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 Trunk or Treat, 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.

67th Annual Bluegill Festival – July 14 – 17, 2016

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.

Unlike previous years of following Independence Day weekend, this year the festival takes place on the last weekend of 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.


Medallion Hunt Clues



  1. St. Helen’s most secretive event, we now proudly present Public lands are the stars of our show. Riches eagerly await you; quirky clues will gently bait you Private property, golf course and Airport Just say no. While it is fun that we assign, do draw a line Between behaviors innocuous and those with flaw. Rules to follow – these warnings aren’t hollow Enforced faithfully by the long arm of the law.
  2. You can wander the township any old way though rummaging aimless is no way to travel it may sound odd, but to find where I stay just follow the guidepost to do the unravel
  3. The decision is hard I know you’re frustrated which way to go north, south, and west or east it’s enough to make a person become pixilated start in the middle that should calm you at least
  4. Don’t go it alone when hunting for my lay even competitors can help you achieve your end as you search for me during the heat of the day I’m not in a place that you usually attend
  5. I will give a little hint and this is what I’ll tell “don’t fence me in” might be the song. So listen closely, I don’t want to have to yell. Spotting a fence won’t lead you wrong
  6. There once was a butte, now a new crust dressed in their gear playing for top guerdon hiding from sight as to hide all the dust and running opposite the rising dawn

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