Jubilee

The Bryan Jubilee is back this year after being canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, with rides, food, music and family fun Thursday to Saturday, June 17-19. The parade begins at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Nothing says summer in Bryan like the annual Jubilee. And after falling victim to the COVID-19 shutdown last year, the three-day Jubilee is back June 17-19 in downtown Bryan.

“We’re looking forward to having something for the community to enjoy again after last year. It’s going to be great to be able to get outside and have fun again,” said Dan Yahraus, executive director of the Bryan Area Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the event.

Amusements rides by Durant Amusements are open Thursday from 5-11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday noon to 11 p.m. The wristband prices and the exact hours for the wristbands have not been finalized yet.

The parade lineup is at the corner of High and Portland streets beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 19, and two bands will be set up at the bandstand on Friday and Saturday evening. Friday’s act is singer-songwriter Tara Renee, a past winner of the Williams County Idol contest, and Saturday’s entertainment is the Chris Shutters Blues Trio.

The theme of this year’s parade is “Bryan Alive,” a nod to resuming summer activities after last year’s pandemic brought so much of the community, and the world, to a temporary halt.

“We’ve had so many phone calls and people asking us if (Jubilee) is a go. So there’s a lot of interest in the community to get back out and enjoy the Jubilee. It’s a Bryan tradition,” Yahraus said.

DAY IN THE PARK

Saturday, June 26, is the Day in the Park, which begins at 11 a.m., with the midway along Newdale Drive in Recreation Park opening at 2 p.m., and concludes at dusk (around 10 p.m.) with the fireworks show.

Day in the Park was not canceled but it was a stripped down version last year, and Yahraus said the amusement rides, the cornhole and softball tournaments and the city band concert (at 7:30 p.m. at the MacDonald-Rupp Ice Arena) are all back this year.

Yahraus said the car show is canceled this year, but there are four different acts playing for free throughout the day at the new Fountain City Amphitheater.

COVID-19 did put a crimp on the chamber’s traditional efforts to raise the $10,000 for the fireworks, and the chamber will continue to accept donations for this year’s, Yahraus said. Make checks out to the chamber and write “fireworks” in the memo line.

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