From the Archive: WellsFest

September 26, 2018

WellsFest is Jackson's first and longest-running festival.  What began as a small church-sponsored afternoon of music 35 years ago is now one of Jackson’s major fall festival events with top musical talent on two stages and a fun-filled day of family activity.  The festival was established in 1984 by Wells United Methodist Church as a gift to the community with three goals: 

  • To help a deserving local service organization;

  • To provide a music festival where people can have fun and enjoy good music in an alcohol-free and drug-free environment;

  • To show God’s love can bring this community together in support of a worthy cause.

Since WellsFest began 35 years ago, it has raised nearly $1.5 million for local non-profit agencies. Although the festival is organized and put on by Wells Church with community volunteers, all proceeds go to a local beneficiary determined annually.  Join the fun on the last Saturday of September at Jamie Fowler Boyll Park.


We are sharing photos from our September 2008 issue, showcasing the first twenty-five years of WellsFest! Photos by Greg Campbell.





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