JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Area Chamber of Commerce is planning for Jefferson Days to be bigger and better than ever this summer.
The Chamber discussed plans for the event during its meeting on Monday, March 6, at Pueblo Real in Jefferson.
Last year, the Chamber helped bring back the festival to two days, and turning it into a carnival with rides. Gazette Newspapers President/Publisher Bill Creed, who is on the Jefferson Days Committee, shared plans for this year’s festival during the meeting. Jefferson Days and Carnival will be held on Father’s Day weekend, once again coinciding with the Strawberry Festival at the Jefferson Depot, Creed said.
The Chamber is in the process of resigning with the ride company, with plans to expand the rides selection this year, Creed said.
“We’re looking at expanding on doing a lot of different things Friday and Saturday nights,” Creed said.
Some of the potential activities being discussed include showing an outdoor movie on Friday night, holding a Battle of the Bands or a Jefferson Idol contest, hosting a corn-hole tournament and more.
“We’re also bringing in a stage and we’re going to be doing various acts,” Creed said.
The Chamber also will once again encourage people to hold yard sales that weekend. Businesses also will hold sidewalk sales.
“The more activities going on, the more appealing it is to families,” Creed said. “There’s a lot of things planned. It should be bigger and better than ever.”