65th Annual Bluegill Festival – July 9th – 12th, 2015
The 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 an 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.