Manhattan celebrates 30th annual Juneteenth celebration

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - Friday evening and all day Saturday, Manhattan celebrated its 30th annual Juneteenth celebration.

The Juneteenth celebration was designed with the whole community in mind, with activities for all ages.

Fort Riley’s Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard lead the unity walk around Manhattan’s city park.

There was a make and take craft area for kids along with a bicycle rodeo to test the kids’ bike riding skills.

On display were numerous pictures and articles about historic locals to help educate the community on why the Juneteenth celebration is important.

“Juneteenth is the celebration of African Americans learning that we’re free as slaves and it’s very meaningful to me because this next generation should continue to know the history and I’m proud to be a part of the committee in Manhattan.” Juneteenth Committee member, Zelia Wiley says.

Also part of today’s celebration was a grilling contest between Riley County Police Department and the Douglass Community Recreation Center, with RCPD winning the chicken division and Douglass Community Recreation Center winning the brisket division.