St. Leonard, MD – The 23rd annual Community Day presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Calvert County Chapter was held Saturday, June 16 at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM) in St. Leonard. The six-hour festival is Calvert County’s official celebration of “Juneteenth,” a day to celebrate independence. It was on June 19, 1865 that Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and announced the end of the Civil War, which in effect, freed over 250,000 enslaved Texans.

The celebration was again hosted by Washington, DC area comic Sean Sarvis and featured performances by Clarinetist Sharron and the Hardaway Connection Band. Children’s activities were provided by the Judy Center in Lusby, Head Start of Calvert and Woop Woop the Clown. A bike safety demonstration was also conducted. Six food vendors were kept busy by the hungry attendees.

The highlight of the celebration was the talent show. A panel of judges rendered some difficult decisions. The winners were: in the youth category, first-place, dancer Adonis Gray and second-place, singer Destiny Watkins. In the teen category, first-place, singer Kaitlyn Croaker; second-place, singer Jasmine Nuako; and dancer Zen Nuako. In the adult category the winners were, first-place, singer Regina Pullin; second-place, singer Avion Keemer; and “yo-yo-ist” Surjo. Seven other individuals participated in the talent show.

Community Day sponsors were Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, Sewell Funeral Home, S.J. Johnson, Reid School Bus Service, the Calvert County Commissioners and JPPM.

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