HHOMA seeks vendors and performers for annual Juneteenth Celebration

CHARLESTON, WV – The Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs is seeking vendors, performers, performance groups and artists for its third annual Juneteenth Celebration. The event is set for Saturday, June 15, from 5-9 p.m. in the North Plaza of the State Capitol Complex.

“Juneteenth is such a joyful and festive holiday,” HHOMA Director Jill Upson said. “I call on all vendors and performers throughout the state who have been looking for outlets to showcase their talent to submit their entry to be a part of HHOMA’s emancipation celebration.”

This is the third year that HHOMA has hosted the Juneteenth Celebration in partnership with FestivALL Charleston. This year it will be held at the State Capitol Complex complete with games, prizes, crafts, vendors, food and more. This event is free of charge and open to the public. Prizes for children will be awarded at 8:30 p.m.

All vendors and food trucks must email the name of the business, contact information and description of their business to HHOMA@wv.gov no later than May 31, 2019. There is a $50 fee for vendors. Checks and money orders should be made out to:

1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
Building 1, Room 9R
Charleston, WV 25305.

Those interested in applying as a performer should email a description of their proposed performance along with a short video as an unlisted YouTube video link to HHOMA@wv.gov. An unlisted video is a type of private video — only people who know the link to the video can view it. It will not appear in YouTube’s public spaces such as search results or your channel. Instructions for how to do so are as follows:

• Start by signing in to YouTube (or creating an account if you don’t already have one).
• Follow the usual steps to upload a video.
• In the privacy settings, change the video from “public” to “unlisted.”
• Send the YouTube video link and all pertinent information to HHOMA@wv.gov.

Video links must be submitted by May 17, 2019. Winners will be announced by May 24, 2019. Prizes will be awarded to selected performers along with an opportunity to perform at the Juneteenth Celebration on June 15, 2019. For more information, please contact the office at 304-356-2023 or Michelle.D.Petties@wv.gov.

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