Star Studded Line-Up For 53rd Jubilee Days

Judy Kramer
County Reporter
In a few months, the 53rd Annual Jubilee Days will be celebrated in Warsaw. Pageants will begin with the Baby Contest on June 5th, and major festivities will be Friday and Saturday, June 7-8. The Jubilee Days Committee has been busy preparing for the event that drew 5,000 people last year, and has scheduled two new bands to play in the evenings.
“We like to change the music each year, and have invited Faded Stranger, from Independence, Missouri, to play on Friday night, and Michael Austin for Saturday,” said Jubilee Days Committee president, Chuck Allcorn. “Faded Stranger is a 60’s, 70’s, 80’s Classic Rock Tribute Band that plays everything including Rolling Stones, Cheap Trick, .38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Beatles and Spencer Davis Group. Michael Austin is a Country singer who has recently recorded his first CD entitled ‘Neon Halo,’ in Nashville. Austin is actually a hometown boy who grew up in Cole Turkey Acres, Missouri, and graduated from Warsaw High School in 1987. He is now living in California.”
Faded Stranger is made up of five, seasoned musicians with a vast array and background of musical experience. The band has a passion for playing and bringing its culmination of performing years together to recreate the songs that they used to hear in their high school days.
Michael Austin began singing at a young age and had his first “gig” at age 7. He has served our country in the U.S. Air Force, and was a Deputy Sheriff in San Bernardino, County Sheriff’s Office. He studied opera and appeared on Season 4 of NBC’s “The Voice.” More information about both bands is available on YouTube.
“When we had the Eagles Tribute band last year, there was a crowd of 2,500 to 3,000 people in the street,” said Allcorn. “Friends of mine from Sedalia met up with me, and one of them from Sedalia said that he hadn’t been to Warsaw in a long time and was surprised at the number of people listening to the music.”
Allcorn said that nearly all the same activities and vendors will be returning to Jubilee Days this year including The Jones and Company Carnival, Turtle Races, Bike Races, 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk, Car/Truck/Motorcycle Show, FFA Petting Zoo, Karaoke Contest, Parade, and more. The strolling entertainers will be back too, juggling, walking on stilts and making balloon characters. There will be a new local BBQ vendor, and Allcorn said the Crafters will be moved from the asphalt next to the Community Building, to the grass on the harbor. The asphalt location has caused Crafters to get too hot in the past. Crafters will be open for business on June 7, from 11 AM to 5 PM, and June 8, from 9 AM to 4 PM.
The Carnival has been invited to participate in Jubilee Days since 2014 because of its variety of rides, safety record and terrific job of cleaning up. Some of its rides include the Cobra, Octopus, Tornado, and Express Train.
The first Jubilee Days was held in 1966. The Jubilee Days Committee started out with two Rotary Club, and two Lion’s Club members, plus a secretary, Aunt Alice, who was the aunt of Jab White, publisher of the Benton County Enterprise. This first event offered a donkey softball game, a barbecue on the courthouse lawn and water skiing by an out-of-town celebrity. The following year, a music program was added to the agenda. Parades, beauty pageants, turtle races, and 5K races were added in more recent years.