Lots of new events, bands at Farmers Day
Every year, the Jesup Farmers Day board of directors tries to come up with new and exciting ways to entertain the people that attend this popular three-day event, and this year is no different.

The central attraction, arriving Thursday and available throughout the celebration, is an animatronic T-Rex! Visitors to Farmers Day will have the opportunity to snap photos with the big, scaly dinosaur as he roams through the crowds. Prehistoric Dinosaur Adventures will also have a mobile prehistoric walk-through dinosaur museum for the public to enjoy, featuring fossils, skeletons and multi-media educational opportunities.

The Jesup Boy Scouts is sponsoring their first-ever hot dog eating contest on Thursday, July 5, starting at 8:30 PM at the Scouts’ food stand.

Another new feature this year will be a Fancy Hat competition. If you have a fancy hat to show off, register at 1:30 PM on Friday, July 6, at the Park Pavilion. The contest begins at 2 PM.

The Ethan Bell Band out of Chicago will perform Friday night beginning at 9:30 PM. With their skillfully led instrumentals, creative cover mash-ups, and new songs that blur the line between country, pop and hip-hop, The Ethan Bell Band has been humbly compared to their influencers - Zac Brown Band and Florida Georgia Line.

New to Farmers Day, but not necessarily to Jesup, is the Buck Hollow Band. This lively Midwest duo has performed at the annual B&B Farm Store celebration, but this is the first time they have appeared at Farmers Day. They will be upstairs at the Gazebo on Saturday, July 7, from 1-4 PM.

On the ground floor of the Gazebo, enjoy the magic and balloon-making skills of Rod Shipley, another newcomer to the Farmers Day celebration. He will be entertaining from 1-4 PM Saturday.

A real crowd pleaser is the musical talent of Andy Anderson and Mike Leeds of central Iowa. These two guys provide dueling piano entertainment which is very high-energy and family-friendly. Their premiere appearance will entertain at the Park Pavilion on Saturday, July 7, starting at 4:30 PM.

Rounding out the new entertainment will be Tomar and the FCs out of Austin, TX. They will be at the Park Pavilion Stage at 9:30 PM on Saturday, July 7. The band includes a musician from Jesup, IA! His stage name is David Earl, but his real name is a lot more familiar. More on that mystery to follow.

In addition to all of the new entertainment, so many of the old favorites will return this year, like the Prince and Princess Contest on Thursday night, Bill Chrastil from Branson, MO on Friday night, and, as always, the Great Farmers Day parade on Saturday.

Start making plans and tell your family and friends – July 5-7, Jesup is the place to be!
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