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Parade, activities set for Jeff Gordon Day in Pittsboro

Jeff Gordon waves to the crowd during driver introductions for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014.(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

PITTSBORO, Ind. (WISH) – Pittsboro is ready for Jeff Gordon.

Thursday is Jeff Gordon Day in Pittsboro, as the town celebrates the last year of racing for their hometown hero. Gordon announced in January this would be his last year before retiring.

There will be a parade and related festivities much of the day Thursday.

Jeff Gordon Day kicks off Thursday morning with registration for a meet and greet with Gordon. 10 fans will be chosen from those who register. Fans can register at the Visit Hendricks County booth in Scamahorn Park from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Festivities begin around 10 a.m. in the park. The band Fonda will perform and there will be activities for kids, including bounce houses and a trampoline. Cars will be on display and there will be merchandise and food available for purchase.

The parade, which will feature Gordon, will go through main street and begins at noon. Around 12:45 p.m., Gordon will be on stage in Scamahorn Park for an awards ceremony.

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