Jubilee Festival of the Arts 2017 - Page 6

History of the Jubilee Festival of Arts The Jubilee Festival was created in November 1989 to combine business, tourism and fun while showcasing the City of Daphne. The first planning committee selected the name Jubilee Festival due to the Jubilee phenomenon that occurs in Mobile Bay along the Eastern Shore.  The first Jubilee Festival featured an “Antique Alley” down Main Street. Sixty vendor booths filled downtown Daphne featuring antiques, arts and crafts as well as food and entertainment. Antiques are no longer part of the festival, but the Chamber and committee have added several other fun elements over the years. A festival favorite, the Kids Art Park was added in 1999. Children still gather in Centennial Park each year 6 JUBILEE FESTIVAL OF ARTS 2017 to paint their hands on the park fence and enjoy other art projects. This year the festival is taking on a new name, the “Jubilee Festival of Arts” as it embraces the celebration of a much larger range of art forms. The committee has teamed up with the World Food Championships to offer two qualifying cooking competitions. The festival will also include a new Demonstration Stage where our local southern makers can show off their crafts. The Jubilee Festival of Arts has become an Eastern Shore tradition offering fun and excitement for visitors of all ages. The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce is pleased to partner with the City of Daphne to provide this honored event for local residents and visitors.