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Community fun planned at Juneteenth celebration – Chico Enterprise-Record


OROVILLE — The African American Family & Cultural Center is hosting the 10th Annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday.

“We’re inviting everyone to come out to celebrate freedom with the AAFCC with education, music, dancing, food and a lot of community family fun,” said Cissy Smith, assistant director.

The celebration starts with a three-on-three basketball tournament for youth and adults from 8 a.m. to noon at Oroville High School, 1535 Bridge St. To register in advance, call 530-532-1205 or just show up that morning to play. A taco truck will be serving free tacos at the tournament.

The tournament is called “The First Annual Tavian McCarter Basketball Tournament,” and is being held in honor of Tavian McCarter, the son of AAFCC director Tiffany McCarter.

“Tavian used to play AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) in Butte County. He can’t play anymore due to serious health issues, but we are hoping he’ll be well enough to come out and open up the tourney,” said Smith.

Festivities will continue later in the day from 3 to 7 p.m. in Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 2921 B St. at Burlington Avenue. This free event will include information booths from local service agencies, arts and crafts vendors, food booths as well as a water slide and bounce house for children. Live entertainment includes performances by Splick da Groove and the Everyday People, Lorron Jimerson, Victoria Knighten and Josh Edwards as well as the AAFCC dance team, Dance Diverse.

“We have about 50 vendors including 10 food vendors serving barbeque, fried chicken and fried fish, sweet snacks, hot dog, fruit and tacos,” said Smith.

Retail vendors with lotions and body products, jewelry, clothing as well as other items will join education vendors including Catalyst Domestic Violence Services, Stonewall Alliance Center, 6th Street Youth Center, Haven of Hope on Wheels, Ampla Health, Feather River Recreation and Park District, Oroville Chamber of Commerce and Oroville Association of Realtors among others.

“We’ll have lots of kids’ activities including an obstacle course. We’re also hosting a chess tournament for youth and adults,” said Smith.

“Juneteenth” is a blend of two words: “June” and “19th” and is a federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. It was on June 19, 1865 that Union soldiers, led by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, landed in Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that all slaves were free.

This holiday is considered the “longest running African-American holiday” and has been called “America’s second Independence Day.”

“We hope that people come out to share the fun. It’s a free event. Free, free, free including smoke and drug free,” said Smith.

The AAFCC Juneteenth Celebration is sponsored by Oroville Hospital, First 5 Butte County, Butte County Behavioral Health, Community Organized Relief Effort, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office and Feather Falls Casino among others.



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