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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.

14th Annual Heritage Festival

2016

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

 

Click on the link below to see pictures from this years festival.

 

 

 

 

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Wind and Rain Don’t Stop Festival! 2015

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On Monday before the 13th Annual Heritage Festival the weather was sunny with temperatures in the 80’s. On Thursday the wind began to blow. On Saturday morning, four large tents, all of the pop-up, and some smaller tents were down. Three hours before the starting time of the festival, several volunteers began lifting the downed tents off the tables and moving tables and chairs into our new addition. The serving line was placed at one end if the room and a make-shift “stage” at the other . Vendors, demonstrators, and crafters found spaces inside the museum on Saturday. On Sunday the sun came out and the vendors, demonstrators and crafters moved to the outdoors. What started as a very grim-looking festival on Saturday turned into one of the biggest and best we have had!

 

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Past Pictures of our Museum and Historical Society Events

Click on the link below to see more pictures of our museum and Historical Society events.

Rebecca James Museum Slideshow

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13th Annual Jay County Heritage Festival 2015

IMG_1628Annual Heritage Festival was held on October 3rd and 4th, 2015. The theme was “Cruise to the Past-Auto Dealerships of Jay County”.   IMG_1629 IMG_1635 IMG_1638 IMG_1640 IMG_1641 IMG_1643 IMG_1679 IMG_1681 IMG_1686 IMG_1689 IMG_1693 IMG_1694 IMG_1695 IMG_1697 IMG_1698 IMG_1699 IMG_1703 IMG_1708 IMG_1709

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“2008 Heritage Festival”

The 2008 Heritage Festival honored Jack Imel, a native of Jay County.  Jack played the marimba, danced and was a producer of the  Lawrence Welk Show on television.

Jack drums on a kitchen stool

Jack drums on a kitchen stool

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2008 Heritage Festival

 

Jack and Norma Imel with buddy Jay Miller onstage 2008

Jack and Norma Imel and their family onstage in 2008

Kids string buttons

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