2017 70th Annual Homecoming Pilgrimage


by Elaine Johnson- JAWGC Parade Chairman

The Jesse Allen Wise Garden Club is very excited to present the 2017 70th Homecoming Pilgrimage! It is exactly what it has been titled, a “Homecom­ing.” We would like for every­one who has either lived, par­ticipated, or visited here during Pilgrimage to come home and take a step back in time. Keep­ing with the Jessie Allen Wise Garden Club goal of preserving Jefferson’s history and some of its most prestigious proper­ties, we hope to recreate what Pilgrimage was like in the 40’s, 50’s and the 60’s. This is the 69th annual Pilgrimage Parade, and the garden club would like for all of you to participate again and help make this the biggest and best parade Jefferson has ever had! It will be televised on some local channels, so join us and put your best foot forward!

We are asking that you keep the theme “vintage” in mind. No late model vehicles (except to pull floats), and no golf carts, go carts, scooters, or motor­cycles. We are looking for fam­ily oriented floats, vintage cars, horse or mule drawn wagons, surreys, and buggies, horse­back riders/cowboys, and even some Indians if we can track them down.

We are so proud of our local beauty pageant queens, and we would like to showcase them on a lovely float and have them in glamorous “vintage” period dresses and gowns. We will help provide these costumes if you do not own one or cannot borrow one.

No items may be tossed or handed off from parade entry, such as candy.

We are also welcoming fami­lies of Marion County ances­try to have a float or ride in a…

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