JONESVILLE — The 19th annual Jonesville Jubilee will take place on Saturday at Lila Swaim Park, 121 Delos Martin Drive. The event has long been a celebration of history and community. This year’s jubilee will begin with a 5K run at 8 a.m. and will continue throughout the day and evening, ending with fireworks at dark.
Beginning at 10 a.m. with emcee Leon Reece, a program will feature area singers and musicians including Tim and Michael Wolfe. Mother and daughter Kitty Martin and Tammy Martin-Burns will share some special music in honor of Mother’s Day. The Starmount Marching Band also will perform.
Craft vendors will have items for sale and historical items on exhibit. Organizer with the Jonesville Historical Society Judy Wolfe said there also will be numerous types of food available for purchase including chicken, funnel cakes, burgers, hot dogs, ice cream and more. Wolfe said there would be plenty of food and something for every taste.
“We want people to plan to stay for dinner this year,” Wolfe said. “We won’t run out of food.”
Activities for children and families will be available throughout the event. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. will be a square dance with performances by local bluegrass musicians. At 8 p.m., the Stan Bobbitt Band will perform. Wolfe said the group is well-known in the area and plays everything from country and western tunes to beach music.
As night falls, around 9:30 or 10 p.m., a fireworks display will take place.
“This will be one of the best fireworks displays in the area,” Wolfe said.
The Stan Bobbitt Band is expected to continue to perform following the fireworks.
Wolfe said there are even bigger plans in the works for next year’s 20th Jonesville Jubilee celebration.
“The 20th we hope will be even bigger and better, but the 19th year is pretty special for those of us who have been around for all of these. There are many many people who have been around and involved and we want it to continue.”
Wolfe said a lot of the goal of the historical society and the Jubilee is to bring awareness and raise funds for a veterans memorial at Mineral Springs Park.
“We want to finish that memorial for all Tri-County veterans,” Wolfe said.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.