Did You Know… Jones County Heritage Festival

— Written By Ivy Reid and last updated by Pam Brylowe

Did you know that on September 21st, Jones County will host their fourth annual Heritage Festival? The day will begin at 9 a.m. with the Heritage Parade on Jones Street that will feature town officials, vintage cars/trucks/tractors and local organizations. If you would like to have a parade entry contact Darlene Spivey, Trenton Town Mayor. At 10 a.m. the Civic Center will host a wide variety of events and activities for every age group. All types of vendors as well as heritage skill demonstrations will be set up so you can see first hand how our ancestors lived years ago. Included in the line up will be tobacco looping, quilting, beekeeping, basket making, a petting farm, fur trapping, grinding corn, making butter, and much, much more. For those of you who like to can produce, bring out your best jams, jellies and preserves to be judged in our county fair exhibit.

A car show will be held which will allow “viewers” and “ladies” choice awards. So come out, check out the cars and cast your vote. For more information on the car show contact Lisa Stewart at Lenoir Community College. In addition, the Brock Mill House will be open from 11 a.m. til 3 p.m.

At 11 a.m., some of our more seasoned Jones County residents will be interviewed to see how life was during their younger years in Jones County. If you have suggestions of Jones County residents who are at least 80 years old to interview, we would love to hear from you. Also at 11 a.m., we will have entertainment on the stage at the Civic Center featuring a variety of local talent that is sure to appeal to everyone in attendance.

The committee is currently looking for additional exhibitors, vendors and sponsors for this event. This would be great time for local organizations such as civic groups, churches, and youth groups to set up a booth and have a fund raising activity. Groups will keep all their proceeds with the exception of a $30 booth space rental fee (electricity is $10 additional charge). In addition, it would also be a great time to feature skills or talents of groups or individuals in the area. The goal is for this to truly be a county-wide event so if you have any ideas or would like to join the planning committee which meets next on July 11th  at 1 p.m. in the Jones County Civic Center, we would love to have your input. Meantime put September 21st on your calendar and plan to join us for an outstanding day of fun and fellowship!

For more information on participating in this event in any way contact Ivy Reid at Jones County Cooperative Extension – 252-448-9621, ivy_reid@ncsu.edu or visit our website at JCHeritageFestival.com.

North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability. In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation. North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating.

This article was written by Ivy Reid, Jones County Extension Director, for the July 13, 2013 issue of the Jones Post.