The 45th Annual Huckleberry Festival in Jay will kick off on Thursday with a Carnival at J.B. Earp Stadium.

Many events are planned for this year all centering around the star of the show - “huckleberries”.

The carnival wrist band nights will start Thursday through Sunday from 6 to10 p.m. Advance tickets can be purchased at Grand Savings Bank for extra savings. One wristband is good for one night of your choice only. Pre-sale of wristbands ends on June 29 at 5 p.m.

On Friday, June 28 from 9 a.m. Until 3 p.m. you can attend the Sports Card Show at Wal-Mart

On Saturday, the day will be full of events beginning with registration for the Huckleberry Run at 6:45 a.m. at JB Earp Stadium with the Huckleberry Run starting at 7:30 a.m.

Car show registration is from 8 a.m. until noon at the court house square. Huckleberry Car Show Award and presentations will be between 1 and 3 p.m.

Registration for the Huckleberry Pie Contest is from 8:30 to 9 a.m. followed by the frog jumping contest at Courtyard Printing located on the west side of the courthouse square. Promoters say participants must bring their own frog. Prizes will be awarded and the jump will start at 9 a.m.

Also at 9 a.m. At the New Youth fields, registration for the mush ball games will be held. A drunk take will be set up at the corner of HWY 59 from 9 a.m. Until 3 p.m and face painting by the Boys and Girls Club will be held at the NE corner of the square.

The Huckleberry Arts & Craft show will be held at the Jay Community Center from 9-5. A fundraiser will be held at that same time for the Jay Varsity Cheer.

The famous Huckleberry Parade will be held downtown at 10 a.m. featuring the Huckleberry royalty. At the same time you can sign up for the turtle derby at the Pizza Hut.

On the courthouse square at 10:30 a.m. You can get free ice cream and huckleberry sauce. The pie auction will start at the same time. Bring your bucks for this one, the pies always sell well and it's always a favorite of the crowd.

At 11 a.m. The Turtle Derby begins at the Pizza Hut and the mush ball tournament will start at the New Youth Fields.

Starting at 10:30 you can eat ice cream & huckleberries and watch the pie auction at the gazebo, all on the courthouse lawn.

The turtle derby will start at 11 a.m. At the pizza hut and Jay American Radio Network and a hotdog eating contest will be happening back on the courthouse lawn.

Hungry for hog meat? The Jay Masonic Lodge, located north of the red light on 5th & Carver will be serving up lunch at noon.

After you've finished that fine meal, you can go to the Delaware County Museum, located on the south side of the square and purchase dessert. A Huckleberry milkshake can be enjoyed starting at noon.

After lunch at 12:30, there's a pie eating contest at Nana's Coffee Cup Cafe and the Gold Fish Swim Battle commences at the new Grand Savings Bank located north of Jay.

At 2 p.m. Arvest's “Carry an Okie” will be held on the courthouse square

The 3-leg race, water balloon toss, egg toss and high heel race will start at 2:30 p.m. sponsored by V&V Drug. Several prizes will be given for the high heel race, that was a huge favorite last year. First prize will be $500, 2nd prize $200, 3rd prize gets $100 and $100 will go to the best dressed. You won't want to miss that one.

Sonic is next on the days agenda with a Root Beer Chug-A-Lug Contest starting at 3 p.m.

New this year is the firefighters kids spray at the Jay City Park at 4 p.m. and live music by Kyle Marney at 4:30 back at the gazebo.

Wrapping up Saturday's festivities will be the Green Country Giggers Light Parade and Fireworks Show at the Lake Eucha Bridge at 10 p.m.

On July 1 you can enjoy Movie in the Park at dusk. Always a favorite event.

On Wednesday, July 4 there will be gospel music by Dylan Hall and Second Shift, Jay's own gospel band, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. at J.B. Earp Stadium before the fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.