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A DEERE ON PARADE: Joe Schroeder was one of several people to drive a classic John Deere tractor in the Jeffersonville Jamboree Parade Saturday. This particular tractor, which is owned by Bruce Reichmann of Callicoon, is a 1951 Model 50 John Deere.

Jeff Jams At
Jeffersonville Jamboree

By Rob Potter
JEFFERSONVILLE — August 8, 2000 – Thanks in large part to the weather, the Jeffersonville Jamboree was a success once again.
Saturday’s Jam featured children’s rides, a variety of vendors selling everything from homemade crafts and jewelry to farm fresh fruit and vegetables, music, magical acts and plenty of refreshments. Scores of people strolled along the Lions’ Field under bright, sunny skies.
Prior to the Jam, a parade filled with colorful floats, firetrucks, antique tractors and horses proceeded down Main Street in front of hundreds of people. Frank and Frances Haskell, who recently led the effort to install a village clock along Main Street, served as the grand marshals of the parade.
“They inspired friends and neighbors to pull together for the common good,” said Parade Coordinator Brad Mallett as he presented a plaque to the Haskells. “In October 1999, the goal of raising $25,000 for the clock was set. By the end of December, that goal was met.”
People of all ages seemed to enjoy themselves, as the field offered a host of activities.
Six-year-old Margaret Bruetsch and her three-year-old sister Leeann rode around the track on a children’s train ride as their parents, Carl and Eileen, stood and waved to them.
“It’s terrific,” Eileen Bruetsch said of the Jeff Jam. “It looks like they have a lot to offer.”
Jeffersonville resident Tracy Puerschner, who like the Bruetsches watched her daughter, Hayley, ride on the train, also enjoyed the event.
“The kids enjoy it,” she said. “And it gives you a chance to see people you don’t see too often. It’s a good community event.”
Organizers were also pleased with the turnout for the 2000 edition of the Jeffersonville Jamboree.
“The weather held out, and it’s a beautiful day,” observed Jeffersonville Area Chamber of Commerce President Chris Pfanstiel.

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