Daytona 500 Party


The Annual Daytona 500 Party is the first Bluegill Festival fundraiser of the year. It takes place in February at the Cedar Inn. Visit the Daytona 500 Party page for more

Gardener’s Gathering

shade garden

The Annual Gardener’s Gathering is one of Bluegill Festival’s popular fundraisers as gardeners and growers come out to swap, sell, and display their products.

Festival Committee


It takes a dedicated Committee and Volunteers to keep this long running annual festival going. Meet our current committee and learn how you can volunteer.

65th Annual Bluegill Festival – July 10th – 13th, 2014

RoscoWeekly6The first Bluegill Festival in St. Helen took place in 1949. Consisting of archery contests, fishing contests, coon dog field trials, a ball game, banquet, and grand parade followed by the crowing of a Bluegill Queen the event has lived on for over 6 decades.
Today the festival takes place on the weekend following Independence Day. It begins with areversefishn opening ceremony on and kid’s parade on Thursday evening as vendors set-up for the action packed weekend. The beverage tent also opens up for business and the carnival rides are up and running.
Friday and Saturday is full of excitement. In addition to the amusement park rides provided by Schmidt Amusements the festival includes crafter demonstrations, live music and entertainment, vendors, kids games, a medallion hunt, and great food. Sunday wraps up with the Grand Parade and Awards Ceremony.
St. Helen is the place to be the weekend after Independence Day. There is something for everyone and tons of fun for you at Exit 222.

Medallion Hunt Clues

One of the exciting activities is the Medallion Hunt. Look for daily clues to the medallion here when the festival kicks off.

For more details and rules click here


Medallion has been found. Congratulations to Jeff Dilley!

1. Welcome all to the start of the Track.
To find me as always will take a knack.
Stay on public land, of the rules be aware.
Start at the nexus it’s only fair

2. I’ve wandered the township hi and low
and the search should keep you on your toes
it may sound odd, but I’m easy to spot
just stay to the side of the marplot.

3. I’ll tell you true as you ponder your start,
a bit of wisdom we’ll just have to impart.
If you’re thinking of doing as Horace said,
you might want to do the opposite thing instead.

4. I see you looking here and there
and I hear you say, “Hey that’s not fair”.
You need to find your way  no doubt
so all you need is the right turnabout

5.The Bluegill Festival is sixty five
an age we are sure to strive.
Yet still we hold our youth with aver
by staying away from visiting the center.

6. Sometimes we need a day or two
to leave behind those things we do.
But the road we travel the road we trolled
lay’s somewhere between the young and the old


Be sure to listen to Q100.3 FM (The only place for Rock and Roll) 
between 8 and 10 every morning for the newest clue!


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