It's Jubilee time and that means drillers from all across the United States are heading for Myrtle Beach, S.C., for the South Atlantic Well Drillers Jubilee, held July 27-30.

It's South Atlantic Jubilee time and that means drillers from all across the United States are heading for Myrtle Beach, S.C., for the South Atlantic Well Drillers Jubilee. Beginning on July 27, there will be four days of continuing education classes, demonstrations and exhibits designed for professionals who are involved in the well drilling industry.

The Jubilee began in 1955. In the early years, it primarily was a social occasion with just a few exhibits. Gradually, however, the Jubilee evolved into a first-class industry event that caters to well drillers and their families. In spite of major changes, the founders of the Jubilee were determined to maintain the casual, beach-side, family-oriented atmosphere, and that tradition is still firmly in place. In keeping with that desire, the Jubilee continues with the traditional. Participants can always look forward to the Monday night free "picnic" (although it's now inside), a horseshoe tournament and a golf outing. In addition, Amtrol and Noland provide breakfast for everyone on Monday and Tuesday just before the trade show opens.

While the relaxed atmosphere remains, one important change is the growing number of class sessions held during the conference portion of the event. This year there are more than 25 class offerings. The schedule, while extensive, is designed to accommodate intense interest in the Jubilee's main feature -- the two-day trade show. Classes begin on Sunday, the 27th, and are concentrated into the two days immediately before the show. The trade show is open on the 29th and 30th. Classes on those days do not begin until the show closes at 3 p.m.

Year after year, families return to the Jubilee. It's not unusual to find three or four generations attending together. Many adults who come to the Jubilee remember attending for the first time in a stroller! In fact, to recognize the family-oriented nature of the industry, the Jubilee created a "Wall of Honor," which displays both old and new pictures of drilling families and their operations. Any drilling family who attends the Jubilee is welcome to submit pictures of their company for display on the wall. It's our way of honoring the hard-working people who are the industry.

If you haven't been to the Jubilee, you are missing a wonderful opportunity. Myrtle Beach is the perfect location for a conference and trade show. The trade show fills the enormous Myrtle Beach Convention Center exhibit hall. The education agenda is full of classes designed to give information that promotes professional development. And, when you are ready for a change of pace, there are miles of beaches, restaurants and other attractions to explore. Ask anyone who's attended the Jubilee, and you will find out that the Jubilee is an event you don't want to miss.

For information, call me or Donna Milstead at 540-740-3329; or e-mail