Big turnout expected for Jonesburg Homecoming

By Theo Tate
Posted 6/16/22

The Jonesburg Homecoming has made a schedule change this year.

The 80th annual event will start on a Thursday instead on a Friday like in the past. It will begin at 5 p.m. on June 16 with the fish …

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Big turnout expected for Jonesburg Homecoming

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The Jonesburg Homecoming has made a schedule change this year.


The 80th annual event will start on a Thursday instead on a Friday like in the past. It will begin at 5 p.m. on June 16 with the fish and food stand opening for patrons at Lions Park and will end at 11:30 p.m. on June 18 with the 50/50 and $100 attendance prize drawings.

The Jonesburg Homecoming ran from Friday through Sunday in the past years, but organizers decided to eliminate Sunday in this year’s schedule so fathers around the community can celebrate Father’s Day on June 19.

Jerry Schwartz, who is back for his 43rd year as chairman, said despite the schedule change, he’s optimistic that this year’s event will have a much bigger turnout than last year.

The Jonesburg Homecoming returned in 2021 after it was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Everything went well (last year) and we hope to improve upon it,” Schwartz said. “Coming out of COVID has turned into a real hassle for everybody. It’s hard to get back into the swing of things. Hopefully, we’ll have a good time.”

The Jonesburg Homecoming will have its queen and princess contest for the first time since 2019. The contest is scheduled for 5 p.m. on June 18.

Alexa Groeber, Autumn Marshall, El Reagan and Bethany Slovensky are the queen candidates. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship along with a crown, trophy and other great prizes.

There are seven candidates in the princess contest. The winner will receive a cash prize, and there will be awards for second and third place.

The parade will start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. There will be a queen contest talent competition afterwards at 7:30 p.m.
Pedal tractor pull, egg toss and chain saw contests and a washer tournament are scheduled for Friday.

The baby show kicks off the third and final day of the event at 11 a.m. Saturday. There are five divisions each in the boys and girls groups, and the winner of each division advances to the Grand Champion contest.

Also on Saturday, there will be a car show at 2 p.m.

There will be a carnival on all three days, and it is provided by Tinsley Amusements of High Hill.

The Jonesburg Homecoming, which is sponsored by the Jonesburg Lions Club, started in 1941 and was canceled twice. Schwartz said the event gets a lot of help from volunteers from the Jonesburg community.

“It’s a lot of work, but everybody seems to have a good time,” Schwartz said. “It’s like a picnic in the park with good fellowship. The kids seemed to enjoy it. I’ve been in charge of this thing for a long time. Some of the kids I used to enjoy watching them going to different things are now helping me put it on, so that’s kind of rewarding.”

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