Farmers Day another great success
By Kim Edward Adams

There was a lot of "stompin" going on in Jesup during the July 5-7 Farmers Day celebration. The Dinosaur-inspired theme, "Stomp It!" showed up all over town.

Donny Jacobsen's T-Rex metal sculpture continues to be displayed in the window of the Jesup Citizen Herald office at 930 Sixth Street. Several T-Rex's showed up in the children's parade, along with other dinosaurs of various sizes and kinds. The major winning floats in the Great Farmers Day parade featured T-Rex and "Stomp It!" themes as well. The Chamber of Commerce sponsored sweepstakes award winning float was by Heartland Technology.

The big draw was the animatronic T-Rex that came out to play with human friends of all ages from time to time during the three day celebration. It also rode in both the children's and Great Parade. A surprise was the addition of a tiny, four month old T-Rex arm puppet carried by one of the two dinosaur experts associated with the museum that was open throughout the celebration.

The museum itself was amazing, with both real artifacts and realistic re-creations of dinosaurs, bones and more. The museum guides had substantial knowledge of dinosaurs, history and how each exhibit in their mobile museum fit into history.

Emergency Services Facility open
Hundreds of people got a chance to see the new Jesup Emergency Services facility located just a block from the main Farmers Day pavilion and the incredible carnival rides totally filling two blocks of Young Street, plus snaking north on Sixth and Seventh Streets.

All those who visited the ESF building during the Saturday open house were able to see samples of the two sizes of brick pavers that will be used to complete the landscaping around the Flag area south of the new building. Families and individuals are invited to honor their loved ones who have been associated in some way with the ambulance and fire departments of Jesup, as well as businesses, or organizations that wish to be recognized in this memorial garden.

The pavers are available in two sizes, single or double, and can be inscribed as desired. Cost of the single paver is $100; the double paver is available for $150. However, a $25 discount will be offered up through Friday, August 31, to encourage early orders. So the early order cost will be just $75 or $125. Paver samples are now on display at City Hall, where orders for the pavers can be placed anytime during regular office hours.

All proceeds from this sale will be used to help pre-pay the loan on the new Fire and Ambulance building.

Prince and Princess contest
The 30th Annual Prince and Princess contest resulted in the crowning of Prince Jonathan Knebel and Princess Myla Hall, age 4-5 category; and Prince Adrian Casillas and Princess Peyton Bachman, age 6-7 category. The contest was again organized and emceed by Jesup's first Princess Sarah Curry Nolan, with assistance from Jesup High School cheerleaders and many others.

Mini Corn Dog Eating contest
There were a LOT of mini corn dogs consumed by 7 contestants in the first mini-corn dog eating contest. Ryan See was the winner, putting away in just ten minutes, 38 of the treats, locally prepared by Miller BBQ.

Musical Entertainment
The Pavilion Stage and Gazebo held a variety of musicians during the 3-day celebration. Local musician John Powers and Aaron Balvanz teamed up for a Thursday evening of beautiful ballads and much more.

Bill Chrastil returned to Farmers Day Friday again bringing hours of great entertainment to a full house at the Pavilion.

The Ethan Bell Band closed Friday night's festivities, one enthusiastic listener proclaimed that "they were the best band I've ever seen at Farmers Day."

Saturday the popular "Buck Hollow Band" provided country and rock music at the Gazebo, with the Bosco/Indee City Band performed in the Pavilion.
Andy and Mike's popular "Dueling Pianos" took to the pavilion stage Saturday late afternoon, followed by "Church of Cash" a Johnny Cash tribute band that provided a wonderful show to a full house. Saturday evening, two more local musicians returned to Jesup with their Texas Band, "Tomar and the FCs." Locals included Mitch Fischels and David Quackenbush. This group enthralled a standing-room only audience in the beer tent from the moment they began their sound testing, raising the bar for Farmers Day entertainment to new heights. One listener compared the level of their musicianship to that of the host band on the Tonight Show on network television.

And more …
There was so much more than brought thousands of people to downtown Jesup enjoying three days of close-to-perfect weather. Grand Marshalls Jerry and Mary Jean Bloes lead the Great Parade Saturday. The Domestic Arts Show drew many entries; the Talent Show lasted much of the afternoon; the Pet Show drew enthusiastic pets and pet owners; the kids' Pedal Power tractor pull was entered by young girls and boys hoping to pedal hard; Rod Shipley provided balloon art from the gazebo; the 5K run again drew over 100 runners; the new Fancy Hat Show showed off some wild and crazy hats; Moser School of Dance performed; the Quilt Show had a record 158 entries; square dancers continued to enjoy themselves at an outdoor street dance; the Lions Club provided Kidsight screenings; and the Chamber of Commerce gave away hundreds of free pork tenderloin sandwiches cooked by B&B Farm Store.

It was another very successful Farmers Day celebration. 2019's celebration is coming, and Alan Wright and the Farmers Day Board are already cooking up plans. Contact Alan Wright or the Jesup Citizen Herald, 827-1128, with ideas for next year's event.

Farmers Day "Stomp it" theme centers around T-Rex Dinosaur exhibit
Stomp it! Maybe even practice a dinosaur roar! After all, a dinosaur is coming to Jesup!

The 2018 Jesup Farmers Day center attraction will be big, scaly, and maybe even a little noisy. Come enjoy the king himself, tyrannosaurus rex! As you're visiting downtown Jesup during the weekend festivities, you'll have an opportunity to snap photos with the animatronic t-rex as he roams through the crowds.

Prehistoric Dinosaur Adventures will have a mobile prehistoric walk-thru dinosaur museum open for the public to enjoy, featuring fossils, skeletons, and multi-media educational opportunities besides the "real" t-rex.

This will be a unique and hands-on educational experience that promises fun for both young and old.

Thursday, July 5 Highlights

The weekend's festivities will kick off with the opening of the Prehistoric Dinosaur Adventures walk-thru museum at 6 p.m. at the corner of Sixth and Hawley Streets.  

The 30th annual Jesup Farmers Day Prince and Princess contest will begin at 7:05 pm following the mayor's welcome and children's parade at the Park Pavilion. New this year is the Lion's Club miniature hot dog eating contest. The hot dog competition will begin following the Prince and Princess contest.

Local band "Balvanz and Powers"will close down the night's festivities.

Friday, July 6 Highlights

The Chamber of Commerce's annual Pork Burger Feed has moved to Friday. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. Come early to grab a burger before they're gone!

Due to the July 4 Holiday being mid-week, the Carnival rides won't start until Friday – but $20 wrist bands will be available for unlimited rides more than ever before at Farmers Day! Buy a $20 wrist band and ride all the rides from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday; or choose a wrist band to ride all evening from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday!

Pets will be on the stage again and help kick off Friday's event schedule. Registration for the event begins at 12:30 p.m. with the show to follow at 1:00 p.m.

New this year will be a Fancy Hat competition. If you have a fancy hat to show off, register for the event at 1:30 p.m. at the Pavilion. Come see the Fancy Hat event beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Moser School of Dance will perform at 2:30 p.m. followed by Eric Michaels' magic show on the Park Pavilion stage.

There will be two musical performances at the Pavilion for the public to enjoy on Friday. Branson's Bill Chrastil, best known for his Elvis Presley impersonations, will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. The Ethan Bell Band, a mix of country/pop/hip-hop, will play beginning at 9:30 p.m.

All stage events at Farmers Day are FREE to attend.

Saturday, July 7, Highlights

The last day of festivities begins bright and early at 7:30 a.m. with the 5k Run/Walk. 

Be sure to grab your lawn chair as the Great Farmers Day parade begins at 10 a.m.

After the parade, come enjoy a host of free entertainment including the Domestic Arts show at the Jesup City Hall basement, children's games on Young and Fifth Streets, and the Farmers Day Talent show at the Park Pavilion.

The Carnival rides will be going strong after the Parade, and enjoy another $20 wrist band opportunity for unlimited rides from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Regular price Carnival rides will continue Saturday night after 5 p.m.

Beginning at 1:00 p.m., the lively Midwest duo "Buck Hollow Band" will perform at the Gazebo. Magician Rod Shipley will also be showing off his balloon art.

Don't forget the mid-afternoon Children's Tractor pull on Sixth Street, or the Domestic Arts and Professional Artists show at the City Hall Community Room Saturday.

The Park Pavilion has a day packed full of fun with musical performances by the "Bosco/Indee City Band" at 12:30 p.m. and, new to Farmers Day, "Dueling Pianos" beginning at 4:30 p.m. A Johnny Cash tribute band "The Church of Cash" will play at 6:30 p.m. Texas blues/soul band "Tomar and the FCs" will play at 9:30 p.m.

There is so much to see at Jesup Farmers Day! For a complete schedule or more information call 319-827-1128 or visit www.jesupfarmersday.org.