As part of the Music Fest and Huckleberry Festival, the RFC Center will be the site for two nights of fireworks - at 9:30 p.m., on Saturday, July 1, just prior to the Dead Metal Society concert, and at 9:30 p.m., on Tuesday, July 4, following the free gospel sing - which gets underway at 6 p.m.
Jay Chamber President Becki Farley said organizers - including those responsible for shooting the fireworks off - wanted to try moving both the fireworks and carnival out of downtown Jay, to the RFC Center.
"It gives us more space to spread out," Farley said. "It's a win-win situation. We want everything to be bigger, better and safer."
Farley said moving the fireworks outside of the residential area, should allow the displays to grow in size.
While the fireworks on Saturday night are connected with the paid-admission concert, Tuesday's display and gospel sing will remain free and open to the general public.
"We're trying something new, if it doesn't work, we'll try something else," Farley said.
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Schedule of events
• Friday, June 23
Screen on the Green
Volunteers with the City of Jay will host a Screen on the Green, as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Huckleberry Festival, at approximately 9 a.m., Friday, June 23, on the Courthouse Lawn in Jay.
Organizers plan to show Beauty and the Beast (the newest version). The event is free, with popcorn sponsored by Arvest Bank. Persons interested may bring their own lawn chairs and blanket. No alcoholic beverages are allowed.
Concessions will be offered as a fundraiser by the Naturals Softball Team, in order to help fund their trip to the Softball Nationals.
• Friday and Saturday, June 23 & 24
Miss Huckleberry Pageant
The 50th Huckleberry pageant, will be split into two days this year, with both taking place at Bulldog Arena.
On Friday, June 23, girls ages birth to 12, will compete for multiple titles including: Baby Miss (0 to 11 months), Toddler Miss (12 to 23 months), Teeny Miss (2 to 3 years), Tiny Miss (4 to 5 years), Little Miss (6 to 7 years), Junior Miss (8 to 9) and Huckleberry Princess (10 to 12).
Doors will open for that pageant at 6 p.m., with the event beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for students.
The following day, on Saturday, June 24, participants will compete for the Miss Huckleberry and Miss Huckleberry's Outstanding Teen, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission will be charged.
For more information, persons interested may contact Brooke Hester at at 918-964-1618 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Friday, June 30 to Tuesday, July 4
50th Annual Huckleberry Festival
The 50th Annual Huckleberry Festival will take place from Friday, June 30, to Tuesday, July 4, in Jay.
The event begins with the carnival, at the RFC Pavilion Parking Lot on Friday, June 30 and Saturday to Tuesday, July 4. Wristband nights will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Wristbands are $20 in advance and $25 at the box office. Pre-sale wristbands are good for one evening, and are available at Grand Savings Bank and Arvest Bank through 5 p.m. Friday, June 30.
The weekend will also include the RFC Music Fest, from 6 p.m. to Midnight on Friday, and 2 p.m. to midnight on Saturday. Advance tickets are $30, with day of show tickets at $35.
Saturday, July 1 is filled with a variety of activities including:
• all day - Shopping cart bingo, Homeland Grocery Store;
• 6 a.m. - Huckleberry Run registration, J.B. Earp Stadium;
• 7 to 11 a.m. - Pancake Breakfast, Senior Citizens building;
• 7:30 a.m. - Huckleberry Run, J.B. Earp Stadium;
• 8 a.m. to noon - Huckleberry Car Show registration, Courthouse square;
• 8:30 to 9 a.m. - Huckleberry Pie Contest registration, Mariee Wallace Museum; Frog Jump registration, DC Friendship Home.
• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Huckleberry Arts & Crafts, Community Center;
• 9 a.m. - Huckleberry Pie Contest, Mariee Wallace Museum; Frog Jump, DC Friendship Homes;
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Gunny Sack Races, McDonalds.
• 10 a.m. - Huckleberry Parade, Main Street, Downtown Jay: Turtle Derby Registration, Pizza Hut;
• 10:30 a.m. - Ice Cream & Huckleberry, Grand River Abstract; Pie Auction, Courthouse Square;
• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Hamburgers and Hot Dogs, Senior Citizens Building;
• 11 a.m. - Huckleberry Milkshakes, Mariee Wallace Museum;
• 11 a.m. - Huckleberry Jam, Community Center Lawn:
• 11:15 a.m. - 34th Annual Turtle Derby, Pizza Hut:
• Noon - Hog Fry, Jay Masonic Lodge;
• 12:30 p.m. - GSB’s Digging for Worms, Grand Savings Bank.
• 1 p.m. - Hot Dog Eating Contest, Joe’s Y Store
• 2 p.m. - Arvest Carry an Okie, RFC Pavilion Parking Lot
• 2:30 p.m. - Horse Shoe Tournament, RFC Main Outdoor Stage (Music Festival Participants Only)
• 3 p.m. - Root Beer Chug-A-Lug Contest, Sonic:
• 4 p.m. - Firefighter Kids Spray, Jay City Park:
• 9 p.m. - Fireworks, RFC Main Outdoor Stage.
On Sunday, July 2, an arts and crafts show will take place from noon to 5 p.m., at the Jay Community Center.
At 9:30 p.m., Monday, July 3, the Green Country Giggers will host a parade and fireworks show at the Lake Eucha Bridge.
Events on Tuesday, July 4, include the free country and gospel music show at the RFC Center from 6 to 9:30 p.m., with fireworks concluding at 9:30 p.m.
For more information, persons interested may call the Jay Chamber of Commerce office at 918-253-8698.