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2017 Heritage Festival

L-R: Michelle Dirksen Dahlinghaus, Ashley Muhlenkamp Stachler, Kelli Budde Moody, Amber Alberson Simos, Alma Willis McKibben, Wendy Houser Shuttleworth, Barbara Orr Cross, Ramonda Bryan Fisher

L-R: Michelle Dirksen Dahlinghaus, Kelli Budde Moody, Amber Alberson Simos, Bridget Nixon Yowell, Alma Willis McKibben, Wendy Houser Shuttleworth, Barbara Orr Cross, Ramonda Bryan Fisher

 

L-R: Haley Brandt, Abigail Saxman, Mary Spencer Starr, Nicole VanSkyock Powell, Marisa Brown Moore, Tina Schwieterman Easton, Anna Marie McAbee Orrell, Beth Ninde Brandt, Chris Evans Abernathy, Pam Bowen Burks

L-R: Haley Brandt, Abigail Saxman, Mary Spencer Starr, Nicole VanSkyock Powell, Ashley Muhlenkamp Stachler,  Marisa Brown Moore, Tina Schwieterman Easton, Anna Marie McAbee Orrell, Beth Ninde Brandt, Chris Evans Abernathy, Pam Bowen Burks

 

L-R: Lyla Muhlenkamp, Abby Muhlenkamp, Katie Snyder, Gina Muhlenkamp, Kristie Jacobs Sibray, Andrea Arnold Oswalt, Carol Lingo Bantz, Keri Spradling Brantley, Janice Donathan, Linda Welling Wellman, Shelley Bishop, Bonita Farris Freeman

L-R: Back row: Andrea Arnold Oswalt, Lyla Muhlenkamp, Abby Muhlenkamp, Katie Snyder, Gina Muhlenkamp, Kristie Jacobs Sibray, Front:  Carol Lingo Bantz, Keri Spradling Brantley, Janice Donathan, Linda Welling Wellman, Shelley Bishop, Bonita Farris Freeman

 

The 15th Annual Jay County Heritage Festival will be held on Saturday, September 23rd from 11 to 6 PM and on Sunday, September 24th, from 11 to 4 PM at the Jay County Historical Museum.   Admission to the festival is FREE!  The theme for this year is “A Royal Event-Celebrating Jay County Fair Queens 1962-2017.”  Many of the fair queens from these years are expected to attend the event and will be interviewed on stage.

Exhibits, demonstrations and displays will be held both inside and outside the museum.  Those demonstrations inside the museum will include gun making, weaving, printing, and quilting.  Those outside the building will include a broom maker, rope maker, woodcarvers, stained glass artist, and a blacksmith.  There will be early encampments, a
Civil War encampment, horse drawn wagon rides, and other reenactors.

Many children’s activities and crafts will be provided, also free of charge.  Kids will be able to walk on stilts, roll hoops, make a birdhouse from a gourd, do a leather punching activity, milk a “cow,” and other fun and educational activities.  Kids may also sample the feel of a pioneer school in the one-room school inside the museum.  Vendors of all sorts of homemade craft items will be on the grounds.

This year’s stage entertainment features groups returning from last year, along with new entertainment.  Interviews with fair queens will be interspersed between the musical entertainment on both days.

Parking will once again be available at East Elementary School.  Golf carts will be available both days to transport festival-goers back and forth.  However, golf carts will not be allowed on the festival grounds this years.

We thank the committee members for the time they have spent in planning and preparing for this event.  We also wish to thank the many volunteers who will help before, during, and after the festival.  Without your help and cooperation, an event of this size would not be possible.

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