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Tri-Cities Music festival will celebrate Juneteenth

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PASCO, Wash.- The Tri-Cities is getting ready for the only recognized celebration in Washington State of Juneteenth, the ending of slavery in the United States.

The Tri-Cities has commemorated the Emancipation for the past 31 years, and this Saturday Kurtzman Park in Pasco will be the venue for the Homecoming Music Festival.

Organizer John Staten says the celebration is not only for the African American community. "On the contrary, it's an event for Americans. It's not unlike the Fourth of July and not unlike our other fights for freedom that we won and that we celebrate."

The celebration kicks off Friday night with a beauty pageant at the Martin Luther King Junior Community Center, adjacent to Kurtzman Park at 333 South Wehe.

The music festival from noon to six Saturday is free, and will feature jazz, blues, gospel, R & B, funk, and hip-hop performed by national and regional entertainers.

There will also be food and merchandise vendors, and games for the kids.