Liberty Jubilee Set for March 28-29th

LIBERTY, March 6, 2014 - The 29th Annual Liberty Jubilee, a family-style fun festival, is set for Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29th in Downtown Liberty.

Often described as one of the best small town festivals in the State of Texas, the Liberty Jubilee isl held around the historic downtown area on the fourth weekend of March each year. The festival dates back to 1986 when it was designed as part of the Texas Sesquicentennial Celebration. The original event, however, was such a success that the City of Liberty decided to continue holding it each year.

The festival opens at noon on Friday, March 28 with various food vendors, arts and crafts vendors and the Liberty Municipal Library’s book and bake sale. That evening there is a fish fry sponsored by the local Lions Club, a fireworks display, and a street dance. A popular Barbecue Cook- off competition is held each year with teams setting up on Friday afternoon and judging held on Saturday.

The festival is greatly expanded on Saturday, March 29, beginning that morning with a parade featuring costumed children on bicycles, walking their pets or riding on small floats. There is literally something for everyone in the family to see or do throughout the day on Saturday. There are three stages of live entertainment, strolling clowns, children’s games and rides, outdoor recreation section, arts and crafts and, of course, great food.

Deadlines Approaching

Some of the more popular events are booking up fast, and deadlines for these events are rapidly approaching:

BOOK AND BAKE SALE - An annual fundraiser for the Liberty Municipal Library, the Book and Bake Sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and gets underway at noon on Friday and continues all day on Saturday. The Book Sale will be held upstairs -- you can get there by means of the elevator in the foyer. Pat Craig is chairing this part of the event.

The Bake Sale, which will be held in the foyer of the Cultural Center, provides homemade baked goods, frozen casseroles, jams, jellies, and other popular items. Anyone who would like to contribute such food items to the sale may contact Beverly Davis at 936-336-7476. Food items can be dropped off there on Thursday, March 27 or on Friday morning, March 28.

JUBILEE COOK-OFF - This is one of the most popular events each year, and competition is limited to only 20 cooking teams. Spaces are going fast, although the deadline is March 21.

The cooking competition has been one of the highlights of the Jubilee since it was first organized as Texas Sesquicentennial celebration in 1986. Prizes are awarded for Brisket, Ribs, Chef's Choice, Rib Eye Steaks and Margaritas. Cook-off teams will begin setting up on Friday, March 28 and all meats will be tagged and all food items must be inspected before cooking can begin. Complete rules and application forms are available at City Hall.

There will be a number of trophies given in the cook off contest. Judging will be on Saturday, March 29. A list of all rules, entry fees and other information is available through Liberty City Hall or the city's website Fees or $25 per category or $100 for all events. For more information, call Tom Warner or Naomi Herrington at City Hall [936-336-3684]


One of the favorite events in the festival is the photo contest. All entries will be displayed in the Lobby of the Humphreys Cultural Center on Friday and Saturday. Prizes includes Best of Show, which carries a $50 cash award and ribbon; Committee's Choice, ribbon; and first, second and third place ribbons will be awarded in each category. The contest is open to amateur photographers only – all ages. Incidental photo sales will not jeopardize your amateur status. Rules for the contest are as follows: Photographs may be color or black and white. Photographs must not be smaller than 5 x 7 nor larger than 8 x 10

All photographs must be matted. The mat border must not exceed 4” on any side. Mats must be black or white, with only square or rectangle center cut outs. Framed photos will not be accepted. Any photo with the photographer’s name or initials on the front of the photo or mat will be disqualified for judging. Each entry must have the following information on the back: photographer’s name, address, total number of all photos submitted, phone number, category, and title of photo. A $3.00 entry fee must accompany each photo submitted for competition. There is no limit on the number of photos entered. Checks should be made payable to the Liberty Jubilee. Cash should not be sent through the mail.

Entries must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 13. Entries may be hand delivered to 1829 Sam Houston or mailed to the City of Liberty, 1829 Sam Houston, Liberty, TX 77575.
For more information on any of these booths and rental fees, call Liberty City Hall (409-336-3684). Application forms for any event can be requested by mail at 1829 Sam Houston Avenue, Liberty, TX 77575 or downloaded from the City of Liberty's website at


One of the big drawing cards for the festival is the popular "Arts and Crafts Division," which features only handmade items. Dealers come from across Southeast Texas, and limiting the show to only handmade items has made it very popular with visitors who attend the Jubilee. Each 10 x 10-foot booth space is available for rent at $80 each [or $100 if electrical hookup is needed].


The hot food and cool treats served each year at the Jubilee are part of the appeal of the festival, and those booths will be up and running on Friday afternoon and all day on Saturday. Each 10 x 10-foot booth space is available for rent at $80 each [or $100 if electrical hookup is needed].


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