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Official Prairie Days schedule set

Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Blue Steel Rail is set to perform during this year’s Prairie Days.

Blue Steel Rail is set to perform during this year’s Prairie Days.

Three featured acts and a few new activities headline this year’s Vandalia Prairie Days scheduled for Saturday, September 28.
At 3 p.m., Blue Steel Rail will perform on the Main stage. The bluegrass group was formed in 2010 and is based out of O’Fallon, Mo. Their performance is sponsored by First State Community Bank.
Two hours later, Joe Cole returns for the second year in a row with his comedy magic act. Cole, the brother of Dr. Michael Cole, has been performing since he was 8 years old.
Joe Cole, whose act was well received last year, has several awards during his career. They include winning “Best Close-Up Magician” at an international competition in New Orleans in 2001, winning the “Most Original Act” award in New York City in 2002, performing at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, Calif. in 2005,  and receiving the David P. Abbott Award from the Omaha Magical Society in 2011.
His performance is sponsored by First National Bank.
At 6:30 p.m., Vandalia’s own Travis Gibson and his band will perform country music for the hometown crowd. His performance is sponsored by Ennis Implement.
Among the new features will be at noon with a Motorcycle Show on Main St., sponsored by Chariots of Fire, as well as an Antique Tractor Showcase on State St.
At 3 p.m., Outhouse Races will be held under the direction of chairperson Jill McCurdy. A simi-lar event was recently held during the Middletown Picnic earlier this month.
The schedule of events begins at 8 a.m. with the 5K/10K, sponsored by Vandalia Playcare. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m.
The Baby Show will start at 9 a.m. on the Main Stage soon to be followed by the Little Mr. and Little Miss contest. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and Tracy Wilburn in the chairperson.
Craft vendors will have goods on display, sponsored by Cole Chiropractic, at 10 a.m. At the same time, the LaFemme Quilt and Art Show will begin in the First Baptist Church Life Center. Pie Sales and an Alpaca Farm Display will also begin.
The line-up starts at 10:30 a.m. for the 11 a.m. parade. Grand Marshalls will be honored veterans.
At noon, there will be street entertainment, a Kids Carnival starts which runs through 4 p.m., the Motorcycle Show, the Antique Tractor Showcase, and the Corn Husking Contest. Corn Husking will take place on the Main Stage and is sponsored by the Vandalia Area Historical Society.
With Blue Steel Rail and Outhouse Races beginning at 3 p.m. and Joe Cole Comedy Magic performing at 5 p.m., a Car Cruise follows at 6 p.m. with chairperson Brian Grote. The Travis Gibson Band concludes the day with a 6:30 p.m. performance.
This year a free shuttle service will be available from the First Baptist Church. It will start at 10 a.m. and run every 15 minutes except during parade time.