Events around East Texas will mark Juneteenth, the celebration of June 19, 1865 — the day when Texas learned slavery had been abolished.
The city of Longview’s Broughton Recreation Center, in conjunction with the Emancipation Day Celebration and the Juneteenth Activity Planning Committee, will host a variety of activities through June 22:
■ Softball Tournament — 9 a.m. Saturday, Broughton Park, 801 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
■ Annual Parade — 10 a.m. Saturday, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
■ Car Show — 1 p.m. Saturday, Broughton Park
■ Local Entertainment — 1 p.m. Saturday, Broughton Park
■ Juneteenth Rodeo — 8 p.m. June 22, Rodeo Arena, Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center, 100 Grand Blvd., Longview. For information, call (903) 753-3165, email email@example.com or visit www.realcowboyassociation.com .
Longview area civic clubs, cultural groups, service organizations and individuals are invited to participate in the Juneteenth park activities. Park space is available for displays, food sales, carnival games, exhibits and demonstrations. For information, contact Broughton Recreation Center at (903) 237-1276.
In Kilgore, the Juneteenth Parade and Fun Fest is set Saturday. Lineup for the parade begins at 9 a.m. on Lawrence and ends at Kilgore City Park for Fun Fest, with food, games, prizes and music. For information, call (903) 987-9567
Historic Longview Farmers Market
Now in its 10th season, the Historic Longview Farmers Market is showcasing local musicians most Saturday mornings. The market is open 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays through Thanksgiving at West Cotton and South High streets in downtown Longview.
The “Made Right for East Texas Music Tent” is sponsored by Saf-T-Box and Eric Bartlett. Upcoming performances are:
■ Saturday: Ramoth and Ursula Gilead
■ June 22: Dick Chapman
■ June 29: Keith Rea
Area musicians interested in performing should contact Ellen Gordon at (903) 720-1398.
The market features more than three dozen vendors, including farmers with a variety of fruit and vegetables and culinary artists selling baked goods, take and bake casseroles, jams, jellies, preserves, relishes and locally roasted coffee. Free-range, non-GMO eggs and beef, lamb, chicken and pork also are available at the market, along with handmade products for home use and gifts.
This year Niki and Darren Groce also are sponsoring an artists tent with two local artists displaying their work each Saturday.
For information, visit www.historiclongviewfarmersmarket.com or find the market on Facebook.
East Texas Pride Festival
Longview’s Sixth Annual East Texas Pride Festival, “It Takes a Village,” is set Saturday and moves from downtown Longview to the Ag Pavilion at the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center, at 100 Grand Boulevard.
Billed as East Texas’ largest such event, the festival will be held 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The festival includes food trucks, shopping, a beer garden, an outdoor children’s area and live entertainment. Admission is free.
Traveling history exhibits
Two exhibits exploring Texas’ past will close Saturday at the Gregg County Historical Museum and East Texas Oil Museum.
■ “Annexation: Celebrating Texas Statehood” is on display at the Gregg County Historical Museum, at 214 N. Fredonia St. in Longview. The exhibit tells the story of Texas as a Mexican colony and Republic, its campaign to join the United States and annexation. Based on an exhibition of original artifacts and documents created by the Texas Capitol Visitors Center and produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the exhibit consists of photographs of historic documents, daguerreotypes, sketches, artifacts and concise texts. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For group visits call (903) 753-5840 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children, free for children younger than 4 and $2 for senior citizens.
■ “Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America through Galveston Island” is on display at the East Texas Oil Museum at Kilgore College at the corner of U.S. 259 and Ross Avenue in Kilgore. The exhibit explores Galveston’s role as a major gateway for immigration as a port of entry for hundreds of thousands of people between 1845 and 1924. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 3 to 11 and Kilgore College students and employees, and free for ages 3 and younger. For information, visit Facebook or easttexasoilmuseum.kilgore.edu or call (903) 983-8295.
Crawfish Music Festival
Tempest Golf Club, at 568 E. Wilkins Road in Gladewater, is hosting the Crawfish Music Festival from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday.
The music festival is open to the public with free admission and features crawfish and drinks.
Levi Kitchen will perform from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and Dagnabbit will perform from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
For information, visit tempestgolfclub.com .
LMFA photography exhibit
An exhibit of works by photographer Laura Wilson will end June 22 at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts.
Wilson, whose work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and GQ, has spent decades photographing life in the modern American West. The exhibit, “That Day: Pictures from the American West,” documents her work.
The museum is at 215 E. Tyler St.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Admission is $5 and free for members.
For information, visit www.lmfa.org .