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Juneteenth pies lined up for the judges during the Juneteenth celebration (photo by Aaron Zaremsky)

Juneteenth a Scrumptious Affair

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Every great event deserves a holiday. When Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862, it took nearly three years for news to reach southern states like Texas. The holiday of Juneteenth, despite its rather ambiguous title, commemorates the news of Emancipation finally reaching all states in the country.

The holiday has many traditions, but last Friday night at the Bryan Center, Joanne Caputo, Lynn Sontag and Betty Felder organized a particularly tasty competition: a pie contest. Third place was Moira Laughlin, Diane Foubert took second and first place went to the daughter-mother duo Aurelia and Doris Blake for their delicious sweet-potato pie.

Of course no Juneteenth would be complete without great music, and Joanne Caputo treated everyone to hours of the best Motown jams, hand-selected by herself. Artists included Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Marvin Gaye. With the right elements of soulful tunes and delicious pie, the holiday was a cheery event.

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