7 Things You Didn’t Know About Mechanicsburg’s Jubilee Day
It’s officially June which means Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania is busy preparing for the largest, longest running, one-day street fair on the east coast (maybe even the country). Yes, we’re talking about Jubilee Day!
On Thursday, June 16, 2016, this fun and festive event will again take place in downtown Mechanicsburg where thousands of people will fill the streets from 10am until 9pm to visit with vendors, play games and of course eat delicious fair food.
If you’re a local, you probably already have the date marked on your calendar and know what you expect at this event, but what you might not know are some of these interesting pieces of history about this massive one-day street fair.
Take a look at these seven things you likely didn’t know about Mechanicsburg’s Jubilee Day – and impress your friends with your trivial knowledge!
1. In 1924, the first Jubilee Day was created to thank local Mechanicsburg residents and surrounding farmers for the previous year’s patronage.
2. The event was originally known as “The Farmers and Merchants Jubilee Day” but then shortened to the “Jubilee Day” we all know today.
3. Though the event was first held in May, it was moved to June because school was out for children and farmers were in the midst of a traditional lull in their springtime workload, meaning a lot more people could attend!
4. On October 10, 1927, the Mechanicsburg Area Chamber of Commerce was established specifically to help plan this annual event year-round.
5. Jubilee Day originally included a strong connection to farming with livestock, farm equipment displays and the judging of chickens, cattle and various foods throughout the event. This agricultural connection gradually faded as commercial development came into the town.
6. There was no Jubilee Day from 1940 to 1945 because of World War II and the need to ration fuel.
7. Jubilee Day is held on a Thursday because it was tradition for Mechanicsburg businesses to close early on a Thursday afternoon as a way of giving their employees time off to compensate for having to work late on Saturday evenings.
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