The Eddie Mae Herron Center in Pocahontas hosted a Juneteenth celebration on Saturday which was kicked off by a community decorating competition. Juneteenth commemorates the day, June 19, 1865, on which many of the final slaves were notified tthe the emancipation Proclamation had been isssued two and a half years prior and assured them freedom.

Winners of the decorating contest were awarded plaques sponsored by The Blessings Project. The Blessings Project is a nonprofit organization whose aim is to improve communities and to establish partnerships among businesses, nonprofits, and community groups.

First Place: Kids First

Second Place: Elite Senior Care

Third Place: American Made General Store