The granddaddy of all Courierarea festivals kicked off Friday night in Chelsea and continues throughout today.

This year's Chelsea Jubilee is the 147th get-together for the folks from the Saluda Township area.

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.

There are few visible remnants of the horrific tornado that ripped through the area two years ago, but area residents are mindful of the blessing that not more people were killed or injured.

That tragedy showed us the tight bond among the families living in the Saluda area. We'll again see that bond

The jubilee is held at the Saluda Township Park on S.R. 62 in Chelsea.

The Jubilee has traditionally been held on the first weekend in September since it began way back in the 1860s.

Historians say the jubilee was a celebration after the area's farmers had completed their harvest. They wanted to give thanks to the Creator for the blessings and afford a chance for recreation "desirable to the wearied mind and body."

To this day, a trip to the Jubilee remains good for the wearied mind and body. Everything from arts and crafts booths, good food, toe-stompin' music and activities for the kids makes one forget about those everyday trials and tribulations.

Think all summer festivals are alike? You haven't been to Chelsea.

The Jubilee provides perfect family entertainment in a beautiful setting at the Saluda Township Park.

There is no admission or parking charge and all the entertainment is free. The only place to spend money is at one of the concessions booths run by local churches and organizations. For many of those organizations, the Jubilee is the major fund-raising event of the year.