Fun Run Road Tour, Downtown Party

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Published on June 1 2012 2:04 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Millie Lange

The City of Effingham's Tourism Office will be hosting a Downtown Party from 5-8:30 p.m. today and residents are invited to join in welcoming Volkswagen enthusiasts to Effingham.

Mid America Motorworks' Fun Run Road Tour will end in downtown Effingham, with Volkswagens set to park in the spaces surrounding the Historic Effingham County Courthouse. Volkswagens are set to come down the parade route at approximately 5:30 p.m.

With Mid America Motorworks' Annual Funfest for Air-Cooled Volkswagens expected to bring thousands of people to Effingham over the weekend, the Tourism Office is excited to kick off the event with a Welcomefest.

"We are expecting over 100 Volkswagens to participate in this year's event," said Effingham Tourism Director Jodi Jackson. "The Downtown Welcome Fest is a great opportunity for us to welcome visitors to our community, but also, for residents to come and check out some one-of-a-kind Volkswagens."

Activities will include a Martin's IGA cookout, frozen custard from Culver's, live musical entertainment, great giveaways and of course, a chance to see a variety of Volkswagens.

Stay until dusk as the Effingham Central Business Group presents a "Movie on the Lawn." At approximately 8:30 p.m., "Herbie Fully Loaded" will be shown on the big screen, on the courthouse lawn. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy this VFW inspired movie with the whole family.

"There will be a lot of activity downtown this evening and we hope residents will join us," said Jackson.

For more information on tonight's event, contact the Effingham Tourism Department at 217-342-5305 or visit www.VisitEffinghamIL.com. For more information about events at Mid America Motorworks, visit www.FunfestEvents.com.