Spirit on Mountain, an evening of food and fandom, will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday. The City of Jacksonville, Jacksonville State University, local businesses and area civic organizations are teaming up again to co-host the annual gathering that features the perennial favorite “Taste of the Town,” a tasters fair benefiting JCOC, a local nonprofit organization that offers short-term assistance for individuals and families in need.
Also on tap for the evening is a community-wide pep rally featuring the JSU Gamecocks football team, the Southerners and Marching Ballerinas, along with teams and bands from Jacksonville High School, Pleasant Valley High School and Jacksonville Christian Academy. The pep rally begins at 8 p.m. on Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium.
The Kitty Stone Singers will sing the National Anthem, and Riley Green will play from 5:30-6:30.
Radio personalities Jock Burgess and Andrew McDermott of WVOK/K98 FM in Oxford will host a live remote on-site and will give away prizes throughout the evening. There will also be a drawing for two club level JSU football seats (a $250 value) for a home game of the winner’s choice this fall. In addition to the food tasting there will be goods offered by non-food vendors, a dunking booth, a special childrens’ play area, entertainment and activities for the entire family.
Restaurants in the city will bring food. Each of the 25 churches that help the JCOC will make one cake that will be auctioned off.
“It’s a big event,” said coordinator David Glass. “Last year we had around 1200, and this year’s we’ll probably have around 2000.”
Jones said it’s a great evening for the entire 36265 zip code.
“It brings the community together,” he said. “It gives us the opportunity to do something good for the community and at the same time enjoy good food and fellowship. David Glass has been doing the Taste of the Town for years, and last year we combined that for the university and community event. He does an excellent job putting this together. There’s a lot of people from both the community and university that will meet there.”
Glass said he’s happy with the turnout and support from merchants who helped sponsor the evening.
Tickets are $10 for 10 and can be purchased the evening of the event.
For more information or to sign on as a Spirit on Mountain Street sponsor, call David Glass at 591-6462.
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