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Jesup Farmers Day 2021 announces major attractions

Jesup's annual Farmers Day celebration will again feature the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 911 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit during this, the 20th anniversary year of the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers of New York City.

The renovated and updated exhibit will arrive in Jesup with an even more impressive welcome than five years ago when the exhibit visited for Farmers Day during the 15th anniversary year.

When last year's Farmers Day celebration got cancelled due to the COVID Pandemic, almost all the entertainment was re-booked for 2021. In addition, the 9/11 exhibit was added, enabling the "Never Forget" theme to be again be used for Farmers Day, like it was in 2015.

Farmers Day in Jesup will begin on Thursday, July 8 and conclude on Sunday, July 11.

Thursday Events

Major Thursday events include: the Opening Ceremony for the 9/11 Never Forget Exhibit; the wonderful carnival that will fill the downtown streets of Jesup with spectacular rides – with wrist bands purchases available for most time slots each day; the Hick's Game Trailer; An Escape Room; the Beer Garden, Children's Parade, Square Dance, Prince and Princess contest; French Fry Eating contest and live music with Balvanz & Powers.

Friday Events

Major Friday events include: The 9/11 Never Forget Exhibit; the Escape Room and Hick's Game Trailer; Game Show Gurus in the Pavilion, Big Bang Bubbles in the West Park, Fancy Hat Show, Carnival rides and games, beer garden, A Johnny Cash Tribute band, as well as Noah & the Hitchhikers in the pavilion; and Noa Marting Gymnastics demonstration.

Saturday Events

Saturday is the BIG day. Major Events include: The 5K run/walk; the Great Farmers Day Parade; more Carnival rides, Hick's Game Trailer, the Escape Room and the 9/11 Never Forget Exhibit; the Domestic Arts Show, Beer Garden with Bean Bag Tournament; Bosco/Indee City band; children's games, Iowa State Fair Talent Show; kids' Tractor Pull, Buck Hollow Band in the Pavilion, followed by Bill Chrastil and the Ethan Bell Band.

Sunday Event

Bill Chrastil will conclude the Farmers Day celebration with a community gospel hour and ice cream social at the Pavilion beginning at 2 p.m.

Watch the Citizen Herald for details on all these events.

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Farmers Day 5K run/walk registrations available now
The very popular Farmers Day 5K run/walk will take place again on Saturday, July 10, opening the biggest day of festivities for Jesup's annual celebration.

Registration is available now using the QR code or URL included on this page. Paper registration forms are also available at various businesses around town.

Entry fees are due by Thursday, July 1 to guarantee a t-shirt. Youth registration is $12; adult registration is $20 by July 1. After July 1, add $5 to either registration fee.

The race will take place at 7:30 a.m. July 10 in Jesup at the corner of Main and Young Streets in front of the Post Office. Race packets may be picked up prior to the race from 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. in the Park Pavilion. The award ceremony begins after the last participant has completed the race.

Award divisions include First Place Overall 5K Male Runner; Female Runner and Dog Participant. Ribbons and other prizes will be awarded to the top 3 places in each age category, both male and female: 13 and under; 14-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 and up.

Questions? Email Nick Green at: or text 563-221-1218. Register at this URL:

Following the 5K run, stay in Jesup to enjoy all the activities, including the Great Farmers Day parade starting at 10 a.m., and an emotional visit to the 9/11 Never Forget mobile museum. Schedule details are available in the Jesup Citizen Herald.
Attention potential Princes and Princesses!
If you are age 4-7 by July 8, 2021 and live in the Jesup School District, you are eligible to participate in the Farmers Day Prince and Princess contest!

A limited number of applications are now available at the Jesup Public Library at 721 Sixth Street. Parents are asked to stop in and fill out the application, provide a photo of their child, and receive detailed information on the contest.

The Prince and Princess contest has been the main event for Thursday night at Farmers Day for decades. This year as in the past, it will include music, lots of proud parents and family members and about two dozen young prince and princess candidates. The youngsters are interviewed on stage in front of the packed audience at the downtown park pavilion, plus a set of judges who watch and listen carefully to figure out who the 2021 winners will be.

All contestants will receive ride tickets and treats. The winners will be crowned Thursday night, July 8, and asked to ride in a special convertible during the Great Farmers Day Parade on Saturday, July 10.

Typically all the candidate spots are filled each year, so stop at the Jesup Public Library today to sign up. All candidates will be featured in a special photo feature in the Jesup Citizen Herald prior to Farmers Day. Remember, the deadline is Friday, June 11.

Noa Marting Gymnastics plans Farmers Day demo
There will be an opportunity to see some fabulous tumbling demonstrations during Farmers Day.

On Friday, July 9, at 6:30 p.m. Noa Marting Gymnastics students and teachers will provide a demonstration of what they have learned.

Demonstrations will include a wide age range, from 18 months to 15 years old.

They will perform skills consisting of forward and backward rolls, cartwheels and round-offs, back and front walkovers, back handsprings and back tucks.

Noa's students come from Jesup, Independence, Gilbertville, LaPorte City and Manchester areas.

Contact Noa at, or 563-608-3437.