Juneteenth Festival

SATURday, June 15th, 2024 at 1:00 p.m.

Place: Washington Park Square, 5th and Maine in Quincy, IL

Time: All Vendors set up at 8 a.m.

Community Festival: Activities to start at 1:00 p.m. and end around 8:30 p.m.

This year’s community festival will be opened by a parade with the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle club from Kansas City and St. Louis and will include Puttin’ on the Hits, a cake walk, petting zoo, Kids Zone, Mid-Missouri High Steppers, Corn Hole contest, Sheryl Youngblood, live DJ “DJ Damnit Man”, Tamika Latchison, winner of Quincy’s The Voice, bounce houses, health fair, giveaways, informational vendors and food vendors. (The Lil Miss and Mr. Pageant has been cancelled for 2024.)

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Sheryl Youngblood

Sheryl Youngblood

Singer, Songwriter, Musician, AV Technician.

Growing up in a musically inclined family with her mother having her own female group “The Royal Harmonetts” and being a pianist and vocalist in the church, Sheryl was born into music.

2015 Chicago Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee Sheryl Youngblood began singing and playing various instruments in the church.

In her teen years Sheryl began her own female group at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church called “Sisters.” She wrote several of their songs and also wrote songs for the National Baptist State Convention.

Sheryl auditioned for and was immediately accepted into the world-renowned gospel recording group “Rev. Milton Brunson and the Thompson Community Singers of Chicago” affectionately called “The Tommies.”

While Sheryl sang with “The Tommies,” the group won both Grammy and Stella Awards. During that time Sheryl began playing drums and singing with various recording artist such as Otis Clay, Artie “BLUES BOY” White, Bobby “Slim” James, “KoKo” Taylor and “The KoKo Taylor Blues Foundation”, Nellie “Tiger” Travis, Willie Rogers, 3-time Hall of Famer Billy Shelton, 3 time Stella Award winner “Darrius Brooks”, Hall of Fame Group “The Spaniels, “Raven” Grammy and Emmy Award winner Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Daryl Coley, LeAnn Faine, and Stormy Weather.

Sheryl Youngblood

She has opened for The Whispers, Buddy Guy, Lakeside, Chante Moore, Reheem De’Vaughn, Kindred The Family Soul, Denise LaSalle, Bobby Rush, John Primer, Maurice John Vaughn and the list goes on.

Sheryl Youngblood

In 1995 Sheryl Formed “SAYYES!” band and an all female band Ultimately Blessed a.k.a. “UB” SAYYES! And UB performed at many different venue’s and put on yearly benefit concerts for SWWR (Batter and abused Women and Children Facility) Cancer; Sickle cell Anemia; Diabetes; Prostate Cancer and more.

Sheryl’s mission is to touch everyone possible musically even if only for an hour or two on stage making someone feel better then they did when they arrived to the event!

Missouri High Steppers

Missouri High Steppers – Signature Entertainment Quest

Rolando Barry founded the Missouri Highsteppers in 1979. He belonged to similar drill teams as a child in St. Louis. They are an outreach program that encourages youth to become part of a team and part of a community. They strive to instill life and character-building principles by encouraging discipline, work ethics, and teamwork.

Kenneth “Dream Maker” Thomas

Buffalo Soliders Motorcycle Club

Believing that it was time to establish a modern progressive motorcycle club whose focus was to promote a positive image among African Americans that would be respected in the community and throughout the country, Kenneth ‘Dream Maker’ Thomas founded the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club of Chicago in October 1993.

The name Buffalo Soldiers was initially selected to pay homage to and ensure the legacy of African American military contributions in the post Civil War era.

Under the leadership of Kenneth Thomas, the new club was chartered as the Buffalo Troopers Motorcycle Club of Chicago.

The National Association of Buffalo Soldiers and Troopers Motorcycle Club was formed in 1999 with the Chicago Chapter being recognized as the mother chapter of the organization. The club has grown to over 120 chapters including in Hawaii and South Korea.

With a mission to educate people on the rich history of the 9th and 10th Cavalry of Buffalo Soldiers who served in the U.S. Army from 1866-1944, each of our Chapters proudly serve in their communities to display goodwill, and we ride our motorcycles in which is referred to as our ‘iron horse‘.

Tamika Latchison

Juneteenth 2024 Festival proudly welcomes Tamika Latchison, winner of Quincy’s The Voice

Singer / Song Writer Butch Dubarri

Singer Kent "Butch Dubarri" Sprague
Singer Kent “Butch Dubarri” Sprague

Butch Dubarri began his music career at the tender age of 14 when he formed his first combo in the small mid-western town of Quincy, Illinois. He has spent his life playing, performing, recording, and writing. Featuring songs including Color Me Cowboy, Wasted Waters, Cowboy’s Angel, She Ain’t Skinny, She’s Mine, and Papa Was a Cowboy.

Giving Back to the Community

Support Juneteenth 2024 by giving donations to your local Horizons food pantry.

Horizons will be at the Festival with their white van, taking food donations.

Juneteenth Community Festival Food
Juneteenth Community Festival Fun