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Jesup to celebrate Independence Day, city's founding

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JESUP (KWWL)---Jesup is preparing to celebrate Independence Day, as well as the city's 150th birthday.
 
The week-long sesquicentennial celebration will start Sunday, July 4 at 8 a.m. and conclude a week later, on Saturday, July 10.  The historical pageant, will be July 4-7 at the school football field.  The pageant will be held Sunday through Wednesday at 9 p.m. with one or more different pre-pageant activities each night.
 
The pageant will feature a unique set.  It's a 300-foot-long replica of Jesup's main business district around 1900. It includes a stage that moves, a huge screen to show slides/movies and even sets that rotate on stage.  It's been designed, created, and rebuilt this year after being used 25 years ago for Jesup's Quasquicentennial celebration.  It was then stored in a garage at the home of Alan Wright.  And the pageant is just a small part of the activities over the next week in Jesup.
 
Sunday, July 4 begins with a 150th birthday breakfast at the Methodist Church in Jesup, and an ecumenical church service at the pageant site. There will be Jesup School tours, plus an alumni & friends banquet at the school that afternoon. The Waring Family Bluegrass Concert is at  7 p.m. at the pageant site, and a huge fireworks display will follow the first night's pageant.
 
Traditional Farmers Day events from July 8-10 include a carnival, with special wrist band rates of just $12 to ride all night on Thursday, and $12 to ride all afternoon on Friday.  Food, dances, music, artists, vendors, parades, and competitions will be part of the festivities.
 
Popular band Lotus will perform at the teen dance Thursday night, and live on the Park Pavilion stage on Thursday, July 8, at 9 p.m.  There will also be live music from Nashville, which includes Donna Chapel on the Pavilion stage Friday, July 9, at 9:30 p.m.
 
Returning for Farmers Day 2010 will be a band with Cedar Valley roots, Milk & Honey. They will take the stage Saturday, July 10, at 9 p.m.  Billy Heller will perform in the Gazebo on Saturday, July 10, alternating with Kathy Lee Ogden.  That show begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. 
 
The 61st annual great Farmers Day parade kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 10.  The theme will be "Memories Are Made of This."
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