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JMS to host fall festival

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By PETER SAWYER

Friday, Jacksboro Middle School will host a literacy-themed fall festival for the community.
“We just really want to make it a community event where we can open our school to the community and have our kids involved in the community in a not-so-school setting,” JMS Assistant Principal Nikki Bumgardner said.
The festival will begin at 6 p.m. The theme is “fall into reading,” and it will revolve around storytelling.
Booths will be placed outside, but if weather isn’t conducive to an outdoor event, the festival can be moved indoors, Bumgardner said.
Local storytellers, such as Hack Ayers, Martha Wells and Jerry Sharp, will set up booths around the football field.
“They’re going to tell stories (of) things that have happened in this area,” Bumgardner said.
Wells will tell spooky stories while Sharp will talk about Harvey LaFollette.
Teachers and students will also set up booths.
There will be funnel cakes, inflatables and free hot dogs.
 “The Great Pumpkin Patch” is a Charlie Brown-themed area. There will also be a haunted house.
“We’re going to have a pumpkin carving contest,” Bumgardner said. “A pumpkin painting contest, and a chili cook-off.”
An art class at JMS will paint pumpkins for the contest, but people are free to bring submissions to the festival, Bumgardner said. People can bring their submissions to the school or to the event by 5 p.m.
Local craftsmen will feature their artwork at the festival.
Area businesses have also been invited to set up booths at the fall festival.
“We’ve invited any businesses that would like to come and set up a literary booth,” Bumgardner said. “The more the merrier. Anybody can come.”
Bumgardner expects about 10 businesses to set up booths at the festival. Business owners are encouraged to use literary themes. However, they can tweak their themes to help promote their businesses. Ayers Real Estate plans to set up a booth based on Dr. Seuss. The theme is: “Oh the places you’ll see in Campbell County, Tenn.”
The local library, Jacksboro Police Department, Jacksboro Fire department and rescue squad will also make an appearance.
“Our technology students will take pictures,” Bumgardner said.
The JPD will fingerprint children for the kids safe program and the JFD will bring a fire truck. The rescue squad will bring either a boat or ATVs.
Admission to the fall festival is free, and participation at the booths is free.
“We’re trying to make it as low cost as possible,” Bumgardner said. “In order to come and have a good time and participate in most everything, it will be free.”