Or­ga­niz­ers: Jane Days A Suc­cess

McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - Sally Car­roll

With co­op­er­at­ing fall weather and a fleet of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers, the sec­ond an­nual Jane Days drew a num­ber of neigh­bors who wanted to cel­e­brate Jane’s her­itage.

Hosted by the Jane Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety, res­i­dents and vis­i­tors were treated to old-time games, a cake walk, a pa­rade, a car and trac­tor show, and more on Satur­day in Jane.

“We had quite the crowd,” said Jane Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety trea­surer Gayla Baker, who worked with Amanda Carr to over­see the fes­tiv­i­ties.

“We had triple the num­ber of cars, the weather was beau­ti­ful and we had a very good turnout for the pa­rade,” Baker said. “Every­one

en­joyed the whole day.”

Quite a few years ago, neigh­bors cel­e­brated Jane Days, but the fes­ti­val faded away in time. Some 20 years later, Jane res­i­dents wanted to bring back the fes­ti­val for fam­i­lies and re­live some old-time fun.

With two fes­ti­vals un­der their belt, or­ga­niz­ers are re­view­ing what has worked well so far. A few tweaks made this year were great changes, in­clud­ing mov­ing the pa­rade time from the af­ter­noon to the morn­ing and adding more chil­dren’s games, Baker said.

“The chil­dren’s games were a hit,” she said, adding that the kids also loved the bouncy house.

Those who at­tended had com­pli­ments for the hard-work­ing or­ga­niz­ers and vol­un­teers.

“Peo­ple told us they had a good time. They thanked us for hav­ing Jane Days. We didn’t hear any­thing neg­a­tive,” Baker said.

From a milk­ing con­test to a chicken lunch and a car and trac­tor show, folks had plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to have fun, have some good food and visit.

A pageant on Satur­day, with sev­eral cat­e­gories, was one of sev­eral high­lights of the day.

Sev­eral McDon­ald County neigh­bors were named win­ners in their cat­e­gory at the pageant, in­clud­ing Prairie Princess — An­abella Woodruff; Miss Jane — Natalie Wof­ford; Tiny Tot Girl — Lily Pier­son; Tiny Tot Boy — Zane Mitchell; Baby Jane Girl — Pais­ley Kae Self; and Baby Jane Boy — Eli Mitchell.

Baker praised Carr for all her work and said the team of helpers re­ally worked hard to pull off an­other suc­cess­ful Jane Days.

“We had ex­cel­lent help,” Baker said. “It’s un­be­liev­able.”

Many par­tic­i­pants — such as a num­ber of ven­dor booths — com­pleted the pic­ture. The 911 Cen­ter, McDon­ald County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, McDon­ald County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and oth­ers had booths and pro­vided help­ful in­for­ma­tion.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate all our donors, peo­ple who worked, peo­ple who had booths,” Baker said. “We couldn’t have been suc­cess­ful with­out them.”

COUR­TESY PHOTO

Mary Bell Banks served as the Grand Mar­shal for the Jane Days pa­rade on Satur­day.

COUR­TESY PHOTO

Shel­ley Smith from the First Com­mu­nity Bank poses by one of the cars at the car show dur­ing Jane Days on Satur­day. The 1955 Chevy 210 is owned by Jim Kastelic of Bella Vista, Ark. This year’s car show had about triple the amount of par­tic­i­pants com­pared to last year, said Jane Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety trea­surer Gayla Baker.

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