Almost since it was founded, 181 years ago, the oldest community in Jasper County has held some kind of late summer or fall festival.
The history of the current festival in Sarcoxie, Chief Sarcoxie Days, dates back to just after World War II, according to organizers.
This year’s event started on Thursday and runs through the big day, which is Saturday and all events will be held on the Square in Sarcoxie.
Helen Sageser, one of the organizers of the event, said the music starts at 5 p.m. on Friday at the pavilion, weather permitting. Food booths will be arranged around the Square as well.
Saturday is the big day with a number of events scheduled throughout the day starting with a baby contest at 9 a.m. and leading up to the big Chief Sarcoxie Days parade, slated for 2 p.m. around the square in Sarcoxie.
The music will continue all day on Saturday at the pavilion.
The Chief and Squaw for Chief Sarcoxie Days were crowned on Thursday.
Sageser said these titles are reserved for a man and woman who have contributed significantly to the betterment of Sarcoxie.
Rain is forecast for Thursday and Friday so Sageser said organizers will decide whether to go through with events or hold off.
The forecast is much better for Saturday with sunny skies and a comfortable 74 degrees forecast for the high.