Crowds turn out for annual Jewell Jubilee

Tradition, family and fun

Braelyn, Alexis and Emmersyn Thompson, of Okoboji, enjoy the parade during the Jewell Jubilee.

JEWELL — The Jewell Jubilee can be summed up in three words: tradition, family and fun. Families, friends and people from all over gathered to experience the fun of the Jewell Jubilee Days, even through the blistering heat.

The fun began on Friday night with the Main Street barbecue sponsored by Jewell Area Event Enterprises. Then for dessert, the Jewell Lions Club held an ice cream and pie social on Main Street as well.

The events continued on Saturday morning with the parade and float contest on Main Street.

The parade consisted of many local businesses and organizations, including the Jewell Fire and Rescue, the Hamilton County Fair Queen Jenna Woodall, Hamilton Heritage Hunters, Classic Designs, First State Bank, Town and Country Insurance, the Jewell Lions, Design to Print Solutions, Stanhope Watermelon Days, Murray McMurray Hatchery and many more.

Perhaps the most endearing of all floats was the Kids Cancer Squad float. Behind the float was a squad of adults marching, while doing a choreographed army drill with water guns as they sang a version of the chant, “Everywhere we go, people wanna know.”

Events continued all day with a petting zoo, a dunk tank, a National Guard obstacle course, a cake walk, the South Hamilton Dance Team, X-treme tumbling, the vendor fair and craft show, Hamilton County Saddle Club Horse Show and games. There was also a kickball tournament, a smoked meats contest and a cornhole tournament. The day ended with fireworks in Jewell’s City Park.

Leah Maas of Ellsworth, who has been going to the Jewell Jubilee for over 30 years, said what she likes most about the event is the fellowship with all of the people.

“We used to sit on bleachers with all of the other parents, and now all of our kids are grown up,” Maas said. “So this is where I see all of the people that we’ve known forever and just don’t hardly see anymore. Now we’re here with our grandkids. So it’s been going on for generations and that’s the fun part.”