Big fun for second annual Juneteenth Celebration

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Next Generation has Juneteenth celebrations down. For the second year in a row, event organizer LaTonya Darnell and the rest of the Next Generation crew have put together a two-day event worthy of the holiday.

This year as last, the family-friendly celebration started with a softball tournament—8 teams from Cameron, Franklin, Hearne and Rockdale competing for the glory. In the end, the Franklin teams walked off with the trophies and the glory with the Rejects taking first place, The Click taking second, and Re-Roe winning third place honors.

On Saturday, the fun kicked off with a parade through the west side of Hearne with Judge Fred Webber (JP, pct. 4) leading off as parade Grand Marshall.
Next, starting at 3:00 p.m. and lasting through the evening, families and friends gathered at Godfrey-Gentry Park for games and food, dunking booth and water slide. The water features were enhanced by a sudden downpour but it did anyone go home? Probably not. Running in the rain just became another source of fun.

Over 200 people made it to the park. Counting all three parts of this celebration, total participation was probably closer to 400.

Darnell said, “Seeing all the big smiles just made our day.” She added that Next Generation is dedicated to bringing positive flow into Hearne, and the Juneteenth Celebration with its area-wide participation certainly qualified.

Next Generation wishes to thank all of its dedicated sponsors. Without their help, the event would not have been possible. Sponsors include Hearne PD Chief Thomas Williams; Lucky Food Mart; the H.T. Riders, Tooties, Hats; Godwins; Steve Jenkins and Luminant; Prosperity Bank; County Commissioners Keith Petitt, Donald Threadgill, Keith Nickelson and Robert Bielamowicz; Mrs. Hazel Embra; County Judge Jan Roe; the Styling Studio; Miles 99 Cent Store, Seymores Grocery; County Treasurer Mindy Turner; Smith’s Cleaners of Franklin; Constable LeAnthony Dykes, and others.

Melissa Freeman | Robertson County News

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