Jackson Race Days fast approachingJACKSON — The annual Race Days and Rhythm of the River celebrations in Jackson will feature a triathlon for grown-ups and the dedication of the new tower at Fort Belmont, as well as a disc golf clinic, a parade and plenty of live music.
JACKSON — The annual Race Days and Rhythm of the River celebrations in Jackson will feature a triathlon for grown-ups and the dedication of the new tower at Fort Belmont, as well as a disc golf clinic, a parade and plenty of live music.
“We look forward to peole coming to the community of Jackson to enjoy our weekend celebration,” said Marilyn Reese, executive director of the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce. “There’s something for everyone, and we have that special hometown quality in everything we do, so it’s relaxing and fun.”
Fort Belmont will open at noon on Sunday for tours, and will offer a special dedication ceremony at 3 p.m. for the fort tower, moved to the new Fort Belmont site from the original replica site in May.
The four center upright posts in the tower, as well as the stairs to the top and some of the logs on the outside were all moved to the fort’s new site, overlooking Interstate 90 on the north side of town. The logs were native timber cut from trees in the Jackson area and sawed at the local sawmill. The posts holding the tower up were first used in the Old Milwaukee Railroad water tank.
After the success of last year’s children’s triathlon, event organizers decided to include a triathlon for adults in the Race Day festivities for 2010. The triathlon, which will include relay teams and individuals 15 and older, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Jackson County Central High School. The 17th annual 5K Road Race will also begin at 6:30 p.m. at the high school.
The children’s triathlon, for ages 5 through 14, will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Other popular events are returning from previous years.
Races with major sponsors are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Jackson Speedway, near the Jackson County Fairgrounds.
The parade, featuring more than 80 units, will begin at 3:33 p.m. Saturday. Grand marshals will be members of the Jackson Lions Club, recognizing its 50th anniversary.
Art in the Park will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and will include vendors, artists and crafters. Jerry Spangler of Jackson hopes to demonstrate marble-making to spectators.
1 p.m., “Up” matinee, Historic State Theatre, 600 Second St.
6 p.m., Little Miss and Little Mister Jackson Pageant, Historic State Theatre
1 p.m., “Kung Fu Panda” matinee, Historic State Theatre
5 p.m., Community picnic, Ashley Park
5:30 p.m., Rhythm of the River opening ceremonies, Ashley Park
5:45 p.m., Lake Promenaders Square Dance Club, Ashley Park
6:30 p.m., 5K Road Race, JCC High School; adult triathlon, JCC High School; Ray Sands and the Polka Dots, Ashley Park
8 p.m., The Old 44’s, Ashley Park
8:30 p.m., Everett Smithson, Ashley Park
10 p.m., Seth Nosbush, Ashley Park
10:30 p.m., The Murphy Brothers, Ashley Park
6:57 a.m., Crazy Days, downtown Jackson
9 a.m., Kids’ Triathlon, JCC High School
9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Art in the Park, Festival Park, north end of Main Street
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., young children’s Ferris wheel and mini-train, United Prairie Bank parking lot; walking taco fundraiser, downtown Jackson
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., beer and brats at American Legion, 411 First St.
1 p.m., “Cars” matinee, Historic State Theatre
3:33 p.m., Race Days Parade, North Highway and Main Street, followed by barbecue meal, 900 North Highway.
5 p.m., Mystik Toyz, throughout the evening, Lee’s Taekwondo, Ashley Park
5:30 p.m., song circle, featuring Marcia Findley, Bill Busse, Jim Wuerffel and Vicki Beckendorf, Ashley Park
6:30 p.m., Jackson Speedway Races, Jackson County Fairgrounds; Hop, Skip and a Jump by Nita’s School of Dance, Jacey Edlin and Bonjoni, Ashley Park
7 p.m., Rachel Ries, Ashley Park
8 p.m., drum circle and Festie Parade, Ashley Park
8:30 p.m., 24Seven, Ashley Park
10 p.m., fire spinning, Mystik Toyz, Ashley Park
10:30 p.m., Heatbox, Ashley Park
8 a.m., 3-D Archery Shoot, Gun Club, West Riverside Drive
10 a.m., community church service and picnic, Ashley Park
10:30 a.m., disc golf clinic, Benes Recreational Park
3 p.m., tower dedication, Fort Belmont
7 p.m., Worship, Word and Watermelon, Fort Belmont