‘Jack Day’ activities include 5K, festival

Published 3:00 am Friday, September 19, 2014

Saturday is Jack Day in Jack and everyone is invited to be a part of all the events and activities planned from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Zion Chapel School. There is no admission charge.

Jack Day is sponsored annually by Altrusa International of Jack.

The day’s events get off to a fast start with a 5K Trail Run. Registration is at 7 a.m. and the run gets underway at 7:30 a.m. The registration fee is $25.

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“The 5K is called a trail run because it’s not all on a paved surface,” said Britley Parker, Altrusa member. “The run surface is flat but it is an all-terrain run. We also have a one-mile fun run that is that people of all ages can enjoy.”

Registration for the fun run begins at 9:30 a.m. and the run starts at 10 a.m. The registration fee is $15.

Jack Day activities include arts and crafts, face painting, Bingo, a silent auction, cakewalk and more. There will also be entertainment throughout the day. SheBang! Cloggers from Troy will perform, as will members of the Zion Chapel FFA Chapter. Hannah Barron, Taylor Weeks and the Wiregrass Dance Club will be featured entertainment. The Zion Chapel youth sports cheerleaders will also take center stage at the 11th annual Jack Day event.

The Zion Chapel youth sports programs will have festival type food available.

“This is our 11th Jack Day and the funds raised supports literacy,” Parker said. “Altrusa of Jack donates books to the school library and we provide books and reading literature for the senior citizens in the community.”

At Christmastime, Altrusa provides Christmas gifts for up to 15 children of families in need. Altrusa also awards several scholarships to local graduating seniors each year. Parker said everyone is invited to participate in Jack Day. “It’s a time of fellowship and fun and also raises money to support literacy in our community among people of all ages,” she said.