Jamboree to take center stage in Holton

Wanda English Burnett

Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 the Holton Community Park will be the focal point for entertainment as the Jamboree gets underway. Once again the Ripley County Showmobile will roll onto the grounds and provide the stage for entertainers.

A group calling themselves the Holton Hometowners have been working for an entire year getting plans complete for the event that will showcase family fun through a variety of stage entertainment, games, and tournaments.

Friday evening the festivities will kick off at 5 p.m. with the band Over the Edge taking the stage. This will be followed with the Strawhat Sam and Sunbonnet Sue Contest at 7 p.m. This is for boys and girls ages 4 and 5. The girls are traditionally dressed in old fashioned attire, complete with a bonnet. The boys are free to wear bibs and a strawhat. You can call Alice McEvoy at 689-5968 or Cindy Moore at 767-4492 to register.

Following the naming of the 2009 Strawhat Sam and Sunbonnet Sue, the popular group, Hoosier Hills Bluegrass will perform (from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.).

Saturday stage entertainment will include an open stage for anyone wanting to perform, along with karaoke. Groups or individuals can call 689-5623 or 689-6844 if interested.

A euchre tournament will get underway at noon, followed by a corn hole tournament at 2 p.m. The featured stage entertainment for the evening will be Centerline Band starting at 8 p.m.
Throughout the two day festival there will be games, food, hourly drawings for prizes, a fantastic bake sale, bouncers, dunk tank and more.

Vendors wanting to set up a booth can still call Wilma Myers at 689-6844 to reserve a space.
Come bring your lawn chair and kick back for an evening of free entertainment as the town celebrates summer with the festival that promotes family fun.