Celebrate Juneteenth and and kick off the Library’s Summer Learning Program with the 22nd Annual Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival at Northwest Library. From12PM to 5PM on Saturday, June 17, 2023, at Apollo Park, which is adjacent to the Northwest Branch Library, located at 1580 NW 3 Ave., Pompano Beach, FL 33060.
This day of free family fun, live entertainment, art and history includes performances, activities, exhibits and the legendary pie-tasting contest to crown the community's best sweet potato pie maker. From children's fun to great music and food, the Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival offers a good time for all ages. Festival highlights include: The Gary Palmer Band, Gospel Artists, Civil War re-enactors, Delt the DJ, storyteller Beverly Jones, Ashanti Cultural Arts Performers, dancing, hoola-hoop contest, multiple raffles and Delicious food vendors.
There will be historic fun with Rhonda B. Walker’s Old Fashioned Games: hoola hoop contest, tug-of-war, watermelon eating contest, sack races, foot races, and more, to honor the memory of Rhonda B. Walker, founder of the Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival in 1999 and Northwest Branch Library “Manager of Excellence” for many years.
Children, teens and adults can also register for the 2023 Library Summer Learning Program and find out about an action-packed summer of free fun. There will be a sign-up table for library cards and the Broward Supervisor of Elections will have a voter registration table on site and the Blood Donation Bus will be there as well; customers are encouraged to bring ID.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom or Emancipation Day, commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas. A history of the Juneteenth holiday will be part of the program.