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Concord Jubilee is this weekend

The 43rd annual Concord Country Jubilee will kick off this weekend with the Jubilee Jaunt 5K and offer all sorts of fun for the family, including a car show, antique tractor show, parade, train rides, a Sunday morning outdoor church service, art and antique vendors, hand crafted items, all sorts of foods and drinks, pony rides, inflatables for kids, a petting zoo and musical entertainment. ’We already have 30 new vendors this year and a lot of other vendors,’ said city clerk Sharon Casey. ‘There will be all sorts of handmade and crafted items and we are really excited about that. The city has worked hard to provide all new electrical lines and extend the water line to help out vendors.’ This year, live musical entertainment will be at the city pavilion near the children’s playground so more people can hear them throughout the day. Saturday’s entertainers will include the Blue Diamond Butterflies Dance Group at 11:15 a.m., Walker Chandler and his bagpipes at 12 noon, the Fellowship Baptist Missionary Mass Choir at 1 p.m., the Bonnie Ridge Bluegrass Band at 3 p.m. and the Pine Grove Five at 4 p.m. Sunday’s entertainers will include Alivia Roberts at 1 p.m., the Papa Jinx Band at 2 p.m. and The Maloy Brothers Band at 3 p.m. The Concord Country Jubilee Car Show will be held from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Saturday next to the antique tractor exhibit. The parade will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, with line up starting at 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of Concord Road and Strickland Road near Magnolia Farms. The parade typically features many antique vehicles, including tractors and other farm equipment, as well as horses and mules and various types of buggies and carts and floats. Parade applications can be picked up at Concord City Hall or requested via email at cityofconcord@bellsouth.net. Parade applications are due by Oct. 14 and can be dropped off, emailed or faxed to 770-884-9666. The Jubilee Jaunt 5K will begin at 7:30 a.m. with race day registration starting at 6:30 a.m. The race will start and end in downtown Concord at the stage behind the Strickland Building. Proceeds from the Jubilee Jaunt will benefit missions at Pine Grove Baptist Church and Brandon Brown, a PE teacher at the Pike County Elementary School who is battling brain cancer. Contact race director Melissa Whitley at melissabwhitley@att.net to register or for more information. Jubilee Jaunt awards will be presented to top overall male and female runners as well as the top three males and females in each age grouping. For more information on the Concord Country Jubilee, visit City Hall or call 770-884-5221.

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