Juneteenth Celebration Starts Friday in Mexico

Anthony Herndon (l) and Ayanna Shivers (r) joined Michael Daugherty (m) and Ray Michaels on the “Michaels and Matt Morning Show” on Country 96 and on KXEO.   (Photo courtesy of Ray Michaels)

The annual Juneteenth celebration runs June 17th-19th in Mexico. Festivities begin Friday morning at the Mexico Public Library, according to event co-coordinator Ayanna Shivers.

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A reading time is scheduled for youngsters at 10:30am at the Mexico Public Library. Adults will be entertained by historical figures and more at 1pm at the library.

Friday night events start at 6pm at Garfield Park in Mexico with the Mexico’s own Garfield Drill Team  performing and vendors covering the grounds. That will be followed up by the Missouri High Steppers of Columbia and then DJ Annette Driver will provide music. A basketball competition gets underway at 7pm, with a 3-on-3 tournament and also a skills competition.

Registration for the basketball begins at 6pm, with a $1 entry fee.

Saturday festivities starts with a Health Fair at  Ty-Land from 9:30-11:00am. The celebration then resumes at Garfield Park, with vendors and the basketball tournament resuming. Other events scheduled include sack races (4pm) and a kickball tournament (5pm) with DJ’s Charles Thompson and Charles Reese providing the music.

Sunday Rev. Kim Lue will bring the message beginning at 10:30 am at the Mexico United Methodist Church and the Juneteenth Choir will also perform. After the service, food and fellowship will be exchanged before the celebration heads back to Garfield Park for a Family Day get-together beginning at 1pm.