‘It’s a good vibe’


PENDLETON — Despite some rain last week, the crowds turned out for the June Jamboree, as the five-day celebration featuring rides, games, food and more attracted visitors from Pendleton and neighboring communities.
The annual Pendleton Lions Club event ran Tuesday through Saturday in Falls Park.
“From everything we see, attendance was up this year,” Lions Vice President Kevin Hitch said.
Presales were up “significantly,” he said, largely because of the addition of ticket sale locations, and it appears advertising to neighboring counties attracted more people from out of town.
Final numbers, including for Saturday — Family Day, which includes the popular one-ticket-per-ride, four-hour time block — had not been tallied as of Tuesday morning.
Most of the people interviewed by a reporter on Saturday were repeat customers.
“We always look forward to the jamboree,” Dan Grogan of Noblesville said after letting his children —Grayson, 7, and Kennedy, 5 — ride the Dragon Wagon roller-coaster.
He said it’s their fourth year in a row coming to the event.
Brittney Harrison of Greenfield, formerly of Pendleton, was at the event with children Lilly, 4, and Melody, 6, and their grandmother, Becky.
All but Brittney were eating frozen treats.
“I already had my burger and fries, so I have to stop somewhere,” she said.
Brittney said she used to come to June Jamboree as a child, and even though she doesn’t live in town anymore, she and her family still come every year.
“This is kind of like coming back to the hometown,” she said. “It is a tradition.
“I have lots of memories of the place.”
Jodi Hersberger, 17, said he, too, has a lifetime of memories of the jamboree.
“We come here every year,” he said. “It’s a good vibe — everybody gets along, riding rides. It really brings the community together.”
Chris Pyles of Greenfield was one of the newcomers to the event.
“This is our first time,” she said, watching granddaughter Melody Brown, 5, playing the Nothing But Net basketball shooting carnival game.
Pyles said a recent visit to the park with her dog and seeing a social media post about the jamboree resulted in their attendance.
Besides providing a place for people to have fun and build memories, June Jamboree raises money for the Lions Club, which uses proceeds to benefit the community.

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