JASONVILLE -- It is evident that the spirit and pride of Jasonville has resounded throughout its 150 years as residents prepare for the city's sesquicentennial celebration July 12-20.
There have been many changes since the word "Jasonville" was printed in greasepaint on the outside of Jason Rogers' store in the mid-1800s, giving the town its name.
However, through good times when plants, small factories and coal mines in the area flourished and bad times when three fires destroyed Main Street, residents have never let their enthusiasm diminish for their town.
On Jan. 23, 2008, members of Jasonville's Chamber of Commerce, along with guests, met at the Lions Club for a formal sesquicentennial kickoff.
On that day, a sign was dedicated formally renaming Union Street to Jason Rogers Street. It was also the day that men began growing beards for the contest to be judged during the upcoming birthday celebration.
Shakamak Chamber of Commerce President Andrea Pierce and Vice President Brad Duncan say there have been many meetings and several people have worked diligently during the past six months to finalize plans for the celebration.
"I want to thank everyone who has come out to work," Duncan said. "A lot of people were busy taking care of three or four projects at one time. I just hope everyone enjoys the celebration."
The six months of planning has culminated into an entertaining schedule that will be ushered in with a Bruce Borders concert at 8 p.m., Friday, at Hanna Field.
On Saturday, the United Methodist Church is sponsoring a biscuits and gravy breakfast at the Senior Citizen's building.
At noon Saturday, a wagon trail/trail ride begins at Hanna Field. Chuck Wagon meals will be available all day. Fireworks at 10 p.m. will conclude the evening.
A wheel show including tractors and cars will be at Hanna Field July 13. Meals will be served throughout the day with proceeds going to Jasonville's Masonic Lodge.
July 14-20, the city park will feature vendors, blacksmith's, weavers, amateur ham radio operators and antique machinery.
Each day throughout the celebration, Kangaroo Courts will also be in session.
A special evening of kids' games, sponsored by Jasonville Boy Scouts, is scheduled for 6-9 p.m., at the city park, July 14.
Anchored in Faith Ministries will sponsor kids' games at the same time and place July 15.
A pie eating contest will take place at the Jasonville Firehouse at 6:30 p.m., July 16 and will be followed by a free movie at 9 p.m.
It will be another fun evening at the firehouse July 17 with a hot dog eating contest, also followed with a movie.
To enter the eating contests, contact Steve Munson at 812-798-3435 or Brad Duncan at 812-699-7050. Age categories for the eating contests are 6-12, 13-17 and 18-50.
The main features on July 18 are a mini tractor pull at Hanna Field in the late afternoon and a horsepull sponsored by the American Legion at 7 p.m.
A biscuit and gravy breakfast, sponsored by senior citizens, will begin at 8 a.m., July 19, at the Senior Citizen's building. A fly-over will signal the beginning of the parade at 11 a.m.
During July 19, there will also be an all-star baseball tournament and music uptown beginning at 6 p.m.
Anchored in Faith Ministries will conduct a community church service at 10 a.m. at the city park July 20. It is suggested those attending bring a lawn chair.
Following the church service, a pork chop dinner will be served at noon with proceeds going for park improvements and carriage rides will begin at noon at Hanna Field. Beards will also be judged at noon.
Later that day, the anniversary celebration ends with a community church service at 7 p.m.
To have the perfect attire for the weekend, derby and top hats may be purchased for $6 at Gambles Furniture, Main Source Bank, Pizza Villa or Senior Citizen's Building.
T-shirts are available for $10 at Gamble's Furniture, Main Source Bank and Pizza Villa.
Bonnets at $10 are available at Gamble's Furniture and at the Senior Citizen's Building.
Beard and makeup permits may also be purchased at Gamble's Furniture.