Jubilee Days Celebration Is On!

Judy Kramer
County Reporter
Jubilee Days will take place in Warsaw as scheduled June 5-8, with some changes in location to ensure public safety in the event that there is high water at Drake Harbor. The Corps of Engineers, City of Warsaw and Jubilee Days Committee met early Monday morning to discuss the flooding on Truman Lake and potential for rising water on the Osage River, and decided to move the location of various events further inland to be “on the safe side.” 
The Carnival will be moved to three sides of the square on Van Buren, Washington and Commercial. Main Street will be left open for the parade, bike and turtle races, and craft vendors will be in the Methodist Church parking lot. The Car Show will be in the parking lots along Harrison Street, next to the Community Building, and the Morton Sisters will perform by the Car Show. Drake Harbor will house the Carnival workers and their trailers, and as of Monday, June 3, the boat ramp is open and will remain open as long as the Corps determines it is safe.
Jubilee Day events begin for the public with the 53rd Annual Baby Jubilee Contest on Wednesday, June 5 in the Community Building. Registration begins at 5 PM and the contest begins at 6 PM. There are baby contest categories from 0 to 24 months of age. At 2 PM, Thursday, June 6, the Jubilee Queen and Princess talent presentations will take place at the Community Building, and will be followed by the evening gown presentation and crowning at 7:30 PM. Queen candidates have to have finished anywhere from 9th through 12th grades. Princess candidates are girls age 11-14 who have completed the anywhere from 6th through the 8th grades. The Jubilee Little Miss and Junior Miss Contest will take place Friday, June 7, at 5:30 PM in the Community Building. Little Miss candidates are in pre-kindergarten to 2nd grade, and Junior Misses are 3rd to 5th grade. 
The Jones & Company Carnival will run June 6 and 7 from 6 to 10 PM, June 8 from 12 PM to 4 PM, and June 8 from 5 to 9 PM. Four-hour “All You Can Ride” wristbands are $20. The Company has provided the Jubilee Days Carnival since 2014, and it is always asked to return because of its variety of rides and cleanliness.
Craft tents open at 9 AM on Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8. Food Court opens at 11 AM on June 7, and 9 AM June 8, offering such treats as fried, sweet and barbecued food, corn dog, funnel cake, burgers, cotton candy, lemonade, ice cream and kettle corn. Registration for the 5K Run/1 Mile Walk and packet pickup takes place at Just Teasin’Salon, at 235 W. Washington, from 6 to 8 PM. During the evening of June 7, a free concert featuring Michael Austin will take place on the Big Stage in front of the post office.
Saturday is the biggest day of Jubilee Days starting with registration for 5K Run at the Swinging Bridge, in the Dam Restaurant and Lounge Lot. Parade registration, at Jefferson and Main, is from 7 to 10:30 AM. Turtle Races begin at 9 AM at Main Street and Van Buren. Bike Races will follow immediately afterwards on Main Street. 
Strolling Entertainers begin at 10 AM, and the Jubilee Days Parade starts at 11 AM. Dick Sanford will be Jubilee Grand Marshall. The Car, Truck and Bike Show will begin at 12 PM, on Harrison Street, and has a $25 entry fee. The Karaoke Contest will be in the Community Building, also at 12 PM. Prizes for the Karaoke Contest will range from $100 to $800. The Morton Sisters will perform from 12:30 to 2:30 PM next to the Car Show, and the FFA Petting Zoo will be open from 12 to 5 PM.
A free concert, featuring Fade Stranger, performing music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, will take place on the Big Stage in front of the post office from 8 to 11 PM, Saturday night.
This spectacular event is made possible by the efforts of the Jubilee Day Committee, Board of Directors, members, Event Chairpersons and many advertising sponsors, as well as the Benton County Tourism Corporation.