ANSELMO – Anselmo’s annual Big Sky Jubilee Celebration will kick off Friday, June 17 at 5 p.m. and run through Sunday, June 19, marking the fifty-fifth year of a three-day party as unique as the town that throws it.
The Jubilee’s theme for 2022 centers on its host: “Anselmo – It’s Not for Everybody,” though rest assured, the celebration certainly is. Among the events are a Pitmaster BBQ contest, face painting and balloon arts, turtle races, and axe throwing, as well as a sand volleyball tournament and a high noon tractor pull.
For the wallet-conscious, festival organizer Cindy Hempstead guarantees the price of the Big Sky Jubilee is right. “For the people coming to spend time during the day to watch all these things, we try to make it pretty much a free activity for all these things.”
As always, Family Fun Night opens the weekend at the ballfield at 5 p.m., the “It’s Not for Everybody” parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday. This year, the parade features a new sound system, and lineup will begin at the ballfield. In a return to tradition, it will march down Main Street.
Hempstead credits the vivacity of Anselmo’s youth for the changes in the parade and continuation of the town’s vital tradition: “A big thank you to the young people who have stepped up to come up with new ideas and new ways to help make things happen. We couldn’t have done it without our young group this year.”
Below is a more detailed schedule of the weekend.
Friday, June 17
Free Hot Dog Feed, Face Painting, Balloon Art, Pitmaster BBQ Challenge at 6 p.m., Sweetwater Band 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Main Street.
Saturday, June 18
Pancake Feed at the Fire Hall 8 to 10 a.m., “It’s Not for Everybody” Parade at 11 a.m. down Main Street, Tractor Pull at the Old School Yard at noon, Coed Softball, Axe Throwing, 3 p.m. Scavenger Hunt, Turtle Races, Fireman BBQ and Watermelon Feed at 6 p.m., Street Dance featuring the Sweetwater Band, 9:30 p.m. to12:30 a.m.
Sunday, June 19
Sand Volleyball Tournament, Ranch Rodeo, and 1 p.m. Lunch served on-site by the “Anselmo Women Supporting Vets.”