Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — The annual event will be held June 27-29 in the small community on Route 51 and features many activities for family enjoyment.
The festival kicks off Thursday evening with a vehicle extrication demonstration at the firehouse at 5:30 p.m. and opening ceremonies at the Main Stage at 6:30 p.m. Immediately following will be the Little Miss, Junior Miss, and Miss Assumption contests; the first annual Ms. Assumption contest; and the second annual Mr. Assumption Fest Legs contest.
The 8th annual Pet Show will be held on the Main Stage at 8:15 p.m.
Friday’s activities begin at noon and features Macon Speedway show car and autograph opportunity; Flower, photography and Days Gone By shows; Dance Station performances; Garden tractor pull; and Tiny Queen and Tiny King contest
Saturday will feature the Raiders Cross Country/Miles for Matt and 5K run; Parade; BMX stunt shows; a variety of tournaments; Chainsaw Chick and Bears ‘n Buddies; and historical re-enactment.
The BMX shows feature Solution Action Sports performing tricks and ramping skills sure to entertain kids of all ages. The stunts are set to music, and athletes will talk about bike safety. The shows are free.
The “Chainsaw Chick” Raychelle Conley and Dan Harding will carve work out of soft wood. Some items will be auctioned on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. Other items will be for sale all three days of the festival. Attendees are also welcome to bring soft wood to be carved.
The Grand Parade will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday with line-up at the Central A&M MIddle School. The parade theme is “Stars & Stripes of Freedom”. It is not too late to be an entrant in the parade. Contact Angela Ohl-Marsters at 217-820-1690.
This year’s Grand Marshals is the Assumption Optimist Club. The club was founded in 1990 with 35 charter members. It actively supported the children and youth of the community for 22 years. Club projects included, “Toys for Children,” an annual visit by Santa, providing school supplies to needing children and youth in Bond Primary School and Middle School, a weekly “Rockin’ & Reading” program with members of the club and community reading to Bond Primary School students, annual donations to area youth groups, and offering a $250 scholarship to graduating CAM seniors. After 22 years of club activity and service to our local community, the club closed at the end of 2012.
Bands at the Main Stage include Maiden Dixie Band, a country rock septet, and Big Shake Daddies, a high-energy music band that features rock-n-roll, rhythm and blues, soul, Motown, and rock.
The beer tent will host DJ music Friday night and live band “The Shake” Saturday night. There will be a cover charge Saturday for the band.
The Little Egypt Carnival will be running throughout the festival.