Juneteenth symbolizes the end of slavery and the beginning of freedom. While its roots are in Texas, Juneteenth has become a day to celebrate freedom all over the United States. Juneteenth almost always focuses on education and self-improvement. Juneteenth today, celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures. As it takes on a more national, symbolic and even global perspective, the events of 1865 in Texas are not forgotten, for all of the roots tie back to this fertile soil from which a national day of pride is growing.
We are excited to keep this festival going in the Dayton area!
Saturday, June 17th
McIntosh Park (corner of Riverview and Edwin C. Moses)
This year’s event features:
8:00 am to 10:30 am
The 2017 Red Velvet 5K Cupcake Run featuring Twist Cupcake’s newest cupcake – Southern Comfort (8:00 am sign in, 9:00 am Runner start/9:05 am Walkers start, 10:15 am Winners Announced) – Join hundreds of people as you run along the beautiful Wolf Creek Bike Trail while eating a variety of cupcakes like Red Velvet, Southern Comfort and others along the way.)
Sponsors and supporters: CareSource, Third Perk, Twist Cupcakery and Mission:Fit Dayton.
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
First Dayton Little League All Star Baseball Game featuring the two current winningest teams of the First Dayton Little League competing for the Juneteenth Championship. Special recognition ceremony for the First Dayton Little League members who won the 1978-79 Little League State Championship.
Help former First Dayton Little League Coaches – Buddy Hall, Ron Johnson, John Smith and Dr. Robert Walker raise money for First Dayton Little League while competing for Coach of the Year. Click here for more details and to make your donation.
Supporter and Sponsor: Dayton Dragons
All Day (11:00 pm to 4:30 pm)
“Best In the West” Rib and Southern Comfort Food Taste Competition
Texas Beef and Cattle Company, The Painted Pepper and the BBQ duo of City Commissioner Chris Shaw and County Recorder Willis Blackshear and other local food vendors compete for the best BBQ dish, sides and dessert. (Want to join the competition? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get the entry form)
Live Music from local music group
Outdoor Experience Fun Area provided by Five Rivers Metro Park
Kids Area featuring The Party Bus
The Market Place Village
Be a merchandise vendor, email email@example.com
Welcome To Wesley Community Center
Wesley Community Center’s services transitions families towards self-sufficiency by meeting the spiritual and basic needs of families of all ages offering assistance in education, workforce development and health and wellness.
Opened in 1966 to meet the emerging socio- economic needs of families in crisis and in need of support to overcome economic hardships, the Wesley Community Center has grown from a drop-in help center with one paid staff member and a budget of less than $25,000 to assist a few families to a comprehensive social service agency with paid staff of over twenty people, a million dollar budget and a dozen programs serving more than 7,000 people a year in the areas of workforce development, health and wellness and education. Read more
We are committed to:
- Responding to families and individuals in crisis.
- Providing program opportunities for all ages.
- Providing a community space for local community groups that respond to neighborhood concerns.
- Supporting community endeavors and build bridges of understanding between people in West Dayton and throughout the greater Dayton community.