It’s officially summer out there, y’all, and if you’re eager to get your kids out of the house, here’s just the right list of local events for you, featuring everything from cars and robots to fashion and fundraisers.
Enjoy: All things automobiles
Blue Suede Shoes and Red Hot Rides
Date: Saturday, June 15
Time: 9:00 A.M. - 2:30 P.M.
Location: Southeast corner of the downtown square
Cost: Free! ($20 registration fee for competing cars)
Calling all car fanatics! You won’t want to miss this event. With door prizes, a silent auction, and a handful of various awards, this event is bound to be a motor-lover’s dream, and it’s an awesome way for our community to raise money for the Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse.
Endorse: Redemption Road Rescue
Redemption Road Rescue Open House
Date: Saturday, June 22
Time: 11:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Location: Redemption Road Rescue (130 Cooper Anderson Road)
Redemption Road Rescue has been doing some incredible work in the equestrian community for the past ten years, and to celebrate all the support they’ve received, they’re hosting an open house so you can see the impact they are making up close and personal. Come check out their trick rider, and bring some cash for lunch and a horse book to take home!
Explore: The fascinating world of robotics
Robotics Summer Camp
Date: Wednesday, June 12 - Friday, June 14
Time: 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Location: theCO (541 Wiley Parker Road)
theCO is the center of all things innovative here in Jackson, and this summer, they’re offering a great way for your tech-savvy teen to engage with robotics while school’s out. From learning a programming language to competing in fun games, your student will have a blast and leave having a great base to future exploration of robots. Sign up soon!
Exercise: Under the setting sun
Twilight Run & Downtown Rendezvous
Date: Thursday, June 6
Time: 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Location: Jackson’s AMP at the Market (91 New Market Street)
Cost: $30 per race (tickets also available for dinner only)
If you or someone you know has suffered from the trauma of perinatal loss, Heaven’s Cradle is here to help, and this June they’ll be hosting their annual Twilight Run & Downtown Rendezvous to remember the babies we have lost. Compete in the 5k or just join in the fun of the one-mile run so this beloved non-profit can reach their $10,000 goal!
Experience: A West Tennessee tradition
Miss Tennessee Volunteer Scholarship Pageant
Date: Wednesday, June 19 - Saturday, June 22
Time: 8:00 P.M. - 10:15 P.M. (begins at 7:45 P.M. on Saturday)
Location: Carl Perkins Civic Center (400 South Highland Avenue)
Cost: $30 for Wednesday-Friday; $50 for Saturday (discounted season tickets available for all four nights)
If you’re a fan of fashion and talent, don’t miss the summer tradition of the Miss Tennessee Volunteer Scholarship Pageant. Over $125,000 in scholarships will be awarded, and you can get tickets June 17-21 at the Civic Center (available 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. or by calling 731.425.8590.
Originally from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Katie Howerton moved to Jackson in 2011 to study Graphic Design and Drawing at Union University. She discovered Our Jackson Home in January 2015 and used it as a guinea pig for her senior design project, creating the first issue of Our Jackson Home: The Magazine. After graduating she was given leadership over Our Jackson Home at theCO, where she now runs the blog, designs the magazine, and coordinates events. She lives with her husband Jordan and daughter November in Midtown and loves her community at City Fellowship Baptist Church.