The 51st Annual Jour de Fete festival in Ste. Genevieve is scheduled Saturday and Sunday, returning with the crafts, music, performances and refreshments that has made it a staple of the area’s fair and festival season.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. A shuttle will be available for a fee on both days, running from Eric Scott Leather at 980 Rozier Street to the craft fair. The shuttle will run from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Sunday.

The festival will kick off with opening ceremonies at the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center at 10 a.m. on Saturday with performances by the Petite Chanteurs (Little Singers of Ste. Genevieve), the Ste. Genevieve German Band, the recognition of two Project Pioneer families and a demonstration by the Ste. Genevieve Militia.

Sporting one of the area’s best arts and craft fairs, the Jour de Fete will feature such items as handmade jewelry, upcycled antiques, garden ornaments and handmade flutes. In terms of refreshments, there will be old-fashioned ice cream, micro-brewed beer, grilled burgers and kettle corn.

The Ste. Genevieve French Militia will demonstrate colonial military skills near the Shaw House on Second Street and the World Bird Sanctuary will have birds of prey on display in the backyard of the Felix Valle State Historic Site. Live music will be performed at various beer gardens and pubs throughout the weekend.

On Sunday, the Knights of Columbus Hall on Market Street will be the site of the “All Gas-Powered Vehicles” show, with live music and fried chicken dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Maps of the area will also be available at the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center. For more information about Ste. Genevieve visit

Jacob Scott is a reporter with the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616 or at


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