Jubilee comes to Y this weekend

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Tunes, tractors, tasty treats and much, much more will be on tap for Watermelon Jubilee attendees this weekend.

Amanda Phillips, director of the Greenville YMCA, the major sponsor for the event, says the staff has been &uot;very, very busy&uot; getting ready for the arts and crafts festival, scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday, August 12 and 13, on fabled Watermelon Hill.

&uot;We are really looking forward to a great weekend at Jubilee,&uot; Phillips said.

The entertainment lineup has been confirmed, with Neal and Faith Braden headlining the weekend.

&uot;Neal and Faith performed for us last year, and all the vendors commented on how much they enjoyed the music. I don’t know why Faith isn’t in Nashville – she has such a great voice,&uot; Phillips said.

Joining the Bradens on the entertainment roster will be vocalist Holley Matthews, gospel bluegrass group Southern Comfort and several other performers, the Y director said.

Pony rides, a rock climbing wall and other activities will be provided for the small fry, and attendees of all ages can enjoy a vintage tractor display on the football field, courtesy of Old Time Farm Day.

&uot;We also have arranged for Life Flight to be here. Folks can come and take a look inside the copters and have their photos made with them,&uot; Phillips said.

Local organizations will be on hand to raise funds and help keep everyone healthy and happy.

L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital’s booth will offer free health screenings such as blood pressure checks and bottled water to keep thirsts at bay.

The Greenville High Band Boosters will serve their fine &uot;vittles&uot; to raise funds for the school’s band students.

As always, arts and crafts, including jewelry, ceramics, candles, hand-painted clothing, original art and wood crafts, will be offered. Hungry attendees can enjoy a variety of festival food such as hot dogs, burgers, funnel cakes, barbecue, cotton candy and much more – including those delicious, free slices of ripe, juicy watermelon.

Jubilee runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for children. Free tram service will be available to take festival-goers to and from Watermelon Hill both days, Phillips said.

&uot;We hope lots of people will come out and enjoy a great weekend with us.&uot;

For more info, contact the Greenville Y at 382-0550.