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***** CANCELED for 2020 *****

Check back for the 50th Jesse James festival schedule for
September 10th, 11th, 16th through the 19th, 2021
in Kearney, Missouri (Directions)
Just 20 min. north of downtown Kansas City

……………………………. Letter from our committee president

To all of our friends, families and community,

We have all been affected in some way by the CORONA-19 virus restrictions placed upon us since this last April, wearing face masks when leaving our homes, staying away from our loved ones, working from home or unfortunately loss of employment.

As we all know, the state, counties and municipalities have all placed social restrictions to help reduce the chances of the virus spread requiring the 6 feet space between each other to the maximum of 250 in mass gatherings at this time.

After careful consideration and much deliberation on this matter, we have determined that to maintain the family fun atmosphere the festival offers every year and still be within the “social distancing” requirement will not be possible. Therefore, it has been decided that in the best interest of those attending the festival and our community the 2020 Jesse James Festival is cancelled for September 2020. We would like to express our appreciation to all for your understanding in the undertaking of this hard decision.

The Jesse James Festival Committee, Inc. is a 501C3 Not for Profit organization consisting of a group of volunteers that donate 12 months their time, labor, resources and finances to coordinate and put on the festival with no outside financing from the City, County or State. The festival literally must pay for itself which includes, security, events, entertainers & performances, carnival, rodeo, derby and insurance for the festival. If contracts are signed with a commitment of payment and the City, County or State make the decision that the event cannot be held, payment must still be made but yet there would be no income to cover those expenses.

However, the 50th Jesse James Festival is scheduled for September 10-11, 16-19, 2021 and we are taking this opportunity to schedule entertainment and making improvements for a bigger and better 50th Jesse James Festival 2021 !


Dan Colt, President


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