Free haircut at Back-to-School Jamboree and mascots visit

September 4, 2015 Vernon G. Smith

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Sept. 4, 2015


INDIANAPOLIS – State Rep. Vernon G. Smith (D-Gary) said King Milan Barber Shop will offer free haircuts again this year at the Back-to-School Jamboree on Saturday, Sept. 12.

In addition, Smith said local mascots, including Ronald McDonald and the Gary South Shore RailCats’ Rusty and Rascal, will be special guests at the Jamboree. They will be available for photographs with children and adults.

The Jamboree will run from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the Indiana University Northwest (I.U. Northwest) Camus.

“King Milan Barber Shop’s free haircuts were a big hit at last year’s Back-to-School Jamboree, so we’re pleased to have King Milan participating again this year,” said Dr. Smith. “We’re also excited to have the Mascots attend the Jamboree. Everyone loves to have their pictures taken with these unique celebrities, especially the children. The Jamboree has so much to offer young people of all ages as we get students excited about the start of a new school year.”

The three-on-three basketball tournament competition will be 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Savannah Hall Gymnasium. Teams should register early to secure a position and to save money on the registration fee. Early registration is still only $30 for each team. On-sight registration will be $45 per team. Application forms can be obtained by visiting the Beautiful Things store at 3570 Village Court in Gary or by calling Dr. Smith at 887-2046.

The annual Jamboree Film Festival will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. inside Savannah Hall Auditorium and a DJ will provide music for dancing from noon – 4 p.m. In addition, there will be a dance contest, a Double Dutch Jump Rope competition, and a video game tournament.

Face-painting, finger-painting, and a drawing contest will keep the younger children active.

Additionally, area agencies will have exhibit booths where literature will be distributed about what those organizations offer students and their families. Booth rentals are available for groups that offer youth services or have products to sell. Smith may be contacted at 887-2046 for more information about booth rentals.