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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!



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!

Hey You, Head Downtown!


The EffingHAM-JAM BBQ Competition is here!

Come downtown tonight for the Hometown Throwdown, which will include an amateur local BBQ competition, live music, wine and beer tasting and more! The amateur BBQ competition cooking has already begun! Judging will take place for the competition at 5:00 p.m., and you’ll be able to enjoy a public food tasting starting at 5:30 p.m. Try out the chicken wings, beef brisket and pork chops from all five teams, and vote for your favorites! Don’t forget to stay for the live music by Kilborn Alley from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by CeCe and the Bandits from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Head back tomorrow to enjoy watching the pros compete in the official Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) BBQ state championship competition! The sanctioned event will take place from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. with a $6,000 prize purse. Judging will be located at Joe’s Pizza, and the awards ceremony will take place at 5:00 p.m. An information booth will be available to patrons all day with answers to any questions about the event.

You can also enter the cornhole tournament, sponsored by Scrubby’s Pub to benefit the Effingham Performance Center. Watch the Dairy Queen ice cream-eating contest and Power Wheels Demo Derby, for ages 3-9, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Local youth organizations will have food booths set up from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

While you’re there, enjoy live music all day! FACE Orchestra will perform from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., Stew-Stras High School Band will perform 1:00 to 1:30 p.m., Teutopolis High School Jazz Band will perform from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. and Garrett Biggs will perform from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

If you’re in the Effingham area this weekend, check out the EffingHAM-JAM BBQ Competition for some great times filled with food, drinks, music, games and all that downtown has to offer. We’ll see you there!

Invasion of the Vans


Whether you’re a van-lover or just looking for something new and fun to do this weekend, be sure to check out the 43rd Annual Van Nationals, hosted by Hard Core Vanners, taking place at the Effingham Country Fairgrounds in Altamont.

The festivities began yesterday and will run until this Sunday, July 12th. While you’re there, enjoy adult and kid games, Hot Wheels races, van merchandise and food vendors, the Vanner’s Memorial and Museum and more! Join the “There Goes the Neighborhood” social this afternoon; wine tasting this evening, starting at 6:30 p.m.; and live music by Off the Wall afterward.

But the fun doesn’t stop there! Tomorrow attendees can cheer on their favorite vans in the Show ‘n Shine and Bright ‘n Shine contests, while kids under the age of 12 can create a Model Make & Take from 11 a.m. to noon. Tethered hot air balloon rides will be available for $20 per person from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, and you can enjoy live music by Powerhouse in the afternoon and by Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters later in the evening. On Saturday, don’t miss the vans’ parade through town or Burn Out Contest, and be sure to see X-Krush perform live at the fairgrounds.

During Van Nationals, the hosts will be taking donations to benefit several different local charities. They’ll be collecting aluminum can tabs for the local Ronald McDonald House, canned and packaged foods for a local food bank and school supplies for students in need at local schools. In addition, a portion of the proceeds earned from the event will be donated to the Altamont branch of Meals on Wheels, Golden Circle Nutrition, whose funding was recently cut drastically.

So head out to the Effingham County Fairgrounds anytime now through Sunday to check out some truly unique vehicles, see live music, browse vendors, play games and make unforgettable memories–all to benefit a great cause. It’s sure to be a hit with the whole family!

For more information on this year’s Van Nationals, visit their website.