Summer Jubilee marks its 10th year in Waynesboro

July 04, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH


The Fourth of July activities in Waynesboro today start with a Firecracker and end with fireworks in an all-day festival marking its 10th year.

The Summer Jubilee, in the field across from Waynesboro Hospital, kicks off with the 8:30 a.m. start of the Firecracker 5K run and concludes with the fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.

In between, the day promises supervised children's activities, a 30-vendor craft show, live bands and contests.

"It's a typical, small-community American event," Dr. Joseph Stewart of the organizing committee said.

The 10:30 a.m. parade on Main Street, sponsored by the Brothers of the Brush, caters to crowds on the sidewalks.

Many people travel to the field from there, Stewart said. Last year, the largest crowd on record, had more than 2,000 people at the events during the day and as many as 4,000 at the fireworks, he said.


"The fireworks bring out so many people," Stewart said. "All those fields there are filled with blankets and chairs."

The display is supported by donations made as volunteers pass buckets around the crowd, he said.

New this year are the inflatable games Candy Land and Jurassic Adventure and giant shark slide, Stewart said.

"We're having the helicopter return, and we're going to have helicopter rides around Waynesboro," Stewart said.

The helicopter first joined Summer Jubilee in 2005 with a two-seat model. The helicopter this year will seat three people with a fee of $30 a person, he said.

At 6:45 p.m., $100 will be awarded to the person who can eat a cherry pie the fastest.

"It brings out a lot of laughs. (Participants) put their hands behind their back and have to eat a pie without their hands," Stewart said.

Teresa Rea of Waynesboro started making 20 pies at 2 a.m. Monday for the contest, then rejected two she deemed failures.

"This is the only time I make pies all year," she said.

Registration for the contest, open to ages 16 and older, is on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the day.

However, participants for the money machine will be chosen by raffle. The 8 p.m. contest has $1,000 available to be grabbed in 30 seconds.

Summer Jubilee boasts a number of food vendors, including one that serves Thai food. Bands performing during the day are Boweevil & Rottin' Cottin', Twin Hill Express and Shiloh Ridge Band. Rainbow Gymnastics and the Waynesboro Children's Theatre Troupe also are tapped for performances.

Summer Jubilee is part of WaynesboroFest 2006, a 10-day celebration of the community's heritage. WaynesboroFest, a triennial event, runs through July 9.

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