Jane Days Set For Satur­day

NEIGH­BORS WILL HELP PRE­SERVE TOWN’S HER­ITAGE, HIS­TORY

McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - Sally Car­roll

Jane res­i­dents have breathed new life into an old tra­di­tion and Jane Days should go off with­out a hitch this Satur­day.

For the sec­ond year in a row, Jane Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety vol­un­teers are pre­par­ing for the festival that cel­e­brates Jane’s her­itage.

Years ago, Jane Days was a strong tra­di­tion that brought the com­mu­nity to­gether. In time, how­ever, it faded away. Twenty-some years later, some Jane res­i­dents wanted to bring back the festival for fam­i­lies and re­live some old-time fun.

Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Gayla Baker said or­ga­niz­ers are build­ing on the first year’s suc­cess and adding sev­eral new and ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for kids.

“Last year went very well. It went very smoothly,” Baker said. “But we wanted to add more things to keep the big kids busy so the par­ents could sit and visit,” she said.

Ac­tiv­i­ties will take place at White Rock Ele­men­tary School in Jane.

Sev­eral chil­dren’s games and ac­tiv­i­ties are

on the agenda this year, in­clud­ing pan­ning for gold. Check­ers, corn­hole, a cake walk, milk­ing con­test, fish­ing game and face paint­ing are among the high­lights.

Or­ga­niz­ers also have added a car and trac­tor show.

The pa­rade will be­gin at 10:30 in the morn­ing, rather than the af­ter­noon, so neigh­bors can en­joy a chicken lunch, re­lax and visit the rest of the day, Baker said.

The day starts with break­fast, from 6:30 a.m. to 9. A fun run will take place at 8, a pageant — in­clud­ing pets — will be­gin at 9. The pa­rade will fol­low at 10:30, with games un­til 1 p.m. A chicken din­ner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Live mu­sic will be per­formed through­out the day, with ven­dors on hand and raf­fle draw­ings tak­ing place.

Pageant cat­e­gories in­clude Baby Jane Boy; Baby Jane Girl; Tiny Tot Boy, 2-4 years old; Tiny Tot Girl, 2 to 4 years old; Miss Jane, 5-9 years old; Prairie Princess, 10-18 years old; Mrs. Prairie – must be in full cos­tume.

Pet Show cat­e­gories in­clude Looka­like, Big­gest, Lit­tlest, Cutest and Best Cos­tume.

Dead­line for the pageant and pet show en­tries is 8:45 that morn­ing.

Money is raised from food and con­ces­sion sales, while ad­mis­sion to the event is free. Neigh­bors bring lawn chairs and en­joy see­ing friends they haven’t seen for a while. Vis­it­ing was def­i­nitely one of the high­lights last year, Baker said.

So­ci­ety mem­bers are com­mit­ted to pre­serv­ing the his­tory of Jane for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions by host­ing Jane Days and tak­ing on ren­o­va­tion projects. Last year, vol­un­teers fin­ished ren­o­vat­ing the old Jane post of­fice right be­fore Jane Days.

“Peo­ple should re­mem­ber to bring their lawn chairs. We will have more seat­ing, but bring your lawn chairs and plan on vis­it­ing. That’s what ev­ery­body talked about,” Baker said.

“As the com­mu­nity came to­gether, it was nice for peo­ple to sit and visit.”

COUR­TESY PHOTO

Lilly Pier­son blows a kiss dur­ing Jane Days last year.

COUR­TESY PHOTO

Reece Pier­son en­joys a pop­si­cle dur­ing Jane Days last year. Or­ga­niz­ers are adding more chil­dren’s games to the festival this year.

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