(2011 Courier file photos)
(2011 Courier file photos)
Indiana's oldest jubilee celebrates a long history of music, entertainment, contests and years of memories during two days of events.

The 146th Chelsea Jubilee will begin with music at 4 p.m. Friday before the opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the Saluda Township Park. The opening ceremony will feature a flag presentation, the national anthem and a sounding of horns by children. Other music and entertainment will continue throughout the evening, along with arts and crafts and games.

Tractor events will begin Saturday, but operators may begin the display Friday, said Dorothy Canada, a Chelsea Jubilee organizer. A tractor parade will begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, and tractors must be in line by noon. The parade will take operators around the park twice, Canada said. Tractors may be displayed throughout the two-day event, but should be out of the park by Saturday at dark.

Saturday's activities will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the Saluda student reunion at the park.

"They kind of congregate (in one area)," Canada said. "It's a good get-together time."

Kids' games will begin at 1 p.m. featuring pedal pulls, a penny search, sack races, bubble gum blowing and water balloon contests.

"It's a fun thing," Canada said of the activities for children.

The contest participation continued to increase each year, and most of the activities are broken into age or height categories.

Food will be available for purchase from area groups during the festival to help the organizations throughout the year, she said.

The Chelsea Jubilee is listed as one of 25 Library of Congress Local Legacies Project events in Indiana celebrating and representing traditional community life and what makes areas across the United States unique.


4 to 6 p.m. Indiana Gospel Music Association Southern District

6:30 p.m. Jubilee Revelations opening ceremony

7 to 11 p.m. Country Outlaws


11:30 to 1 p.m. Saluda student reunion

12:30 p.m. Tractor parade

1 p.m. Corn hole tourney

1 p.m. Games for children including a pedal pull, penny search, sack races and bubble gum contest

1 p.m. Swine Rodeo

4 to 5 p.m. New Bethel Church Praise Team

5 to 6:45 p.m. Indiana Boots and Jeans Western Dancers

7 to 11 p.m. Tommy Day and Cool Country