The “Travis Gibson Band,” featuring Vandalia native Travis Gibson, will be the headlining act for this year’s Prairie Days slated for Saturday, September 22 in downtown Vandalia.
The Missouri-born and raised singer/songwriter and his band have opened for many big names like Colt Ford, Tracy Lawrence, and Clay Walker.
His country music is influenced by Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, among others.
Before the band performs at 8 p.m. on Main Stage, Becky Denton will open at 6 p.m.
Denton is from Paris, Mo. and has performed in the area for many years. She’s also recorded music in Nashville, Tenn.
The nearly 12-hour schedule of events begins at 7:30 p.m. with the Eastern Missouri Family YMCA 5K and 10K race. Registration begins at 7 p.m.
The Baby Show and Little Mr. and Little Miss Contest starts at 9 a.m. with Chairperson Destiny Willis on the Small Stage.
Craft vendors will open their booths at 10 a.m. on Main and State Streets. Leila Cole and Ramsey Dickerman are the chairpersons.
The parade line-up is at 10:15 a.m. at South School Park in time for the 11 a.m. parade.
A unique 100-year celebration of Harbison-Walker will take place on the Small Stage as presented by the Vandalia Area Historical Society.
The Antique Tractor Showcase begins at noon on State St. Also at noon, the Volleyball Tournament will start.
The Kids Carnival opens at 12:30 p.m. and runs through 4:30 p.m. at Railroad Park.
Jayson Orr will entertain on the Small Stage at 1 p.m.
A Washer Tournament, with chairperson Leon Shaw, starts at 1 p.m., also at Railroad Park.
Following that event, a Cornhole Tournament starts around 3 p.m. with chairperson Mike Klug.
Joel Montgomery will provide some clowning around fun at 5 p.m. on the Main Stage.
Kuda’s Auto Repair is sponsoring the Car Cruise, which begins at 5:30 p.m. on State St.