Photo of downtown Nokomis, circa July 2015. (Daniel Kalal/ photo)

NOKOMIS (Heartland Newsfeed) — The 2019 Nokomis Homecoming is quickly coming upon us with not much time left to purchase advance tickets for the carnival during the event Friday through Sunday, July 12-14.

Advance tickets will be available at Kroger, First National Bank of Nokomis and Nokomis Savings Bank beginning Monday, July 1 with a very limited sales window, as advance sales will close at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 12. Tickets come in a bundle of 24 for $20. Packets and individual tickets will also be available for sale throughout the weekend.

Food and craft vendors will be on site all weekend.

The annual Homecoming Parade will kick off Saturday, July 13 at 6:00 p.m., starting from Fred B. Johnson Memorial Park and ending at Nokomis Junior/Senior High School. Parade lineup begins at 4:45 p.m. with float judging at 5:15.

Voting in the annual Cutest Baby contest has been underway since Tuesday and will continue until July 10. Voting boxes are available at First National Bank of Nokomis, Dairy Queen, Sav-Mor Pharmacy, UJ’s Convenience Store, Casey’s General Store and Kroger. Winners will be announced on the south stage July 12 at 6:00 p.m.

The Nokomis Homecoming Association is seeking donations for the fireworks show taking place Sunday night, July 14 at dusk. Contributions can be made out to the Nokomis Fireworks Fund c/o First National Bank of Nokomis or cash donations can be dropped off at the bank.

The Homecoming Association would like everyone to take note of the “No Parking” signs around Fred B. Johnson Memorial Park and along the parade route (until after the parade ends), because tickets will be issued by the Nokomis Police Department.

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Jake Leonard, a broadcast media and journalism veteran, is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed. Leonard is also GM and program director of Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network and a contributing writer for My Sports Vote, Ambush Sports and Midwest Sports Network. He resides at home in Nokomis, Ill. with his dogs Sparky and Buster.

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