Closing ceremony organized for the celebration of the bicentenary

JACKSON, Tenn. – The Jackson-Madison County Bicentennial Celebration is held year-round to celebrate 200 years of city and county history.

Guests filled the seats as the Jackson-Madison County Bicentennial hosted the closing ceremony, featuring the Bicentennial Choir and Orchestra.

“We have our closing ceremony for the bicentenary and the fantastic performance of the choirs, 150 members in the choir, 23 members in the orchestra. It will be an epic evening,” said Elaine Christian, president of the bicentenary celebration.

The Bicentennial Choir is made up of individuals from across the community, all coming together to appreciate their love for Jackson-Madison County.

“We have pieces of people who lived in Jackson or who taught at universities here in Jackson, as well as some who just have ties to Jackson, like the Ballad of Casey Jones, or obviously Jackson. And we will end this action with Blue Suede Shoes”, said Austin Clark, the musical director of the Bicentennial Choir.

The ceremony began with remarks from sponsors and thanks to all who participated in this year’s events. The event also debuted Jackson’s latest flag design.

Bicentenary Choir and Orchestra

“So excited to have put this work in for this year to be able to get together this weekend, great weather. What more could we ask for? But this is an exciting and historic time for Jackson,” Christian said.

“Everyone brings their own gifts and talents. And a person sings, if it’s great, it’s good. But often we are not always perfect on our own. But when we bring all of our gifts and talents together and try to perfect this and perfect it, we come up with this amazing product and we’re thrilled with what we’re about to do tonight,” Clark said.

This ceremony kicks off an event-filled weekend with even more bicentennial events that will bring the entire community together in downtown Jackson.

Saturday’s events continue with the Bicentennial Parade, Time Capsule Burial, and Ballpark Concert. Find their events here.

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