The 40th annual Concord Country Jubilee will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19-20 and will continue the longstanding tradition of fun, food and community camaraderie. The parade will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday along Highway 18. Entertainment will begin Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Strickland Building. The Jubilee hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.Festivities will kick off Saturday, Oct. 19 with a 5K Jubilee Jaunt and half-mile Jubilee Jaunt Fun Run. Race day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and the half-mile fun run begins at 7:30 a.m. The Jubilee Jaunt begins at 7:45 a.m. Online registration is available at active.com.Â Concord Methodist Church will serve breakfast from 7-9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Plates are $5 and consist of sausage, eggs, grits, biscuits, jelly, orange juice and coffee. Sausage biscuits can be purchased for $1.50. Take out orders will be available. A community church service will be held Sunday, Oct. 20 at 9 a.m. in the Strickland Building under the leadership of Concord Baptist and Methodist churches. Â Forty years ago, in 1973, several residents had an idea about a way to promote Pike County, in particular Concord. They wanted to provide an opportunity for churches, schools and civic organizations to fundraise individually while making it a community affair at the same time.After being approved by then-mayor Doug Crawford, several others helped make the idea a reality. Julia Mae Elder, a school teacher, suggested the name. The Jubilee was celebrated in Biblical times as a season or an occasion of joyful celebration and coming home.The Concord Country Jubilee has grown and become a yearly tradition due in part to willing workers, community support, good planning, various vendors and entertainers.’There will be many new arts and crafts, food and other types of vendors,’ said Barbara Neath. ‘Y’all come now, ya hear.’
Concord Jubilee this weekend!
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