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

Events All Year Long


Bluegill Festival hosts several other community events and fundraisers throughout the year including, bake sales, Daytona 500 Party, spaghetti dinners and much more!

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.

68th Annual Bluegill Festival – June 15 – 18, 2017

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.

The festival takes place each year in July.  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 pavilion 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 in July. There is something for everyone and tons of fun for you at Exit 222.




Clue #1

We begin this year’s medallion hunt at the heart of the place the Bluegill Festival calls home….downtown St. Helen, MI.  and now as you stand at the crossroads you must determine which way to go.  In the words of Marcus Aurelius “It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live”.  So as you begin your journey death is not an option.

Clue #2

Welcome to the next step in your journey to locate the St. Helen Bluegill Festival Medallion. Again we find ourselves at the crossroads of Downtown St. Helen and must determine the direction toward the treasure. So as you try to determine the path to take remember that as the Old Chinese Proverb states “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” but today is not the day to fish for someone else may beat you to the treasure.

Clue #3

It was always a great time to listen to Abbot and Costello back in the day as they discussed the players of the team…”Who’s on First, What’s on second, and I Don’t Know’s on third.” As you reminisce in laughter at this age old comedy know that the prize of the game is not a medallion so perhaps your focus should be on less play and more searching.

Clue #4

German-American journalist, satirist, cultural critic and scholar of American English H.L. Mencken once said “Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.” Without a doubt this statement of the government rings true today and is one reason our Grand parade is themed “Vote Red, White, and Bluegill” so perhaps as you travel toward the voting booth our wonderful Bluegill may be as good of a candidate as any!


Now that you appear to be on the right path I share a quote by Edward Abbey, an American author and essayist noted for his advocacy of environmental issues, criticism of public land policies, and anarchist political views who stated ” A Patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” We know many Patriots right here in St. Helen that stood up against all odds when the government said no and they did the impossible. Are you the Patriot that will find the treasure as you meander the accomplishments of “The Little Town That Could?” This is the town forged in Pine and oak and has stood the test of time.

Clue #6

So this clue was unplanned as I thought for certain everyone would be fighting to pick up the prize. But today must be the day to claim the cash so open your eyes and pay better attention. You have been led to the place of the Patriot’s…to the place of the prize so get your mind in the game and away from swinging and sailing for it is right there just beyond the fence line. Do you feel stumped yet? Look down it’s right there!!!

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