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Juneteenth to be held Saturday

Decatur’s Fifth Annual Juneteenth Festival will be Saturday.

“Black Arts in the Park” will be at Smith Park on East Moulton Street and Somerville Road. The fun begins at noon with the theme “Where are the dream keepers?”

Families are invited to bring lawn chairs and enjoy a relaxing day of live entertainment, including singers, rappers and dancers. There will also be games and prizes for children. Free food and drinks will be available for anyone attending the event.

The festival’s aim is to encourage family and community involvement. Ideally, this will strengthen behavior in schools, with a mission of “no school arrests, no teen pregnancies and no high school drop outs.”

- Emily Peck

Singing on the Square is Friday

ATHENS — Bluegrass and country tunes will erupt on the Athens square Friday night.

The monthly Singing on the Square will start at 6:30 with Just Down the Road, followed by Brooke Higdon.

The event is free. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Three downtown restaurants, Pablo’s on Market, Sassy’s Fraz and Tortillas Blanco, will be open.

- Holly Hollman

Racking horse show moves to Priceville

The Police forced all the racking horses to leave Shelbyville, Tenn., this weekend, so they’re headed to Priceville.

That’s The Police as in the rock band led by Sting that will headline dozens of groups performing at the annual Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn.

All hotel rooms in the area are full, so organizers of the annual Shelbyville Classic Racking Horse Show moved the event to Celebration Arena.

The show is Friday starting at 4 p.m. and Saturday, starting at 5 p.m. It features 57 classes both nights, making it one of the larger shows on the breed’s circuit.

Tickets are $5 per person or $10 per family or group.

Celebration Arena is on Alabama 67, a few miles south of Interstate 65.

- Paul Huggins

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