Wellington hosting Juneteenth Community Party at Madison Park

Greg Williams
Wellington Daily News
Madison Park in Wellington, Kansas

WELLINGTON, Kansas – Last year, Wellington’s code official Erma Ratliff planned a peaceful protest walk in the light of social injustice and the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. This year, Ratliff is setting up another community event for Juneteenth.

Juneteenth (June 19) is an annual holiday observing the end of slavery in the United States.

“Around a year ago, I planned a peaceful protest walk,” said Ratliff. “It was very successful and we had overwhelming community support. This year, we wanted to have another event.”

The community party will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Madison Park on 1000 E Lincoln Ave. The park is located where most of the low-income and minority families live in Wellington.

The party will feature a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a bounce house, cornhole, a live DJ, food trucks, free water and free popcorn.  DJ Mike Reyes will be playing music, then there will be five food trucks – Devour Food Truck, The Rolling Greek, Jackpot Food Truck, Bobs BBQ and Kona Ice.

There will be an opportunity to win money in the 3-on-3 tournament. The event will be limited to 16 teams with four to five players per team. Teams will have to pay a $75 fee to enter. First place will win $150, second place will win $100 and third place will win $75.

Cornhole will have their own tournament. The event will be limited to 16 teams and will be $30 per team's entry. The top three teams will receive a payout. All proceeds will go towards park improvements at Madison Park. 

The community party is looking for volunteers, donations or suggestions to help make this event a success. Those who are interested should call 620-307-1113 or email for information at Wellingtoncommunityparty@gmail.com