Jonesboro celebrates sesquicentennial

Jonesboro, AR (KAIT)-  The city of Jonesboro is celebrating 150 Years. Events are planned all throught this week for residents to celebrate.

Monday, September 28th - Heritage Day/Community Wide Church Service .. at the convocation center.

Performances including the Delta Symphony, City Mass Choir, Praise and Worship bands, Jericho Crossing and Rick Green with "Wallbuilders".  Its non-denominational and free to the public.  Things kick off at 6:00pm at the Convocation Center.

Tuesday, September 29th - Honoring Veterans Day  Honor Craighead County's veterans as well as all members of the armed forces at 4pm at St. Bernards Auditorium.... Military Observance day will include Flag Etiquette presentations at several public schools throughout the County.

A special ceremony will be held at 4pm at St. Bernard's Auditorium hosted by Col. Jerry W. Bowen, President of the Craighead County Veterans Monument Foundation and Former Director of the United States National Cemetery System, US Department of Veterans Affairs.

The event will include short Presentations and displays of Military Uniforms from Civil War to Present. A Historical Presentation written by Danny Honnell, on the History of Craighead County and the City of Jonesboro and the importance of military in the creation of our Community.

The ceremony will also include a US Flag Presentation by the Jonesboro Elks Club and a Demonstration by the Craighead County Veterans Monument Foundation Honor Guard, the Caledonian Drum and Bugle Corp. Bagpipes.

All veterans organizations will be present as well as the Craighead County Veteran Service Officers and all branches of the Armed Forces Recruiting offices. The event is open to the public and is free of charge as are all the Sesquicentennial Events.

Wednesday, September 30th - Agriculture Day..The ASU ABI Institute will be having an open house starting at 10:00am-11:30. The ABI Building is located on ASU Campus. The new building as you cross the railroad tracks on Caraway. If you are interested in attending this open house please be in the ABI Lobby at 10:00am.

Thursday, October 1st 11:30am - 1:00pm - Business Day..The Kiwanis Club of Jonesboro presents "150 Years and Counting" presented by Mr. Danny Honnoll at the Cooper Center on ASU Campus. This will be a special historical Sesquicentennial presentation.

Cost: $15, Tickets can be purchased at the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce 1709 East Nettleton, Credit Bureau of Jonesboro 109 E. Jackson Ave, Bill Dunnam Farmers Insurance Group Agency 2817 S Caraway, Spencer Family Hair Center 526 Southwest Drive, ASU Department of Political Science and the following Kiwanis members: Mark Morrow, Roy Ockert, and Tim McCall.

Friday, October 2nd - Education Day..Art Contest - The City of Jonesboro will be hosting an Art Contest for the county 1st-3rd grades.

We ask that the students pick their favorite historical landmark and draw/paint it. The top 10 pictures will be displayed in City Hall at the conclusion of the contest. For more information please contact Candace Martin at the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce.

Saturday, October 3rd There are alot of events going on Saturday

-Night Ranger: FREE LIVE concert on Main St. Downtown Jonesboro.

-Chi Omega Sorority and Jonesboro Parks and Recreation Sesquicentennial Run for a Wish. 5K Run / Walk,Part of the Ridge Rider Athletic Club Run / Walk series, start in downtown Jonesboro

  • Live Music ALL DAY! Coca-Cola Backyard BBQ Contest!
  • A CAR SHOW will be held in the Craighead County Courthouse parking lot, located on the corner of Union and Jefferson.
  • Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk: Craighead Forest Park Pavilion 3

Check-In begins at 9 a.m. For additional information please visit <>

  • Blessed Sacrament Fall Festival.
  • Share Hope "Walk of Remembrance and Hope"

Also: Arkansas State University Museum will open the exhibition, "Exploring the Frontier: Arkansas 1540-1840" on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 in honor of Jonesboro's sesquicentennial celebration.

Through this exciting hands-on exhibition, visitors will experience the foundational history of Arkansas that eventually led to the settlement of Jonesboro and other towns and cities.

Family time is 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; History Time is at 2:00 p.m.; and an International Party is at 3:00 p.m. in celebration of the people from around the world who are part of Arkansas's past and future. Admission is free thanks in part to the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and the Arkansas Discovery Network who made this exhibition possible. Visit <> or phone 870-972-2074 for more information.

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