The 17th Annual Heritage Festival will
honor our county as the “ Only JAY in the
USA ” during this year’s event. We will be
celebrating those things that have made Jay
County what we know it as today. The festival
will be held on the museum grounds on Saturday,
September 28, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
and Sunday, September 29, from 11 a.m. to 4
p.m. Admission to the festival is free!
On Saturday, ham and beans will be cooked
in the iron kettle over an open fire. On Sunday,
the kettle will be filled with chili. Foot long hot
dogs (which were first sold at the Indiana State
Fair by Nellie Smith of Redkey), hamburgers,
pie, ice cream, sodas, caramel corn, cotton candy,
and other foods will be available for purchase.
Step back in history as you view museum
displays and watch reenactors. A slide presentation
about the history of the Jay County
Courthouse will be playing inside the museum.
Take a horse and wagon ride around the neighborhood.
Relax and enjoy the musical entertainment
on our stage throughout both days.
Start you Christmas shopping by visiting some
of the many vendors who will be on the
grounds selling their homemade craft items.
As usual, many activities and crafts will be
available for the children in the Kids’ area, including
milking our “cow”. They may also attend
a pioneer school inside the museum. All
of the children’s activities are also free of
Parking will be available at East Elementary
School with golf carts to ferry visitors back and
forth. Some handicapped parking will be available
closer to the museum.
903 E Main St.
Portland, Indiana 47371