The 43rd-Annual Jackson’s Mill Jubilee held over the weekend was a soggy one as the remnants of Hurrican Harvey passed through the area. The weather failed to dampen the spirits of those who braved the rain to attend the event.
Debbie Garrett, the president of the Jubilee Committee, noted that while attendance was hurt by the weather on Friday and Saturday, the event bounced back on Sunday with a sizable crowd.
The crowd enjoyed many historical exhibits, including a corn meal grinding demonstration at Blaker’s Mill, a blacksmith shop, and a horse-drawn vehicle exhibit.
History buffs were also treated with three Civil War Skirmishes over the weekend, in addition to the Civil War encampment complete with a field hospital. Re-enactors also memorialized the late Steve Castle, who passed away a few months ago.
Castle was known for portraying Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson at events. He was honored with a tribute featuring a rider-less horse, and 21-gun salute.
Those who came out in spite of the rain where able to shop at over 75 vendors who sold a wide array of West Virginia Artasianal products including jewelry, crafts of all kinds, as well as homemade jams, jellies and sauces.
Garrett noted that vendors did well considering the weather.
Those in attendance did not go hungry because this year’s jubilee featured 15 food vendors. According to Garrett the barbecue chicken sold out, and there were long lines for homemade ice cream, even in the cooler temperatures.
New events also faired well, with youngsters enjoying laser tag and the video game trailer brought by Hillbilly Fun from Summersville.
Garrett also thanked her all-volunteer staff, noting that planning for the yearly event typically takes an entire year and that plans for the 2018 version of the Jackson’s Mill Jubilee began over a month ago.