The North Port St. Joe Project Area Coalition (NPSJ-PAC) will host its annual Juneteenth Day Celebration 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday, June 16 at the Washington Recreation Center.

This year’s celebration comes the week of the national Juneteenth Day, June 19, which recognizes the end of slavery in America.

Last year, the celebration was folded into a broader Fourth of July festivities; this year the program is the week of national Juneteenth Day.

This year's event is designed to highlight the legacy, culture, and heritage of Gulf County's African-American Community.

The event, which is free and intended for the entire family, will include a health fair, BBQ lunch and other food, kids carnival, a raffle for a television and a 50/50 raffle.

The keynote speaker will be the Honorable Judge Barbara Hobbs. She was the first African American elected to the Second Judicial Circuit Court bench on in November 2012.

Prior to being elected to the bench, Judge Hobbs was a practicing attorney for over 30 years and a member of the Florida Bar since 1982. She is a former partner with Cummings and Hobbs P.A.

Judge Hobbs has been active in the Second Judicial Circuit as a parent, a community member and a small business owner for most of her life. Please come out and hear this very dynamic speaker.

In partnership, the North Port St. Joe Project Area Coalition Health and Wellness Coalition, Gulf County Health Department and other local Health Care and Mental Health Service Providers, will host a Community Health Fair. Make plans to attend and be sure to bring your family and friends to enjoy the fun, food, games for kids and special musical entertainment this year.

The Washington Recreation Center is located at 414 Kenny Street in Port St. Joe. For more information call 227-5662.

* Note: Please bring a favorite, prized, family recipe, and a photograph of the person who made it famous, to the Celebration.

The Juneteenth Committee will compile all of the recipes into a special, one-of-a-kind, community cookbook.

The cookbooks will be sold to benefit the 2019 Celebration.

Please remember, so we can enjoy all the delicious food and memories for years to come.