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It’s Jubilee time in Jewell

A barbecue, kids activities, parade and music all planned for Friday and Saturday at annual celebration

— Daily Freeman-Journal file photo Diners gather on Main Street in Jewell for the Main Street barbecue last year. The event offers a chance to enjoy a meal, listen to music and visit with friends.

JEWELL — Jewell will roll out the red carpet this weekend as the community hosts the annual Jewell Jubilee, featuring a barbecue, ice cream social, parade and kids activities.

The fun begins Friday night with the Main Street Barbecue. Smoked beef, pork and turkey will be served along with the famous Ellsworth potato salad. Serving for the event, sponsored by Jewell Area Development Enterprises, is from 5 to 8 p.m.

And as a complement to the barbecue dinner, an ice cream and pie social will be held right on Main Street as well. The Jewell Lions Club will serve pie and Sweet Treats ice cream beginning at 5:30 p.m. at $4 for all ages.

Also on Friday, a fun run/walk will be held. Check in from 5 to 6 p.m. at the corner of Highways 69 and 175. Other family activities are also planned.

Saturday gets underway with the Lions Club parade beginning at 10 a.m. A float contest will be held with Ken and Rhonda Howard, Todd and Missy Coy and Matt Schutt serving as judges.

After the parade, activities for the kids begin, including a dunk tank, knock out basketball, a kickball tournament, face painting, the Hovick Petting Zoo and pony rides, the EJS nickel scramble and a cake walk. There will be free swimming at the city pool from 1 to 6 p.m. A car and tractor show will be featured from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a kids tractor pull will be held from 2 to 3 p.m.

Laser tag is available from 1 to 7 p.m. and X-treme Tumbling will perform between 12 and 1 p.m.

There will be plenty of food choices throughout the day.The FFA will be grilling pork burgers and hot dogs and the Clear Lake Sailors 4-H club will have smoked turkey, both from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Faith Evangelical Youth Group/Top Shelf Grilling will have food from 4 to 8 p.m. and the Lyon Kings 4-H Club will serve walking tacos from 4 to 7 p.m. Top off the meal with Sweet Treats ice cream, served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The beer garden with a DJ will be open from 4 p.m. to midnight and a corn hole tournament will run during the same time frame.

The weekend will wrap up on Sunday morning with a community church service at the United Church of Christ of Jewell.

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