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Hoopeston

March 2, 2014

Jaycees outline changes for festival

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The Jaycees’ souvenir stand will be located in the main tent on the midway for better access to the Sweetcorn Festival souvenirs by patrons. Two types of T-shirts will be available, as well as possible generic shirts without a date or a collared generic shirt with a pocket, sweatshirts and other items.

Ashley Dobkins, souvenir chairman, said this was much better in the midway tent than people trying to find the building with the souvenirs.

This year Sunday Gospel in the Park will return with State of Grace performing at 3 p.m. on the mobile stage and The Allens performance later that afternoon.

Mark’s Ark will perform on stage Monday afternoon with animals that young children can touch during the show such as a snake, and Rob Thompson’s Magic Show will perform several times Monday afternoon.

Items also discussed were the Pleasure Rider’s Motor Cross from Georgetown as an event during the festival. Jeremy Dobkins, Jaycee president, said he visited with the Pleasure Riders and discussed them as a possible event if the truck/tractor pull was not available. It was suggested by several in the audience to add the motor cross on the schedule as well as the truck/tractor pull.

Other suggestions were a professional juggler, a talent show, a golf tournament after the fishing derby or a kids tractor pull or other games on the tennis court for kids plus the availability of the Splash Pool that could be utilized during the festival. The Jaycees, said Hardcastle, will bid the photos for Miss Hoopeston out this year as well as several other things to make the festival more economically sound.

“We have a pretty new crew of people this year,” said Hardcastle, “and are trying to bring back the glory that was us.”

The schedule should to be completed and available by July 1.

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