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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!



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!

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!

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!

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!