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4th of July Activities

Effingham is bustling with activities this Independence Day!

Lake Sara will host their annual fireworks display on July 3rd at dusk. Whether you watch from a boat or a backyard, it’s sure to be a good time for all.

Then, start off the 4th with the kiddos at Ballard Nature Center for scavenger hunts, history and self-guided games. Come anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for some daytime fun.

Head over to The Hall, formerly Knights of Columbus Hall, for their annual 4th of July Parking Lot Party! It’s the perfect place to celebrate the holiday and watch the fireworks. Join them at 3 p.m. for good food and cold drinks. Live music with no cover charge starts at 5 p.m. with Old Crows Young Cardinals, followed by Matt Poss Band at 8 p.m.

Fireworks, sponsored by Effingham Noon Rotary, will take place at 9 p.m. at the Effingham High School Sports Complex. Don’t miss it!

Have a fun and safe 4th!



Moccasin Creek Festival Starts Tomorrow!

Don’t miss the 4th annual Moccasin Creek Festival this Friday through Sunday at The Stage at Lake Sara! Enjoy live Americana musical performances, merchandise, kids’ activities, food and drinks all weekend. This family-friendly festival provides a fun opportunity for music lovers of all ages to spend some time outdoors while hearing great local and nationally recognized performers.


The schedule for the weekend is as follows:

Friday, June 23

  • 2:00 p.m.- Steve Clark
  • 3:00p.m.- Thingama-Jug Band
  • 4:00 p.m.- Way Down Wanderers
  • 5:30 p.m.- Chicago Farmer
  • 6:30 p.m.- Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys
  • 7:45 p.m.- Steve Poltz
  • 9:00 p.m.- James McMurty
  • 10:45 p.m.- Matt Poss Band

Saturday, June 24

  • 11:00 a.m.- Mr. Pancake (kids show)
  • 11:45 a.m.- Taylor Steele
  • 12:45 p.m.- LP & the Honeybee
  • 1:45 p.m.- Bill Poss
  • 2:00 p.m.- Edward David Anderson
  • 3:00 p.m.- Paper Moon Shiners
  • 4:00 p.m.- The Howlin’ Brothers
  • 5:30 p.m.-Greg Klyma
  • 6:30 p.m.- Chain Station
  • 7:45 p.m.- Ray Wylie Hubbard
  • 9:15 p.m.- Billy Strings
  • 10:30 p.m.- The Accidentals

Sunday, June 25

  • 11:00 a.m.- The Greyhounds
  • 12:00 p.m.- Charlie Roth
  • 1:00 p.m.- Chain Station
  • 2:00 p.m.- Heather Maloney
  • 3:00 p.m.- Billy Strings
  • 4:00 p.m.- Tim Crosby and Lightning Strikes

If rain is expected, the event will be moved to the Effingham Performance Center. For ticket pricing/orders, festival rules, contact information and more, visit their website. We hope to see you there!



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!