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Hometown Shopping: Sports & Recreation

Effingham has some of the most unique shopping around for sports and recreation enthusiasts! This week we’ll take a peek at some of the most popular hometown shopping spots for sports lovers of all kinds.

If you love the outdoors, Drave’s Archery surely has something for you. Drave’s supplies all kinds of hunting gear, like bows and arrows, gun accessories, targets, blinds, trail cameras, tree stands and more. If you prefer to be on the water, they provide plenty of fishing and kayaking supplies as well. Camping gear, including coolers, backpacks and chairs, among other items, are also popular sellers. For contact information and a full list of merchandise, visit their website.

Bike & Hike, located in Downtown Effingham, is the perfect spot for all your biking needs. They have a wide selection of wheeled toys for people of all ages, including mountain biking, road cycling, BMX and even skateboards. Bike & Hike also offers repair services, including tune-ups, installations and adjustments, and is associated with several local rides and clubs for customers to join. Check out their website for a complete list of products and services.

Also situated in Downtown Effingham, Baseball Card Connection is your go-to for any and all sports memorabilia and collectibles, including baseball, basketball, football and more. Cards, signs, chairs, clothing and accessories, banners, posters, balls, bobble heads: you name it, they have it! They also offer baseball uniforms and accessories for those that enjoy playing the game as much as they enjoy watching it. While baseball may be the store’s main focal point, Baseball Card Connection boasts a huge variety of collectors cards, even Star Wars and Pokemon! Visit their store or search “Baseball Card Connection” on Facebook to see what kind of gems you might be able to find!

It’s a Bluegrass Bash


The festivities have begun! Today and tomorrow, Tuscan Hills Winery will be hosting Grapevine Bluegrass Festival, an event celebrating one of the few true American musical forms. Enjoy live performances, food and drinks, vendors and more! See the schedule below for show times:

Saturday, August 29

  • 3:30 p.m.- Firebox
  • 5:30 p.m.- Chain Station
  • 7:30 p.m.- The Karl Schiflett & Big Country Show
  • 9:30 p.m.- Henhouse Prowlers

Sunday, August 30

  • 12:00 p.m.- Firebox
  • 1:30 p.m.- Chain Station
  • 3:00 p.m.- Run Boy Run
  • 4:30 p.m.- The Karl Schiflett & Big Country Show

Tickets are being sold at the gate and cost $25 for one day or $35 for a weekend pass. Children 15 and under are free with a paying adult. Camping is available on site, or take advantage of the free shuttle service that will run every hour until midnight tonight. The route will make stops at Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Lexington Inn & Suites and the courthouse downtown and will then head back to the event. Bring the family and some lawn chairs to enjoy this one-of-a-kind event right here in Effingham!

Been There, Conquered That!


Walk, run, climb, carry, crawl, jump, roll, slide, wade, swim–whatever it takes! The third annual Big Earl’s Extreme Race takes place tomorrow in Watson. As a three-mile mud run with over fifteen challenging obstacles, Big Earl’s has become a popular area race for all, from coach potatoes to marathon runners. Waves run every fifteen minutes from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., and awards will be given to the top male and female participants.

All proceeds from the race will be donated to Ag in the Classroom, a program dedicated to incorporating food, nutrition, fiber and fuel into daily Effingham County classroom lessons and educating students on the role of agriculture in their lives.

If you don’t get the chance to participate this year, no worries! Spectators are welcome, and parking is free. Bring your lawn chairs to cheer on the runners as they trek through the course. Soda, water, beer and food will be available for purchase. Whether you’re racing or not, Big Earl’s Extreme Race is sure to be a fun, memorable time for all, benefiting a great cause. For more information on this event, visit their website.

Good luck to all 2015 participants, and don’t forget to boast, “Been there, conquered that!”

Only 3 Days Left!


Shake-ups, rides and entertainment are all waiting for you! If you haven’t had the chance to yet, make your way to the Effingham County Fairgrounds in Altamont for the final days of the Effingham County Fair. Bring the whole family to enjoy fabulous fair food, games, animals and more!

Today the main arena will host harness racing at 1:00 p.m. and a rodeo at 7:30 p.m. It’s also armband night at the fair! The midway opens at 6:00 p.m., and armbands will cost $20 for unlimited rides. Local bluegrass heroes, Firebox, will perform on the free stage from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.

The festivities continue tomorrow with thoroughbred and quarter horse racing at noon, and the midway will open at 5:00 p.m. at regular prices. Then purchase your tickets for the evening entertainment, featuring opening act Broseph E. Lee at 7:00 p.m., followed by The Voice‘s seventh season winner, Craig Wayne Boyd, at 8:00 p.m. on the main stage. Highway 15 will also be performing at 8:00 p.m. on the free stage.

On Saturday, the midway will open at 1:00 p.m., and Rob Thompson will be performing his magic act throughout the day on the free stage. At 2:00 p.m., enjoy an ATV pull at the main arena, then come back at 6:30 p.m. for the highly anticipated demolition derby and lawnmower soccer.

So if you can, make time to go to the Effingham County Fair. With so much going on, it’s sure to be a great time for all!

Let’s Toast


To the troops! Join Legacy Harley Davidson on the last stretch of their Boot Rally Bar Tour this week to benefit the Shiner Beers and Boot Campaign “Toast our Troops” fund. You’ll be able to enjoy specials on Shiner beers, win prizes and see live musical performances. They’ll also have a bikini bike wash, a burnout pit and loads of good food. 100% of the proceeds will go toward programs that raise money and awareness for wounded military veterans, allowing them to make a smoother transition home.

The Boot Rally Bar Tour will be making a stop at On the Rox in Altamont tomorrow from 6 to 9 p.m. The final stop will be this Saturday at the host’s home turf, the Harley Barn, from 6 to 9 p.m. Stop by for a great time that will support a great cause. Cheers!

Calling All Art-Lovers!


One magical day, one magical night. Synchronizing, amplifying, enjoying the light!

The Creative Link is at it again! Join them at The Stage at Lake Sara tomorrow for the second annual LakeLights Arts and Music Festival: a fun day filled with live music, art demonstrations, workshops, great food, local artisan booths, kids’ activities and more.

The event will kick off with a 5K run/walk at 7 a.m., and doors will open for the festival at 10 a.m. Throughout the day, the Shady Stage will host a number of musical acts, including Steve & Daisy, Jiggy & the Source, Shiva Blast, Steve Boyd & Kevin Luthy, Lance Downs, Blake Hayes, Drew Robinson and Garrett Burris & the Bathtub Hooch Band.

The young ones can enjoy a Kids’ Village until 4 p.m., which will include an art wall, a bounce house, luminaria decorating for Relay for Life, face painting, competitive games, a music group and more.

Day workshops, like basic guitar care, morning yoga, an introduction to improv, hula hooping and community drum circles, will all take place on the Main Stage. Don’t forget to cheer on your favorite participant of the Effminster Dog Show, taking place at 1 p.m. All proceeds from the show will benefit the Effingham County Humane Society. You’ll also be able to browse several vendor booths filled with local artisan goods and foods.

Stay into the evening for more workshops, such as evening yoga and fire poi demonstrations. Head to the Main Stage to see live musical performances by The Thinga-Ma Jug Band, ClusterPluck and headliners Aaron Kamm and the One Drops.

For artists and art-lovers alike, this is an event you won’t want to miss. Tickets are $15 for pre-sale or $20 at the gate; pre-sale tickets can be purchased at Joe Sippers Cafe and Chestnut Family Music in Downtown Effingham. Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult.

For more information on this event, visit their blog. We hope to see you come out and support the local arts!

Taste of Freedom is Here!


The Effingham Central Business Group, an affiliate of the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, invites you to attend the 3rd annual Taste of Freedom Street Festival tomorrow, June 19th, from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. Taste of Freedom is expected to attract more than 1,000 attendees over the course of the evening, raising funds for two local organizations: Helen Matthes Library and the Effingham Veteran’s Memorial.

The festival is held in the heart of Effingham’s downtown on Jefferson Avenue, which is transformed into an open-air market with vendor booths lining the sidewalks. The downtown streets are blocked off to vehicle traffic during the event. Effingham restaurants, boutiques, and community organizations set up outside booths and offer attendees food and/or refreshment samples for a nominal fee.

In addition to delicious food and refreshments, the festival features after-hours shopping at downtown businesses, live music by the Jed Adams Band and Nashville recording artist Beth Beighey, a fitness obstacle course challenge, kids’ activities, a live art display, and the Taste of Freedom Cruise-In and special interest car displays.

You won’t want to miss this fun event for a great cause. We’ll see you there!