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Vernon’s homecoming celebration set

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The 54th annual Labor Day Vernon Homecoming Celebration will show of the town’s historic charm and offer attractions in an effort to welcome former residents and out-of-towners.

“We want our neighbors in the surrounding communities who have never lived here to come, too. It’s a great way to experience life in our historic little town,” Vernon Mayor Dan Wright said.

The celebration is Saturday and Aug. 31 on the Jennings County Courthouse lawn.

Vernon, the county seat of Jennings County, is one of the smallest and oldest towns in the state. Vernon was founded in 1815, one year before Indiana became a state.

Many of the buildings surrounding the ornate courthouse in the center of the town were built in the 1800s. Throughout the day and every evening, chimes ring out to the 323 residents who still make the quiet town their home.

“We like things the way they are here and hope as many people as possible will come and share our celebration. Amber Fields has really worked to organize everything and make things even better than last year,” Wright said.

For the first time, the event will have an evening of music on Saturday on the courthouse lawn.

Beginning at 6 p.m., Gary Applegate and Bobby Burns will play blues, followed the Products of 77, who will play soft rock music until about 10 p.m., Fields said. Free pony rides and bounce houses will be available for kids on Saturday and Sunday, she added.

Another attraction will provide people with a moving experience.

“The mayor worked with some folks at Indiana University Geological Survey in Bloomington to bring in the Quake Cottage, which is designed to give the experience of how it feels to be in an earthquake, Fields said. The Quake Cottage is geared for all ages and, like all other events, is free, she added.

Food, craft and antique vendors will be available both days.

First Baptist Church will begin the Aug. 31 activities with a church service featuring acoustic music. The service will begin at 9 a.m.

The Crosley Classic Car Show will be on display on Pike Street from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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