The Vandalia Area Chamber of Commerce is knocking out the final details of Prairie Days to be held Saturday, September 22.
One new event scheduled for this year’s Prairie Days is “Outhouse Races,” scheduled for 3 p.m.
This year’s theme is the ‘50s. Saturday starts with a Run and Walk 5-10K at 8 a.m., which is sponsored by Vandalia Play Care. The run-and-walk will start at the Vandalia Library. The cost for running is $10 and $20 to include a T-shirt. Those wanting T-shirts register in advance by calling 573-473-9362 or Micah at Shear Platinum
At 9 a.m., the baby show starts and is immediately followed by the Little Mr. and Miss Contest. Registration will be at 8:45 a.m. for both events, which are sponsored by the Dianthus Club.
The 3-on-3 basketball tournament also starts at 9 a.m. with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. The divisions are: 1st-3rd grade, 4th-5th grade, 6th-8th grade, 9th-12th grade, 18-30 years old, and 30-plus years old. Registration costs $30.
At 10 a.m., the La Femme Arts Club will begin its pie sale. At that time and throughout the day, craft vendors will be on display.
Line up for the 11 a.m. parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at South School. The parade is immediately followed by street entertainment featuring the Van-Far varsity cheerleaders, the Van-Far junior high cheerleaders, and Angela’s Dance Studio.
The Corn Husking Contest starts at noon at the main stage and is sponsored by the Vandalia Historical Society.
Also at noon, “Pure Country” will perform on the front steps of the Vandalia Hotel.
The kids carnival, games, and a bounce house will be open from noon to 4 p.m.
The Super Farmer Contest begins at 1 p.m. with registration at 12:30 p.m. Age divisions include grade 6-8, 9-12 and 18 and older. The contest is being held by the Van-Far FFA Alumni Association. The “Charles Nutt” band performs on the front porch of the Vandalia Hotel at 2 p.m., when the washer tournament starts. Joe Cole Comedy Magic starts at 4 p.m. on the main stage.
The Fairboard Fish Fry and car show start at 5 p.m. Two additional bands for evening entertainment have yet to be announced.