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‘Spend the Day in Jackson’ Oct. 8

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Numerous activities are planned for Saturday, Oct. 8, to entice people to “Spend the Day in Jackson” – including “Pioneer Day” at the Iron Mountain Railway and the Uptown Jackson Oktoberfest celebration

Activities planned at the Iron Mountain Railway Depot area at 252 E. Jackson Blvd. for “Pioneer Day” include a petting zoo, a working blacksmith, candlemaker and buttermaker, campfire cooking by Boy Scouts, fall crafts, outdoor pioneer games, historic reenactors and a display of 26 historic American flags from the Sons of the American Revolution.

Short motor car rides on the Iron Mountain Railway tracks will be offered.

Pioneer days also will feature the “Great Chili Cook-off.” If you make some great chili, enter the competition by bringing a sample of your chili to the Whistle Stop Depot at 4 p.m. on Oct. 8. A team of judges will determine the winner and award a $100 cash prize.

And, of course, don’t forget to ride the Iron Mountain Railway train, with the chance of being robbed by the James Gang.

Meanwhile, just seconds away in Uptown Jackson will be the Uptown Jackson Oktoberfest celebration. Enjoy craft beer, food and live music around the old courthouse.

Saturday’s musical performers will include the authentic German band, Die Fluss Katzen, followed by Jackson’s own Doug Rees and the headliner band, Old Cape Road.

Children’s activities at Oktoberfest on Saturday will start with a costumed pet parade, followed by other activities such as corn hole and face painting.

The Old Pioneer Flea Market, 2008 W. Jackson Blvd., will offer activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be an antique car, motorcycle and tractor show. If you have a vehicle to show, call 573-510-0628. There is no charge to show your vehicle.

There will also be carnival-style games that can be played for free. The whole family can enjoy apple bobbing, Nerf gun target shooting, fishing for prizes, duckpicking and more.

In addition, there will be shopping opportunities in the store, which will have it winter grand opening. Several vendors will post special sales and markdowns as products are switched to get ready for winter and Christmas.

Continue west to 3277 State Hwy. 72, where Heartland Harvest Market & Antiques will celebrate its fourth anniversary of being in business from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A team of just over 40 people will be creating and displaying numerous things from handcrafted items to antiques, food and more.

If these activities aren’t “wild” enough, enjoy an animal encounter at the Lazy L Safari Park, 2763 County Rd. 618.

There is something for everyone if they wish to “Spend the Day in Jackson” on Saturday, Oct. 8.

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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