Juneteenth Awards & Competitions

Participate or nominate someone for the Juneteenth Awards and competitions!

Juneteenth Community Awards

In celebration of community leadership, the Juneteenth1865 committee will recognize local leaders. In addition to the traditional Juneteenth Awards the Juneteenth Committee are asking for nominations for the Juneteenth Community Awards sponsored by Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Nominees must be active in Winnebago County. All nominees will be asked to attend the Juneteenth Celebration to receive their award. The winners will be announced during the Juneteenth Celebration on Sunday, June 19th. Exact time will be emailed to all nominees and nominators on a future date.  Deadline for Nominations: June 3, 2022

Community Awards Categories include:

Impactor Award – A local community group that makes a positive continuous impact on the lives of minority community members.

Juneteenth Advocate of the Year – Individual who has been involved in one or more projects that specifically supports the advancement of collaboration in support of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity.

Unsung Hero-An Individual who works behind the scenes to improve the region/ community. (Seeking someone who often works behind the scenes and/or has not been substantially recognized for passions and efforts)

2022 Juneteenth Community Awards Nomination Form


Sunday’s Best Competition

In collaboration with Tommy Meeks’ Annual Juneteenth Celebration, Live at Levings presents the Inspirational/Christian Talent Show. This talent show is for all ages who are want showcase their talent within the inspirational/Christian genre. Show your talents in areas of singing, praise dancing, acting, juggling, rapping, poetry, comedy, & more! The “Sunday’s Best” competition will take place at Sinnissippi Park at 5:30pm-6:30pm.


1st Place :$1,000

2nd Place: $500

3rd Place: $300

1st & 2nd place winners will compete in the finals on August 21, 2022!

Sign up early, or the day of (pending slots are available). For more information contact Harlan Jefferson at 815-621-4319

Juneteenth Queen Competition

Become part of the Juneteenth Queen competition. Check back here for more details soon!

Help us celebrate the 2021 Juneteenth Award Recipients!

Join us in congratulating our previous year’s Juneteenth Community Awards Recipients.