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A two-block portion of South Main Street, in downtown Jonesboro, will be closed Saturday for a few hours while the city holds its annual Jonesboro Days event. The town is planning on holding more outdoor activities as part of this year’s event, which is necessitating the road closure.
A small section of downtown Jonesboro is slated to be closed to vehicle traffic for awhile Saturday as city leaders put on a small street festival for residents.
The city will hold its annual Jonesboro Days celebration on Saturday on Main Street. The annual event is being expanded this year, to be held as the town’s culminating event for Georgia Cities Week, which is this week. The joint celebration of both programs will last from 11 a.m., to 4 p.m., and result in the closing of South Main Street, from West Mill Street, to College Street, officials have said.
Jonesboro Mayor Joy Day and City Councilmember Pat Sebo said the combined, free-to-attend event is expected to provide something for everyone, ranging from public safety vehicle displays, to live entertainment, to food. Sebo, who is overseeing Georgia Cities Week Programs, has been working with fellow Councilmember Joe Compton, who is overseeing Jonesboro Days events, to plan the largely outdoor festival.
“There is going to be something going on all day, for people to enjoy,” Sebo said.
This year will mark a change from past Jonesboro Days celebrations, which were usually smaller affairs centered around a reunion of Jonesboro High School alumni who graduated several years ago. The event has also traditionally been held in mid-May, putting it in competition with McDonough’s Geranium Festival for attendees.
Earlier this year, however, city leaders decided to move it to April to eliminate the conflict with the Geranium Festival, and to tie it into Georgia Cities Week. They also decided to add more activities, in an effort to increase the number of people who attend.
As a result, they have come up with a variety of new activities, including: A community low-impact aerobics class; a masseuse; door-prize giveaways; displays of memorabilia showing Jonesboro’s past; a reunion lunch for the alumni, and displays of vehicles from the Jonesboro and Clayton County police departments, the county sheriff’s office, and the county fire department.
The activities will be centered around the two-block stretch of South Main Street, the Old Jonesboro Train Depot, and the Jonesboro Fire House Museum and Community Center, which is located at 103 West Mill Street.
There will also be live performances all day on the porch of the old train depot, including local bands, from 11 a.m., to noon, and from 2 p.m., to 4 p.m., as well as a clown and magician, who will perform and mingle with attendees from noon, to 2 p.m., Sebo added.
Day said The Road to Tara Museum, which is located in the train depot, is also handing out free passes for that day. The mayor said passes can be picked up at Jonesboro City Hall, which is located at 124 North Ave.
Additionally, the city is cross-promoting Jonesboro Days, with Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County, Inc.’s Native American Heritage Festival, which is also being held Saturday, from 10 a.m., to 3 p.m., at Stately Oaks Plantation, at 100 Carriage Lane, in Jonesboro.
“There’s going to be a lot going on, and I think everybody will have a good time,” Day said. “We’re inviting everybody to join us for a fun-filled day.”
Call Jonesboro City Hall, at (770)478-3800, for more information about Jonesboro Days and Georgia Cities Week.