Mechanicsburg began as a restocking station for locomotives during the early 1800’s. Today, the town is an activity packed destination of more than 8,000 people that’s the perfect spot for your next Pennsylvania getaway. The city features a variety of historic buildings such as The Stationmasters House and Union Church, each of which showcases 19th-century architecture and the unique history of the community. Whether you're looking for watersports on Conodoguinet Creek or large-scale community events like Jubilee Day, Mechanicsburg has something for everyone.
Entering its 89th year, Jubilee Day is the longest running one-day street fair on the East Coast, and it will take place June 15 in Downtown Mechanicsburg. The event is also one of the largest one-day events in the region with more than 60,000 attendees annually. It will feature more than 325 vendors, selling everything from toys and games to art and clothing. Families will love the Children's Area which will contain games, rides, petting zoo, and more. The food options will cover the culinary spectrum, and live entertainment will include performers from a variety of genres. We got the opportunity to interview Jaime Perry, Communications & Marketing Manager for the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce, to learn more about this unique celebration.
RAL: How long has the event been running?
JP: This year marks the 89th annual edition.
RAL: How many annual participants do you draw?
JP: Local media estimates between 60,000-70,000 attendees annually.
RAL: What demographic does your event attract? Children? Families? Couples?
JP: We attract all ages at Jubilee Day.
RAL: What makes this event unique?
JP: Jubilee Day is the largest, longest running one-day street fair on the East Coast.
RAL: Take me through the activities of a typical day at the event.
JP: The 89th edition of this event features more than 300 vendors offering food, games, arts & crafts, business information, retail products, amusement rides, and more. There is a Children’s Area with activities including a free petting zoo. Plus, we have a variety of live entertainers on two stages.
RAL: Will there be any guest appearances?
JP: Ross Tucker, former NFL offensive lineman and current national media personality, will make an appearance.
RAL: What dining options will attendees encounter?
JP: Jubilee Day features a variety of food vendors offering a diverse selection of dining options.
RAL: What can an attendee expect to find for local lodging, specifically Bed and Breakfast's or boutique accomidations?
JP: Our area boasts some excellent Bed & Breakfast's, including 30 Timber Road and Pheasant Field Bed and Breakfast, as well as a variety of local hotels and lodging options.
RAL: Are there any lodging specials that are set up specifically for the event?
JP: Yes! Many Mechanicsburg hotels will offer special rates for Jubilee Day vendors and attendees. Just ask!
RAL: What does this event mean to the community?
JP: Tradition. It’s an incredible feeling to attend an event that your parents, grandparents, even great-grandparents, have previously attended.
RAL: Does the event support a particular cause in the community?
JP: Jubilee Day is the primary fundraiser for the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce. The funds are used to present a variety of community, business, and economic development programs throughout the year.
RAL: Why should people come to your event?
JP: There is something for everyone at Jubilee Day! Patrons can enjoy a variety live entertainment as well as food, games, rides, petting zoo, and endless shopping.
For more information about Jubilee Day, please visit the event website.