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Jackson celebrates Missouri’s bicentennial with ice cream social

The Uptown Jackson Revitalization Organization, along with the City of Jackson and the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce held an ice cream social on Aug. 10 on the old courthouse lawn in Jackson to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Missouri’s statehood.

The bicentennial event included free ice cream donated by American Ice Cream, a birthday cake presentation with the coloring contest winner Cooper Ashby, speeches by Former Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder and State Representative Barry Hovis, photos with “Marie Oliver” and “Mark Twain” (played by Cristina Welker and Mick Hogan), booths by the American Legion and the Daughters of the American Revolution, giveaways and live music by Doug Rees.

View the full Bicentennial Ice Cream Social photo gallery here.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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