May 1, 2023

Jubilee Days brings much awaited family fun to Brandon

Elijah Mangum

Brandon has been without a festival or carnival for many years. Residents were very pleased with the city’s long awaited new family event, Jubilee Days.

“I think it’s great to have something like this out your back door in our town so close,” said Brandon Resident Amanda Smith. “My children have loved it! I think judging by the crowd today, you can tell everyone else was ready for it and has enjoyed it as well.”

Jubilee Days started on Thursday and lasted through Sunday spanning multiple locations across Brandon.

Guests at Shiloh Park enjoyed games every day and a showing of the 2020 Pixar film, “Soul” Friday night.

At Quarry Park, there was a 5K run Saturday and a craft fair that ran both Friday and Saturday.

Across the street at the Amphitheater, each day offered a midway carnival with rides, games, food and even a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert on Saturday night.

According to Brandon Mayor Butch Lee, the city has been seeking to organize an event like this for many years and is considering turning Jubilee Days into annual event after great success this weekend.

“We’re really testing the pulse of the community to if they want to continue to do this,” said Mayor Lee. “I obviously you see that today with all of these young children and families that this has been well received. We’re just trying to gauge whether or not we want to do this every year. Of course, I think we will.”

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