JONESVILLE — The weather may have kept some area residents from attending, but those who were present at the Jonesville Jubilee enjoyed a day full of music, food, shopping and fun.
Becky Wood, president of the Jonesville Historical Society and administrator for the Yadkin Valley Museum, who with the town of Jonesville, sponsored the Jonesville Jubilee, was disappointed in the day’s weather but pleased that the rain held out.
“We couldn’t do the bouncies because of the rain [in the morning],” explained Wood, who made the entertainment for children a priority for this event. “People came slower than usual, but in the end they all showed up and we had a great crowd for fireworks.”
Children enjoyed themselves riding on a lawn train with Spicer Outdoor Services, painting flower pots with Lowe’s Hardware and other activities with Abstract Church. “It was a great place to come with families,” stated Wood.
“We usually come down late in the day,” stated Kasius Stanley, who was present with kayaks and the bus from Hometown River Company. “It’s a good event for kids and families.”
Also popular with the children was the Surry County Fire House and emergency vehicles provided by Arlington Fire and Rescue, who was presented with a flag from Woodman Life Insurance.
“We do community projects of all kinds,” claimed secretary Liz Reynolds, including donating American flags to non-profits and churches.
Adults as well as children appreciated the traditional favorite festival foods such as corn dogs, French fries, cotton candy, and funnel cakes as well as the chicken, BBQ and other morsels. Baked goods were also for sale to eat on premises or to take home.
Also available to take home were a variety of items available for purchase. In addition to crafted items, plants, fishing gear, wind chimes and other goods were for sale.
Most enjoyed may have been the nearly continuous music played or performed throughout the day punctuated by fireworks to close the festivities.
“Fireworks were a perfect end to a great day,” declared Wood. “People said it was the best bands we ever had. Crowds came and went all day. We even saw visitors from Alabama, Ohio and other places who saw our signs or visited the Welcome Center and came over to enjoy the day and take a rest before they went on their way home.”
Other special visitors included Gene Pardue, the mayor of Jonesville, and Lynn Trivette, town clerk and finance officer. “Even the police came with smiles on their faces and had a good time,” alleged Wood.
Opening ceremonies were highlighted by Stephanie Collins, as previous president of the Jonesville Historical Society Judy Wolfe was remembered as the nation was honored. An invocation was spoken by Matty Ponce de Leon of the Arlington First Baptist Church.
“The day was great overall,” stated Wood. “I am exhausted but everyone went home with smiles. Thanks to everyone that helped and came out to raise money for our veterans memorial which is why we do this and to let people know Jonesville is a great place to come with their families. I hope to see everyone at the Jonesville Jubilee next year.”
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.