Daytona 500 Party


The Annual Daytona 500 Party is the first Bluegill Festival fundraiser of the year. It takes place in February at the Firehouse. 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.

69th Annual Bluegill Festival – June 14 – 16, 2018

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 June.  It begins with areversefishn opening ceremony 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 June. There is something for everyone and tons of fun for you at Exit 222.




1. Welcome to the 68th annual St. Helen Bluegill Festival and to our Hollywood Themed Medallion Hunt. Let”s get the adventure started! Courteney Vance played Doc and made the point “We’ve been up that hilltop times, and they still don’t think we’re serious.” Well we know that you are serious and you intend to move on.

2. So you have begun your treasure hunt so “Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape.” George Taylor knew he had to get moving just as you do because if you hang around someone else will find the prize!

3. “The thing that turned me around was the death of Flipper, of Cathy. She was really depressed.” Could it be that Cathy’s depression was because of her choice of direcrion? Turn around and get back on the right path.

4. “You’re killing me, Smalls!” Move on and quit wasting your time!

5. In the wise words of Patton, “Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb basted die for his country.” But we do lose some and we must always remember them for their sacrifice. Take a moment and remember then gather up your prize.


1. Participants must purchase a Bluegill Button before looking for the medallion.

2. Clues will be posted online and can also be obtained at the following locations: The Richfield Township Hall, The Township Park Building, The Hen House Restaurant, The Marathon Station, St. Helen Hardware, Suds of St Helen, and BS Liquor by 10 am each day.

3. Whomever finds the medallion must report the find immediately (as soon as possible) to 989-633-1400.

4. The finder must bring the medallion to the location specified by the Committee Member who answers the phone to verify the find.

5. A check for the $300 prize money will be made out to the finder and presented at the awards ceremony on Sunday around 3 pm which is the last day of the festivalue in the park pavilion. The medallion must be returned to the Committee in exchange for the prize money.

Note: The Medallion will only be hidden on public land. Members of the Bluegill Festival Committee are not aware of where the medallion is hidden. The President hides the Medallion and writes the clues which are made known to everyone the day they are released.

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