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Greenwood Organization to Host Fourth Annual Juneteenth Festival

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GREENWOOD, Miss.  —The fourth annual Juneteenth Festival, hosted by the G.O.O.D. Fellas organization, is set to take place on Saturday, June 15, starting at 5 p.m. on West Front Street in downtown Greenwood.

The G.O.O.D. Fellas, which stands for Greenwood Outreach for Opportunity and Development, was established around 2020-2021 to promote community service and celebrate significant events like Juneteenth, marking the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States in 1865.

Kameron Daniels, Secretary and Treasurer of the organization, highlighted the importance of the festival’s growth and its new downtown location, reflecting the expanding influence of the event. “This year will be the first year that we’re having it in historic downtown Greenwood. It just shows the growth of our organization and the festival as well,” Daniels said.

Jordan Freeman, President of the G.O.O.D. Fellas, emphasized the festival’s focus on educating the community about the significance of Juneteenth, particularly targeting African American awareness. “The entire purpose of the festival is to educate really the entire community on what the holiday stands for,” Freeman said. This year’s festival will feature vendors with educational resources, music, and a fireworks display to conclude the event.

Kenneth Milton Jr., Vice President, added that the festival has evolved each year, with new additions such as the Little Miss Juneteenth pageant, which will take place on Friday, June 14, at 6 p.m. at Mississippi Valley State’s Social Science Auditorium. “We get little girls out of the community that participate in the pageant. They compete together to be Little Miss Juneteenth,” Milton Jr. explained. The pageant includes rounds in modeling, interviews, talent, and a coronation dance.

Additionally, the festival will feature a variety of notable vendors, including Eddie’s Food Truck, Snow Biz, Ferguson Artistry, MDCPS, Bread and Butter, Circle L Enterprises, Tee’s Tasty Treats, and CSW Creations.

For more information about the festival, visit the Juneteenth Festival Facebook page or contact Kenneth Milton Jr. at (662) 299-8490.