Jackson’s Town and Country Days celebration features new events
JACKSON — The annual Jackson County Town and Country Days celebration, scheduled to begin today and continue through Sunday, is lining up its schedule with new and exciting events as well as some old favorites.
Sharon Henning, director of the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce, described some of the new additions to the celebration.
“One new event that I am especially excited about is the carnival, which will take place Thursday through Saturday,” she said. “We have a company called Cody Amusements coming, and there will be seven rides, five game stations and four to five food trailers. It’ll be a pretty good-sized carnival.”
The carnival will begin at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, 3 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday at the parking lot of the City Hall building. Pre-sale tickets for the carnival are available at Jackson Federal Savings & Loan, Bank Midwest and United Prairie Bank.
Another new event, slotted for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, is the Take a Kid Fishing Tournament with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at Ashley Park. The event is also sponsored by Jackson County Conservation. Kids are welcomed to bring their own pole and tackle; however, supplies will also be provided.
Henning explained that despite the rising water levels, the fishing tournament will go on.
“The sheriff’s office stated that they are not overly worried about the amount of standing water,” she said. “The type of fishing the kids will be doing is bottom-feeding fishing, so it shouldn’t be a problem.”
Due to the rise in mosquito population, the city will spray Thursday so that the festival is a comfortable and enjoyable time for everyone.
The celebration is also bringing back some festival favorites, such as the free movie matinée at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Historic State Theater, and the race night with fireworks set for 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Jackson Speedway.
“We invite everyone from the surrounding area to come celebrate, check out our town and enjoy the weekend with all of the activities,” Henning said.
Here is the full schedule of events:
8 a.m.: Water Aerobics at the JCC Pool
2:30 p.m.: Treasure Village Theatrical Performance “The Frog Prince” at the JCC Performing Arts Center
10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Craft Corner at the Jackson Library
Noon-7 p.m.: Crazy Days
4 p.m.-6 p.m.: Farmer’s Market at Ashley Park.
6 p.m.: Little Miss/Mister Contest. Hosted by the Jackson Women of Today at the Historic State Theatre.
9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Crazy Days
10 a.m.: Summer Story Time at the Library
3 p.m.-midnight: Beer Garden at the American Legion
6 p.m.: Bean Bag Tournament at the American Legion
6:30 p.m.: Tri-For-Health for kids
7 p.m.: Young Swedish Singers: Swedish Children’s Concert at Our Saviors Lutheran Church
9 p.m.-1 a.m.: Live! Outdoor Musical Entertainment at Pillar’s by IV Play
8-10 a.m.: Knights of Columbus Omelet Breakfast at Ashley Park
9 a.m.: Tri-For-Health for Adults
9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Take a Kid Fishing Tournament with the Sheriff’s Office at Ashley Park
9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Crazy Days/Vendor Craft Fair on Main Street
9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Classic Car and Tractor Show at Ashley Park
10 a.m.: Zumba at Ashley Park
11 a.m.: Bean Bag Tournament at the American Legion
11 a.m.: Beer Garden at the American Legion
11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Beer and Brats at the American Legion
1 p.m.: Free Movie Matinee at the Historic State Theatre
All Day — Jackpot Hog Show at the Fair
4 p.m.: Town & Country Days Parade
5 p.m.: Dinner Fundraiser at the Methodist Church
6:30 p.m.: Town & Country Night at the Races: Sprint Car Races at Jackson Speedway, fireworks at the end of the evening
7 p.m.: Street Dance with “Bottoms Up” Beer Dispenser at Bridget’s
10 a.m.: Community Worship Service in the Park
11:30 a.m.: Community Picnic in the Park
12:30 p.m.: Go-Kart Racing at the Jackson Speedway sponsored by Southwest Awards
1 p.m.: Top of the Nation Sheep Show at the Jackson County Fairgrounds
7 p.m.: WWW at Fort Belmont
Open Swimming at the JCC Pool: Mon.-Fri. 1-5:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 1-5 p.m.
Fort Belmont Tour: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sun. noon-4 p.m.
Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.