Jackson Homecomers kicks off with new mayor remarks, Jackson Muny Band

Jackson Homecomers celebration kicks off

JACKSON, MO (KFVS) - Mayor Dwain Hahs will get his first chance to officially welcome visitors to the 107th Homecomers celebration in Jackson, Mo. on Tuesday.

Hahs was elected Mayor in April, and traditionally it is the Mayor's role to make opening remarks to kick off the five day event.

The festival runs through Saturday night and organizers expect 10 to 15,000 people to attend.

Beverly Koehler, chairman of entertainment, says the free event brings in people from all over the area and is something the entire family can enjoy.

Preparations for the celebration began early Monday morning.

Jackson police officers put up signs alerting drivers where they can and cannot park.

To make way for vendors and carnival rides, portions of South High, Main Street, Court Street, Barton Square, W. Adams and W. Jefferson will be closed. The Jackson Police encourage drivers to use caution in the area and to find an alternate route if possible.

Besides good times, Koehler says the festival is also about celebrating history. The tradition of Homecomers started in 1908 to celebrate the new courthouse.

A schedule of events for this year includes:

Tuesday, July 21

  • 6 p.m. - Mayor’s Opening Remarks & Rides Open
  • 6:15 p.m. - Tribute to the Vietnam Vets
  • 6:30-8:00 p.m. - Jackson Muny Band
  • 8:30-10 p.m. - Iron Mountain Players
  • 10:00 p.m. - Attendance Drawing - American Legion

Wednesday, July 22

  • 6:00 p.m. - Gospel Night with Baird Family and Reflections, Rides Open, Bingo throughout the night with prizes
  • 10 p.m. - Attendance Drawing - American Legion

Thursday, July 23

  • 6:00 p.m. - Rides Open (Armband Night - Armbands $20.00)
  • 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. - Band - Bittersweet
  • 10:00 p.m. - Attendance Drawing - American Legion

Friday, July 24

  • 6:00 p.m. - Trivia Night (prizes) - Rides Open
  • 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. - Band - Platinum Strings
  • 10:00 p.m. - Attendance Drawing - American Legion

Saturday, July 25

  • 6:00 p.m. Rides Open
  • 6:30 - 10:00 p.m. - Band - Manitou
  • 10:00 p.m. - Attendance Drawing - American Legion (grand prize drawing)

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