Juneteenth will feature Apollo-style talent contest

  • Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 4:36 p.m.

This year’s Juneteenth event may seem familiar to some with the addition of a talent contest that will bear a resemblance to the popular variety television program “Showtime at the Apollo.” Organizers have added the first Juneteenth Apollo talent contest.

The celebration is free to the public and will be held 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, June 15, at Kelsey Scott Park, 1920 Old Wilkesboro Road.


Organizers say that this year there will be just one day for activities. The event is sponsored by the Vashti Chapter No. 122 Order of the Eastern Star Inc. This is the 19th year for the event, which is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. This year’s theme is “A Celebration of Family and Friends.” Proceeds from the event are used for a back-to-school supply giveaway.

There will be three categories for the Apollo talent contest — kids, teens and adults, said organizer Jill Burch. She said the top winner in each category will receive a cash prize.

Burch said the contest is open to any individual, group or choir who would like to sing, rappers (clean lyrics), drum lines, drill teams, jazz/gospel/soul bands, models, hair designers for hair show, tap or ballet dancers, public speakers, poets and comics.

There will be other activities during the event including a car show, one-on-one basketball contest and horseshoes.

The continued mission is to provide the community with an environment for networking, increase awareness of the history of Juneteenth and provide vendors and local community talent a platform.

The vendor fee is $60 if the application is submitted or postmarked by Friday, May 31. The vendor fee increases to $75 if it is submitted or postmarked after May 31.

Burch said since there are new requirements for vendors who are not nonprofits, approval must be obtained from the Rowan County Health Department. Information regarding any permits for vendors will be included in the vendor packets. Organizers ask those vendors who need to obtain permits to do so as early as possible.

Those who attend the event are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on while there.

Talent applications and vendor applications with payment can be made in person or by mail to Vashti Chapter #122-Order of Eastern Start (Special Acct.), c/o F&M Bank, Attn: Rory D. Godsey, 630 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., Salisbury, NC 28147.

For more information about the Juneteenth Apollo contest contact Thelma Cook at 229-325-8030 for Apollo Kids, Shawana Godfrey at 704-232-1690 for Apollo Teens, or Barbara Summers at 704-232-0464 for Apollo Adults.

For more information about the Gospel program contact Ebony Hooker at 704-232-5745, Patricia Blackmon at 704-433-4639 or Barbara Summers at 704-232-0464.

For more information about vendor opportunities call Ebony Hooker at 704-232-5745, Stanley McMullen at 704-202-4626 or Jill Burch at 704-202-8590.

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