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.
New Event Extends Farmers Day celebration to Sunday, June 23
A new event this year is extending the Farmers Day celebration to Sunday, June 23, with the addition of a Community Gospel Hour and Ice Cream Social beginning at 2 p.m. in the Park Pavilion, corner of Young and Main Streets in Jesup.

The event will feature Bill Chrastil, the popular entertainer from Branson, Missouri, who is also featured on the Pavilion Stage the evening before, Saturday, June 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Chrastil has been a full-time musician and entertainer since 1983. In addition to being a songwriter and producer, he is also an accomplished instrumentalist, playing the guitar, piano, bass guitar, drums and harmonica. Bill has been honored with numerous awards in Branson, MO, including Best Gospel CD of the year, Best Vocal Impressionist of the year; Best Horizon Show of the year; and again in 2018, Entertainer of the Year. Bill has been inducted into the Nebraska and South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame and is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association.

In addition to the musical entertainment – which will likely include invitations to sing along – Farmers Day, Inc. will be providing free ice cream treats. It's one way the Farmers Day board is able to say "Thank you" to the community for its support of the Farmers Day celebration for 104 years. And next year's 105th celebration of Farmers Day dates have already been announced – Thursday, Friday, Saturday, July 9-11, 2020.

This event is totally FREE and open to the entire community. Come on down to the Park Pavilion one more time to enjoy an hour of music, community togetherness, and even Ice Cream!