TRUFANT — The 34th annual Trufant Jubilee will take place this weekend in honor of a longtime Montcalm County commissioner.
“This year our Jubilee is dedicated to Carl Paepke,” said festival organizer Virginia Christensen.
Paepke of Pierson died April 18 at the age of 86. He was the District 5 commissioner for Montcalm County.
Christensen said the Trufant Jubilee has many new events this year, with the help of lots of volunteers.
New events include the “Stump Chasers” 5K Run/Walk at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, presented by the Trufant Area Chamber of Commerce. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m.
“The race will take you on a slightly challenging course, beginning at the west entrance and parking lot of the Trufant flea market area,” said coordinator Julie Drews. “Then you will travel over country roads and back to the start area. There will be water stations along the route with a light snack also.”
Cost for the run/walk is $18 per person or $60 for a team of four people. Age brackets are 14 and younger, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-45, 46-49, 50-54, 55-59 and 60 and older.
Awards will be presented to the top three male and female winners for each age bracket.
The 5K race will be timed by Hickman Race Services and results will be posted online at playmakers.com.
Other new events this year include a gospel song jubilee at 9:30 a.m. Sunday and a pet show at 2 p.m. Sunday. History books about Trufant have been reprinted and will be available for the public to peruse at the informational booth. The Maple Valley Quilters have made a patriotic quilt which will be raffled off. Tickets for the quilt will be available at the informational booth, Christensen’s Hardware and Maple Valley Market. Proceeds for the quilt will benefit the Maple Valley Complex.
The Trufant Jubilee will officially begin with the queen, pre-teen, prince and princess pageant at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Petersen Park Pavilion. Emily Baird, Tisha Proctor, Lindsay Stevens and Amanda Warner will be vying for the title of queen.
This is Jessica Howey’s fifth year coordinating the pageant. A cover charge of $2 per person is requested at the door. Proceeds will go toward the pageant and festival.
“I would encourage the public to come check it out because the girls just do so well,” Howey said. “They put in a lot of work and practices. The girls have done fundraising this year to help the community for next year’s Jubilee and pageant. It’s just awesome to see how the girls do so well in teamwork and putting the whole thing together.”
Festivities will really get underway Friday with a kiddie parade/golf cart parade at 7 p.m. and the firemen’s parade at 9 p.m. The firemen’s parade will travel the parade route twice — first silent in honor of fallen fire personnel and second with lights and sirens activated. Friday night will conclude with a fireworks show at 10 p.m.
The hospitality tent will be open Friday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The arts and crafts fair will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday
The Trufant firefighters chicken barbecue will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, continuing until all 700 dinners are sold.
The grand parade will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, honoring grand marshals Dennis and Joy Andrews Poulsen of Trufant.
The Poulsens recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They have five sons, six grandchildren, one great-grandson and another great-grandchild set to arrive this fall.
The Poulsens reside on the farm where Dennis was raised. The farm became a centennial farm in 1985 and is being farmed by the fifth generation. They are members of St. Thomas Lutheran Church.
Dennis is a full-blooded Dane and a lifelong resident of Trufant. He served 10 years on the Maple Valley Township Board as a trustee.
Joy serves on the Maple Valley Township Board of Review and the election board and helps with the annual Trufant Jubilee aebleskiver breakfast.
Inflatable games for children will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. A dunk tank will be available at 2 p.m. A kids tractor pull will take place from 3 to 5 p.m.
The hospitality tent will be open Saturday from noon to 1 a.m.
Rescue 20 will serve a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday.
The ninth annual car and bike show will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Main Street (Second Street). Registration is from 8 to 11 a.m. Awards and prizes will be given to the participants’ vote for best of show, the Chamber president’s choice and the grand marshal’s choice. A 50-50 drawing, door prizes and more activities will take place.
A water battle for children will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday while a frog jumping contest is set for 3 p.m.
The hospitality tent will be open Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.
Visit “Trufant Info” on Facebook for more details and a complete schedule of events.