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Homecomers begins Tuesday

The sights, sounds and savory smells of “fair food” will once again excite Jackson residents and people from all around as the 111th Homecomers celebration begins next Tuesday.

Rides will begin operation at 6 p.m. Tuesday evening, July 23. That night, rides will be $1 each. As part of Youth Appreciation Day, the Optimists will give away five tickets per child aged 2 to 17.

Also at 6 p.m., Mayor Dwain Hahs will give opening remarks from the Homecomers stage in front of the courthouse. His comments will be followed by a concert performed by the Jackson Municipal Band.

At 7:30 p.m., following the band concert, State Rep. Barry Hovis will present commemorative coasters to Vietnam War veterans.

A Bob Hope USO Show by Between the Scenes will complete the entertainment on Tuesday evening.
Every night at 10 p.m. there will be an attendance drawing.

Rides will open every night at 6 p.m. and the entertainment on stage will vary.

On Wednesday, Family Feud will appear on stage, followed by the JHS Guitar Club.

Thursday night will be bracelet night for rides. You can save your bracelets for a free game of bowling at Jackson Lanes.

Entertainment on Thursday will be a demonstration by ATA Legends Martial Arts and music performed by Silver Fox.

Friday’s entertainment will be by The Theory.

Saturday evening, Koby Criddle will perform at 6 p.m. At 7:30, the Walk Jackson Awards will be presented by Kent Peetz, public works director for the City of Jackson.

The Bob Dolle Band will wrap up the entertainment for Homecomers at 8 p.m.

For more information, call (573) 986-8750.

Gregory Dullum has worked for The Cash-Book Journal for more than 25 years. Prior to becoming the editor in May 2017, he was production manager, circulation manager and reporter. Before moving to Cape Girardeau in 1988, he was editor of the Saint Louis Park Sailor, a weekly community newspaper in suburban Minneapolis, MN. A native of Minnesota, he returned there after graduating with distinction in 1978 from Ambassador College in Pasadena, CA, with a degree in mass communications. His wife, Marie, whom he met in college, is a native of Zalma, a small town in southeast Missouri. They have two grown daughters and five grandchildren. Gregory may be reached at

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