The twenty-fifth Annual Juneteenth Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Penn Park. The Celebration will kick off at 10:00 a.m. with the Annual Parade, which starts in the Fountain of Life Family Worship Center’s parking lot located at 633 West Badger Road and going down Badger Rd. to Park St and ending at Penn Park. This year’s theme is: “Juneteenth 2014…” Juneteenth is a wonderful opportunity to experience the rich history of African Americans through various forms entertainment, lectures, visual presentation, food and other activities. Juneteenth provides the opportunity for your group or agency to reach a significant portion of Madison’s African American community. Our many partnerships have increased the Celebration’s ability to draw a wider audience from across Dane County.

There are several ways to become involved in the celebration, but today we ask that you consider renting space for information sharing, vending, displaying goods or services. The cost and other information pertinent to these opportunities are detailed within this packet.

Since food is such a critical part of our heritage, we work hard to ensure that attendees have a variety of African American cuisine to choose from at the Celebration. We are seeking vendors who specialize in “Soul Food” or other various kinds of African American foods. Because Juneteenth is a historic celebration, all food vendors are encouraged to sell Afro-centric cuisines. No beverages can be sold or given away on the day of the event. The Juneteenth Executive Committee has always maintained the exclusive rights to sell or select the vendors for specific items and will continue that tradition this year as well.

An informational meeting for those interested in renting vendor space at the Celebration will be held Tuesday, May 20th at 6:30 PM at the Urban League of Greater Madison (2222 S Park Street Madison WI Rm 227). Please use this opportunity to ask questions, and voice any concerns prior to the Celebration. We will be providing information on permits, parking changes, and inspection requirements. A representative from the Health Department will be available to answer any questions you may have. It is mandatory that interested vendors attend this meeting.

If you are interested in vendor space, please complete the appropriate attached sheet and return it with a money order or cashier’s check (payable to Juneteenth Fund) to Kujichagulia—Madison Center for Self Determination, Inc. (P.O. Box 259806 Madison, WI 53725).

If you have any questions, please contact us at via telephone or email at 608 284-8931 or kujichaguliajuneteenth@gmail.com.

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