Jackson County was established on August 12, 1822, making it the third oldest County in Florida, and older than the state of Florida itself. This year will mark two hundred years of culture, growth, and development as a community. Two centuries of Jackson County is certainly a cause for celebration.
Therefore, the Board of County Commissioners and staff felt that a public celebration was in order. The Bicentennial Celebration Festival is just that. Meant to mimic traditional festivals, it will include carnival style games that are free to the public, as well as live music from local artists. The Chipola Historic Trust will host a historical component indoors alongside a few vendors to allow visitors to learn, shop, and escape the heat. Visitors can grab a bite to eat from one of the many food trucks at the festival. Kids can take a break from the carnival style games and have fun bouncing on inflatables or exploring large vehicles and machinery from around the County. Visitors can stock up on local produce and goods by patronizing the local Farmers’ Market area. Regarding attire, parents should be advised that some activities include water.
The festival is truly a Jackson County community driven event. Rooted in family fun and powered by the community through volunteers and many sponsors, it is a wonderful example of the story of Jackson. That story, like that of every County, is full of plot twists, highs, lows, victories, losses, and everything in between. However, the core theme of Jackson County’s story has never changed. The theme of a community of people representing multiple cultures living and working together as one.
Jackson County has come a long way in 200 years, and we can’t wait to see where we are in 200 more. Until then, citizens are invited to join in the celebration. As we say in Jackson County, “See y’all there!”