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June 12th, 2009
San Marcos prepares for Juneteenth celebration


San Marcos community organizations will celebrate Juneteenth June 19-21 with barbecue and cobbler cook-offs, games for all ages, music, a car show and a downtown procession to commemorate the 143rd anniversary of the day that Texas slaves learned they were free in 1865.

“This is a great opportunity to celebrate a holiday that finds its origin deeply rooted in Texas history,” said council member Chris Jones.

Participants can sign up for the parade, car show and cook-off competitions at

On June 19, 1865, the Union General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston , Texas , to inform inhabitants of the Civil War’s end two months earlier. Two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Granger’s General Order Number 3 finally freed the last 250,000 slaves whose bondage, due to the minimal Union presence in the region, had been essentially unaffected by Lincoln’s efforts.

“As Juneteenth jubilees remind us, the Emancipation Proclamation did not bring about emancipation. The Texas Juneteenth celebration is the nation’s oldest and most significant commemoration of the final freeing of the slaves,” Jones said.

Juneteenth Celebration San Marcos

Friday, June 19 | Hosted by the Dunbar Heritage Association at Dunbar Park
11 a.m. to sell-out Juneteenth barbecue plate sell – $6
11 a.m. Kids’ games in the park (moonwalk, face painting, cakewalk)
Noon Juneteenth Peach Cobbler Cookoff
Noon Baller Bowl Madden Tournament
2 p.m. Bingo
4:30 p.m. 3-on-3 basketball tournament (double elimination)
6 p.m. Juneteenth Domino Tournament
Hosted by the Juneteenth Charity Cook-Off Committee at City Park
Start of Juneteenth BBQ Charity Cookoff
7 p.m. Music in the park and fajita cook-off
8:30 p.m. Beans cook-off
Saturday, June 20
11 a.m. Juneteenth procession (starts at Dubar Park to City Park)
Noon to 1:30 p.m. Juneteenth Car Show
Noon Chicken Cookoff
3 p.m. Cook’s Choice Cookoff
3:30 p.m. Fruit Cobbler BBQ Pit Cookoff
4 p.m. Brisket Cookoff
Hosted by the Juneteenth Cake Auction Committee
5 p.m. Juneteenth Cake Auction | San Marcos Activity Center
Hosted by the Pride of San Marcos Masonic Lodge No. 494 | Call (512) 749-9271 for ticket information
7 p.m. Juneteenth History Banquet at Embassy Suites Veramendi Ballroom B

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