It's About the People, The Culture, The Cuisine...

Write the Vision

An early Saturday morning in February 2013, Rachelle Long invited Valley Junction descendants to her home. Dino Rodish, Vincent Valdez, Mark Rocha, Larry McLachlan III, and Reike Plecas came to listen to a vision that resided on the inside of her for several years. She shared her vision and passion for the project ... a neighborhood reunion.

Reike made phone calls to Mayor Steve Gaer and others seeking support of this idea. The Mayor said “Tell Rachelle if she incorporates it, I will support it.” Within a week Reike processed the necessary paperwork and the first seed donation came from our own Mayor Steve Gaer. Thus the Taste of the Junction, Inc. was born!

Taste of the Junction, Inc. became a nonprofit organization in 2014. The celebration of this neighborhood and its rich heritage continues to grow. Annual events include the following Jazzin' In the Junction, The Junction Speaks, and The Multicultural Street Festival.