchandise vendors, and consumer information exhibits.
“An event like this doesn’t happen year after year without sponsors and we’re grateful for their support of community events that empower residents to take care of their health, and to help them make important decisions for themselves and their families,” said Jones.
Organizations and businesses that have pledged support include Kaiser Permanente, City of Vallejo, VALCORE, Comcast, Kappa Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, The Links Solano County Chapter, KUIC 95.3 and Gospel 1190.
Applications are available at www.vallejojuneteenth.com or call (707) 322-5748.