By Ben Marshall
VANDALIA—The Prairie Days’ theme this year is “Celebrating Missouri Statehood,” and will be packed with performances, with the musical acts set to begin Sept. 28 right in the center of town.
Country Fever, out of Vandalia, will be performing on the Main stage at 2:30 p.m.
Riverside, another band scheduled to play, is also out of Vandalia, and they will be performing at 4:30 p.m.
Mike Moore is out of Hannibal, and is scheduled to play at 6:30 p.m.
Country Soul comes to Prairie Days from Louisiana, Mo., and will be on stage to close out the evening at 8 p.m.
The rest of the activities for the day start at 7:30 a.m., when registration for the YMCA’s 5K will be held.
The Baby Show and Little Mr. and Miss competitions begin at 9 a.m., with registration at 8 a.m.
Vendor booths open at 10 a.m.
Chamber three-on-three basketball will be at 10 a.m., located at the YMCA.
The parade will begin at 11 a.m. with all those participating lining up at 10 a.m.
At high noon, The Vandalia Area Historical Society will be giving a presentation on Missouri pioneers, as part of the “Missouri Struggle For Statehood.”
The children’s area opens at 12:30 p.m., and will include games and bounce houses. The area will close at 4:30 p.m.
The washer tournament begins at 1 p.m.
There will be Carriage Rides beginning at 1:30 p.m.
The cornhole tournament will start at 2 p.m.
The music kicks off at 2:30 p.m. and goes throughout the evening. A car cruise will begin at 6 p.m.
Country Fever at 2:30 p.m. performs a variety of country music, as well as some comedy. The band consist of mainly family members and life-long friends.
Riverside, at 4:30 p.m., plays modern country, classic rock or blues. This versatile five-member group hits the stage hard with great music, great fun and a dynamic show.
Mike Moore takes the stage at 6 p.m. He plays and sings acoustic guitar—typically folk music, recent and old country, and some southern rock.
Country Soul hits the stage at 8 p.m. This band has been providing great dance music to the people of Northeastern Missouri and Western Illinois for more than 40 years.