By Mandi Kindhart-White
Who is ready for the Vandalia Annual Prairie Days? The Vandalia Area Chamber of Commerce, along with several volunteers have been working hard to prepare for the 2021 Prairie Days event, which will take place Sept. 25.
Prairie Days will include an entire day of activities for all ages.
Chamber member Cami Blackman said, “We are excited for everyone to see each other this year. We have added some new events to our schedule we think everyone will enjoy. A petting zoo and bingo (games) for all ages, ‘Kids Say the Darndest Things’ and the horseshoe tournament is back this year.”
For the early risers, who are interested in treading a few miles, the Fall 5K will begin at 7:30 a.m., with registration beginning at 6:45 a.m. at the YMCA. Vendor booths will open at 10 a.m. for guests to browse and shop throughout the day, followed by LaFemme Pie Sales at the Historical Church at 10:30 a.m. The Prairie Days Parade will begin at 11 a.m., with line up beginning south of the school at 10 a.m.
Moving into the afternoon, Bingo will be held from 12:30 – 2 p.m. Prizes have been donated by United Credit Union. There will be a children’s area with bounce houses and petting zoo from 12:30 – 4 p.m., along with snow cones and cotton candy, compliments of Cordelio. A car cruise-in will start at 4 p.m. on State Street.
Horseshoe Park will host a Washer Tournament at 1 p.m. followed by a cornhole tournament at 2 p.m. The Vandalia Area Historical Society will have a scavenger hunt from 1 – 3 p.m.
The Shiloh Country Band will bring live music to the main stage from 2 – 4 p.m., followed by Kids Say the Darndest Things from 4 – 5 p.m. The main stage will continue with entertainment with the Hot Town Trio from 5 – 7 p.m. and the Soul Root Band will round out the evening’s entertainment from 8 – 10:30 p.m.