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Jersey Shore Town Meeting 50th Anniversary Celebration
By Megan Frank
June 25, 2010
JERSEY SHORE -- The townspeople of Jersey Shore have been waiting all year to eat a Gunzy’s hot sausage and wait in line for a half hour or more to get a big bag of cactus taters. They can finally stop waiting because the 4th of July brings the annual Town Meeting, which brings along those tasty treats and many more.
This year the celebration, located at the Town Meeting Grounds on Thompson Street, runs from Monday, July 5 until Saturday, July 10. The grounds packed with amusement rides by Mid Valley Amusements and food vendors open each evening at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m.
There will be special arm band nights on Monday and Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday from 2-4:30 p.m. Advance ride tickets will be available until noon on July 5. The tickets can be purchased at various businesses around town or by contacting C.F. Edwards at 763-3616, Kathy at 447-5915, or Mary at 279-2398.
The Grand Parade begins Thursday, July 8 at 6:15 p.m. on Allegheny Street. Riding in the parade along with fire trucks, tractors, and classic cars will be the Queen Tiadaghton candidates including Emily Cook, Lindsay Gordner, Shandel Starr, and Rebecca Young. Also in the parade will be the Baby Sweetheart finalists and 2010 Town Crier, Benjamin Copenhaver.
The celebration will close Saturday, July 10 at 9:45 p.m. with a fireworks display best seen from the celebration field.
The schedule of events follows:
Saturday, June 26
8:30 a.m.- Tiadaghton Race 10K Run- 5K Walk/Run
-Starts at the Jersey Shore Pool
-Contact the Jersey Shore YMCA for participation information 398-2150
Sunday, June 27
1:30 p.m.- Tiadaghton Queen Contest and Tea
-Location: Trinity United Methodist Church on Allegheny and Glover Streets
Sunday, July 4
2 p.m.- Tiadaghton Elm Ceremony
-Location: Jersey Shore Town Meeting Grounds (Rain or Shine)
7 p.m.- Evensong Vespers
-Location: Jersey Shore Town Meeting Grounds (Rain Location: St. John Lutheran Church on Broad Street)
Monday, July 5
5:45 p.m.- Ribbon Cutting/Opening of Celebration Field
-Susan Barrows singing the National Anthem
6-10 p.m.- Entertainment by Coffee Run
Tuesday, July 6
6-10 p.m.- Entertainment by SNUG
Wednesday, July 7
6-10 p.m.- Entertainment by The Corral
Thursday, July 8
6:15-8 p.m.- GRAND PARADE –Runs Allegheny, Broad, and Thompson Streets
7:30-8 p.m.- Baby Sweetheart Contest
8-8:30 p.m.- Crowning of the Queen Tiadaghton
8:30-10 p.m.- Entertainment by Essence
Friday, July 9
6-10 p.m.- Entertainment by The Johnny Join Band
(6:15 p.m.- Parade Rain Date)
Saturday, July 10
1 p.m.- Soap Box Derby
-Location: Thompson Street Hill
1-3 p.m.- 50th Celebration Reunion
-Guest appearance by Rep. Garth Everett
3:30-5 p.m.- Jersey Shore Alumni Band
6-10 p.m.- Entertainment by Covert Action
9:45 p.m.- FIREWORKS SHOW
Why is the 4th of July significant to Jersey Shore?
On July 4, 1776, The Fair Play Men, a group of settlers who had their own form of government, met under the “Tiadaghton Elm” and drew up a resolution declaring independence from Great Britain. The signing of the Tiadaghton Declaration of Independence was signed on the same day the US Declaration of Independence was ratified. Although the Tiadaghton Elm was dead by 1975, ceremonies are still held in its honor each year.
(Source: Images of America: Clinton County By: Eric M. Smith and Images of America: Jersey Shore By: Wayne O. Welshans)