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Heritage Festival 2016

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Heritage Festival

Loretta Reece

JCHS Vocational Television Director

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14th Annual Heritage Festival

The 14th Annual Jay county Heritage Festival will be held form 11-7 on Saturday, September 24, and 11-4 on Sunday, September 25, at the Jay County Historical Museum.   Admission to the festival id FREE!  the theme of this year’s event is “Happy 200th birthday, Indiana!” and will include a celebration of Indiana and its 200 year history.

Exhibits and demonstrations will be held both inside and outside of the museum.  Also, on the museum grounds will be stage entertainment, vendors, wagon rides, reenactors, food, and activities for the children.  There will be something for everyone to enjoy!

Festival Foods

 Saturday-ham and beans $6.00

Sunday-Chicken and noodles $6.00

Other food offered both days are:  hamburgers, foot long hot dogs & Coney Dogs, chips, ice cream, sundaes, floats, pie, caramel corn, cotton candy, coffee, tea, lemonade, coke products, and water.

Schedule of Free Festival Stage Events

Saturday, September 24th

11:00 AM  Opening Ceremony.  Music by Erica Frazee

12:00 PM  Adlee Hedges

1:15 PM  Indiana Square Dancing Group  John Cook, State President

2:45 PM Jay County Community Band  Pete Vogler, Director

3:35 PM Elwood Haynes, Portrayed by Jim Waechter

5:00 PM  The Indiana Ramblers with Steve McDowell

Sunday, September 25th

12:00 PM Opening Ceremony.  Music by Erica Frazee

12:35 PM  Pioneer Days by Jim Waechter

1:30 PM  Big Rivers Johnny Cash Tribute with Paul Vesperry

2:45 PM Harmony Band

Portland Foundation Grant

The Jay County Historical Society is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant in the amount of $3,500 from the Portland Foundation  This money, to be paid from unrestricted funds held by the Foundation, will be used to help defray the cost of entertainment, advertising, kids’ games and crafts, supplies, and miscellaneous expenses of the Heritage Festival.

Another Portland Foundation grant was received earlier this year to purchase tents for the festival, replacing those which were destroyed by strong winds last year.  We sincerely thank the Portland Foundation for these grants, as well as their continued financial support for other projects at the museum.

Museum Hours

Winter is the season when we have fewer visitors at the museum and when volunteers are working to rearrange displays.  This year we will be moving more items into our new addition and renovating other areas.

However, when weather permits, the Jay County Historical Museum will be closed on Mondays.  

The museum is open from Tuesday through Friday at 10 to 4:00 PM. 

Monday and Saturday the museum is open by chance or by appointment.

A new display already in place is about the local Grange.  Stop by and see this in the library showcases.