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Lebanon Jams with General Hatton on the square

Gabe Farmer, Democrat Correspondent • Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 10:09 PM

The storm clouds dissipated Thursday afternoon just in time for a crowd to gather on Lebanon’s Historic Downtown Square to attend the third Jammin’ with the General event of the year.

Families and friends gathered with their lawn chairs and enjoyed the food, music and shopping provided on the square. The Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce organized Jammin' with the General in hopes of bringing new life to the square.

This month’s iteration of Jammin’ with the General featured two special guests for entertainment. The first performers of the night were the Ever Mean Evergreens, a group of cloggers from Lebanon. Performers from ages 5 and up tapped their clogs on the square and showed off their moves.  Following the cloggers, The Chessmen performed on the stage.  The Chessmen are a group of 5 men that perform many classic rock songs such as Elvis’ ‘Long Black Limousine’ and Bon Jovi’s ‘Shot Through the Heart.’ The Chessmen inspired much of the crowd to get up and dance throughout the night.

In addition to the performance entertainment, there was shopping to be done on the square as well. Local businesses such as Heaven’Scent kept their doors open late in order to accommodate those who wished to around Lebanon’s Historic Downtown Square.

Also set up on the square was the ongoing community box mural project, which has hopes to be a world record breaking sized community mural. For $3, a member of the community could paint a box that would be added to the mural.

Food was a big hit on the square Thursday with vendors making a big presence at the event.  Big O’s Concession stand, Little Jimmy’s Italian Ices and Level Ground Coffee Shop were sure to keep the crowd well fed throughout the evening. 

This month’s Jammin’ with the general also served as a precursor to the upcoming Wilson County fair. In accordance with this year’s Bumblebee theme, a bumble bee mascot passed out flyers for the fair during the event.  The Wilson County fair will be held August 16 through 24. 

Although Thursday’s Jammin’ with the General event was originally the final one planned for the year, due to the event’s success another will be held this year.  The Chamber of Commerce has already begun planning the entertainment for the fourth Jammin’ with the General event on the square which will be held September 26.

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