Chelsea Jubilee: Family fun for 147 years
Thursday, September 05, 2013 11:00 AM
Shine up the tractors and grease up the pigs; the 147th annual Chelsea Jubilee is back this Friday and Saturday at Chelsea Park off State Road 62.
Mildred Botsford enjoys a musical act at the 146th annual Chelsea Jubilee with her friend Virgil Barrett. (Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie)
147th Annual Chelsea Jubilee Schedule
4 to 6 p.m. Indiana Gospel Music Association Southern District
6:30 p.m. Jubilee Revelations Opening Ceremony
7 to 11 p.m. Tommy Day & Cool Country
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saluda Student Reunion
12:30 p.m. Tractor Parade
1 p.m. Cornhole Tourney at West Lot
1 p.m. Kids' games begin including a pedal pull, penny search, sack races, bubble gum contest and "Indiana's Only Swine Rodeo."
5 to 6:45 p.m. Indiana Boots and Jeans Western Dancers
7 to 11 p.m. Gas Money
The celebration is recognized by the Library of Congress as the oldest community reunion in Indiana. It also includes the state's only swine rodeo - an event in which children attempt to catch a greased up hog.
The two-day event will have music, a tractor parade, kids games and the swine rodeo, as well as food, arts and crafts and flea market booths. The 5-acre Chelsea Park has picnic tables, electric hooks-ups, restrooms and a blacktop basketball court that was finished in the spring.
The jubilee officially kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Friday with an opening ceremony.
The Saluda student reunion will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. That same day, the tractor parade will begin at 12:30 p.m., and a cornhole tournament is set for 1 p.m. in the west lot.
Tommy Day & Cool Country will perform from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, while Gas Money will perform 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday.
Parking and admission are free. Alcohol and pets are prohibited.
The tractor parade is in its third year. Entries typically include a wide array of styles and ages, said festival volunteer Dorothy Canada, who added that the participation in the parade has been good since it started.
"I was pleased. I think we had 25 tractors the first time," she said.
Tractors must be in line by noon for the parade, which will take operators around the park twice. Tractors may be displayed throughout the two-day event, but should be out of the park by Saturday at dark.
The swine rodeo is set for Saturday and will include different classes for different ages of children. The goal is to catch the pig in the shortest amount of time.
"That's always a big hit," Canada said.