Juneteenth Festival events run through Saturday night in Magnolia.
The Festival’s Gospel Explosion will take place Friday at 7 p.m. at the Magnolia Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free entry.
Minister Anthony Jackson is the guest emcee. Righteous Living and Grace are the featured artists. The Rising Starz Dance Team, Destined Gospel Group, and the Young, Gifted, & Black Band will also perform.
A day of entertainment is planned for Saturday. All are sponsored by the United Community Organization. The Magnolia Publicity and Promotion Commission provides some of the funding.
The Magnolia High School track will host the Soul Stroll from 7:30 a.m.
A parade will take place on South Jackson Street, starting at the Christ Church parking lot and ending at South Side Park. The parade starts at 11 a.m. There are no entrance fees. For more information, contact Roland Story at 870-949-7094.
South Side Park will host many events starting at noon.
The ribs contest starts at 2 p.m. Chefs compete for top prizes of $500, $300 and $200.
Tickets are $12 per plate and will be served with baked beans, potato salad, bread and dessert. Contact Shoney Young for tickets at 870-949-7501.
Juneteenth’s Got Art, an event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Magnolia, will begin at 3 p.m. It is aimed at young people from 6 to 17 years old.
A dominoes tournament will begin at 4 p.m. The double elimination competition requires a $20 entry fee for a team of two. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. The grand prize is $200.
The “Spirit of Dance” showcase will start at 6 p.m.