Farmers Day 2020 cancelled
It should come as no surprise at this point, but the Jesup Farmers Day celebration, originally scheduled for July 9-11, 2020 has been cancelled for this year according to Farmers Day, Inc. President Alan Wright. With all the health concerns about the COVID 19 pandemic, there was little choice but to make the decision to cancel this year.

Wright noted that he had to wait until he could contact the carnival and the major events originally scheduled for 2020 and get them re-scheduled for 2021 before announcing this year's cancellation.

The 2020 Farmers Day theme was going to be: "Game On!"; unfortunately, for 2020, it's now "Game Off!" for Farmers Day – and the good news is: it's "Game On!" for 2021.

The 2021 Farmers Day dates will be July 8-9-10, 2021. Mark the calendar, and plan to attend and enjoy many "Game On!" activities! Watch the Citizen Herald for further announcements.

Farmers Day a Great Success again!
By Kim Edward Adams

Jesup's 104th Farmers Day Celebration was again a great success, thanks to the "unity of this community" according to Joyce Wright, active life-long supporter of Farmers Day and long-time spouse of Farmers Day president Alan Wright.

"It takes a village" to make a successful celebration happen, Alan Wright said. "Most people have no idea how many volunteers are involved in making Farmers Day happen each year."

It's not just the Farmers Day board, which literally works all year long to support Alan Wright's leadership in creating each incredible three-day event. It includes a chairperson for each individual event that happens at Farmers Day; and each event then has additional volunteers, as needed, to bring it off. Local organizations like the Jesup Lions Club, Boy Scouts, Farmers Day Board, Knights of Columbus, Jesup Fire Association, St. Athanasius and many more provide dozens of volunteers to man their food and bingo booths during the event. Many high school classes plan their reunions around Farmers Day weekend and participate in the Great Parade with floats or trucks.

Next year's Farmers Day will be held Thursday-Saturday, July 9-11, 2020. It may also spill over onto Sunday with another Gospel Hour entertainment like this year's event, which drew close to 200 people to hear Bill Chrastil sing and enjoy an ice cream social with community members. Watch the Citizen Herald for Farmers Day announcements as they occur throughout the year.

At one time during the week before Farmers Day, rain was predicted for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. However, the rain tended to miss Jesup this year, with the exception of Thursday afternoon, which was both rainy and cold! And a brief misty rain about 11:15 p.m. Saturday night, which "didn't affect anything" according to Alan Wright.

Next year, also, will herald the return of Evans United Shows for the carnival. Evans was not available for this year's event due to the timing of July 4th during the week this year; and this resulted in the change in dates for Farmers Day to June for the first time in many, many years. The date change came about due to having to move to a date when a carnival was available to come here. Next year's July 9-11 dates are the usual time – the weekend following July 4th, enabling Evans United Shows to return here.

There were several new events this year: the All American Lumber Jack Show, which was incredibly entertaining; the Bags tournament, which went well in the beer tent; the Memorial Bricks open house at the Emergency Services Building; the Pie Eating contest, which was terrific fun; the Sunday Gospel Hour, which went extraordinarily well, and the Fire Association's Wing Feed. Traditional events also continued to draw crowds – the Children's Parade and Prince and Princess contest; the Domestic Arts Show, the Talent Show, the Kids Games, Children's Pedal Power Tractor Pull; the Hat Show, 5K Run, Beer Tent; the Great Parade, and powerful musical entertainment throughout the event.

Alan Wright and the Farmers Day board also wanted to thank everyone who attends Farmers Day events each year. That's what keeps the board active, willing and motivated to bring a better celebration every single year.