The Jasper County Chamber of Commerce staff and Board of Directors are rolling out more changes to the 2018 event season.

Up first is a format change to the annual June festival, For several years, Strawberryfest has failed to fall in line with the local strawberry harvest. The berries are ready either before or after the event, leaving Strawberryfest-goers wanting more.

June 1 and 2, 2018 brings the first annual Summerfest, kicking off summer activities in Jasper County. The theme of Summerfest is “Gettin’ Piggy With It” and the Friday/Saturday festival will feature an amateur BBQ Contest, a twilight parade on Friday, local and traveling food and craft vendors, a new carnival with games, as well as rides and inflatables, a DJ contest, live entertainment and more. Local strawberry growers have been invited to set up at Summerfest, bringing the literal fruits of their labor to the many guests and locals who have come to expect them year after year.

Three Little Birds Market will also be in full swing June 2, just a block to the north of the Courthouse Square. Featuring crafts, perishables and hand crafted creations, Three Little Birds is a community market designed to represent the best of local entrepreneurs. There are two additional market dates schedule this summer, in July and August.

Just one month later on July 1, the Chamber of Commerce will partner with the Jasper County Fair Board for Jasper in July. This one-day event begins at 4 p.m. and will bring fireworks back to Jasper County and include an afternoon full of family-friendly activities. Gate admission for Jasper in July is $5 per person and includes a carnival that begins at 6 p.m. The event will include activities such as a Pedal Tractor Pull co-sponsored by the Jasper County Antique Tractor and Machinery Club, a demonstration of strength by Newton Elite Fitness and a dunking booth featuring Jasper County celebrities.

Tickets are also available for the grandstands, where live performances will be taking place all afternoon. Nashville native, Allie Colleen, will take the stage at 6 p.m. with her impeccably strong voice that brings hints of timeless tradition and the emerging country sound. A meet and greet with Allie Colleen is schedule in the Floral Hall immediately following her performance.

Fireworks begin at dusk to the west of the fairgrounds. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets to celebrate the nation’s independence with Jasper in July!

The Primary goal of the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce is to support and promote local businesses. The Chamber of Commerce hosts Chamber After Hours, As a non-profit organization, the Chamber coordinates events throughout the year as a means to raise funds to help achieve those efforts. Events are also a great way to welcome visitors to Jasper County to see how fortunate we are to live, work and play in this community.

To participate in the Summerfest BBQ Contest or learn more about any of the Chamber’s events, contact the Chamber of Commerce at (618) 783-3399, visit us online at www.jasperchamber.com, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.