Galloway home

Mike Galloway stands outside his tornado-damaged home in July. (Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star/file)

The public is invited for a day of food and fun that will help raise money for tornado disaster relief in Jacksonville on Saturday.

The Celebrate Jacksonville Festival: Jacksonville Strong event will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Jacksonville Community Center. The festival will be preceded by a 5K color run at 7:30 a.m. in the city. All proceeds from the events will be used to help residents impacted by the March 19 tornado, organizers say.

The Jacksonville Arts Council is organizing the events as a respite from tornado recovery, said Nancy Gillespie of the arts council.

“We want people to have a fun day and to forget about the tornado,” Gillespie said.

The festival itself will be free to the public. The only charge will be $5 per child for all-day access to the kids section, which will feature games, a slide, bouncy houses and a rock-climbing wall.

Gillespie said the main festival will have 28 vendors selling food and wares, a dunking booth and five bands.

“There’s something all day long for everybody,” Gillespie said.

The 5K color run, also at the community center, costs $25 per participant. Gillespie said on Thursday that 80 runners were signed up to participate.

Anyone who would like to sign up for the run can still do so by contacting Janis Burns at 256-435-8115.



Staff writer Patrick McCreless: 256-235-3561. On Twitter @PMcCreless_Star.