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Vicksburg Juneteenth Heritage Festival to host inaugural poetry contest



(Vicksburg Juneteenth Heritage Festival)

There are many reasons to get involved in Juneteenth. Among them are community contests, such as the poetry contest which is debuting at the Heritage Festival.

The Vicksburg Juneteenth Heritage Festival’s poetry contest will be accepting submissions until June 11. Those wishing to enter must submit their poems by email to

The contest will be divided into several categories: 1st-2nd grade, 3rd-4th grade, 5th-6th grade, junior high school and high school.

Everyone that enters will receive a certificate of participation.  First place in each category will also receive an age appropriate Juneteenth book, a gift card to Burger King, 2 passes to the Vicksburg Civil War Museum and an invite to read the winning poem during the festival.

Second place winners from each category will receive an age appropriate Juneteenth book and a gift card to McDonalds.

When submitting, please include name, grade and school along with the poem.  Poems must be related to Juneteenth and be original.

It costs nothing to enter, so let the creativity flow.

Juneteenth Heritage Festival is hosting a poetry contest. (Vicksburg Juneteenth Heritage Festival)


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