American Veterans Traveling Tribute


Coming to Charleston

July 1-5, 2015

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  2015 - Traveling Wall Photo


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Thursday, July 3rd

    • Venders open at 3pm
    • TBA – 6:30pm
    • Award to Farmer of the Year
    • Crowning of Little Mr. and Miss Firecracker (See Forms below for more information)
    • Jo Dee Messina – 8pm




  • 4 Mi Run/Walk (Habitat for Humanity) – 6:30 Registration – 7:30 start
  • Chalk In – Coles County Arts Council – 9:30 AM to Noon
  • Foam pit & activities (all day)
  • Inflatable Games (10AM to 2PM)
  • All you can eat Ice Cream – $2 – (all day)
  • Parade – 1PM
  • 2:15 Bell Ringing Ceremony
  • 2:30 Entertainment – TBA
  • DUSK – Fireworks at Coles County Airport



Jo Dee Messina   Jo Dee Messina fans will soon get what theyʼve been clamoring for as the multiplatinum, award-winning country singer/songwriter has just announced that her new full-length album will be released Tuesday, March 18. With its title ME, chosen by fans, the album marks Jo Deeʼs most personal album to date as she wrote or co-wrote many of the songs and will release it on her own newly established label, Dreambound Records. For the first time in her career, Jo Dee is able to boldly do things her own way and pave her own path to success. Spring 2013 found the fiercely independent, outspoken, and driven artist free from a long-term record deal. Jo Dee became free to make the album she wanted, so the forward-thinking  country star took to the crowd-funding website to create a new full-length album for her fans, with her fans. The “My time. Our music.” campaign allowed her backers to be involved with every step that goes into creating and recording the album, and opportunities to be rewarded with exclusive content and one-of-a-kind opportunities. Throughout the process, her fans helped Jo Dee surpass her $100,000 goal, making her campaign the most successful one to come out of Nashville and at the time of completion, the 15th largest funded music campaign in history. The fans were given a voice. Via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Stage-It, her fans selected which songs would be included on the album, submitted artwork for her label logo, selected the album title ME and chose the albumʼs first single “Peace Sign.” Check out a lyric video for the song here: “This album is truly for you, the people who appreciate the creative process, as well as my amazing fans,” exclaims Jo Dee. “Thereʼs no question, I wouldnʼt be where I am today without your love and support. Youʼve been with me since the beginning. This album is a fresh start for me, and I want us to go on this exciting journey together.” Although this album is a fresh start for Jo Dee, she is no stranger to the entertainment world. Debuting in 1996 with the hit single Heads Carolina, Tales California, she has charted 9 number one singles, 16 Top 40 singles, and sold more than 5 million records worldwide. Overall, ME is a journey. Itʼs honest. Itʼs funny. Itʼs sad. Itʼs life. At this point in her life, Jo Dee isnʼt afraid. Sheʼs a woman, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend and an incredibly gifted vocalist and all that awaits her.  




Bring your lawn chairs!


Coming Soon — Opening Act and Friday’s Entertainment

4 for the 4th Race/Walk

Registration: 6:30 am Events: 7:30 am 4 for the 4th 2014 Registration form   Entry Fee: $15 if received by June 20. $20 thereafter Checks payable to: Coles County Habitat for Humanity. Send to: P.O. Box 226, Charleston, IL 61920 T- Shirts: Guaranteed to all pre-registered. Course: 4 mile run on city streets - some rolling hills. 2 mile walk on city streets. Awards: Run - 1st Place Overall - Male and Female Finishers
Male - 1st & 2nd places Female - 1st and 2nd places
12 & under 12 & under
13 – 19 13 – 19
20 – 29 20 – 29
30 – 39 30 – 39
40 – 49 40 – 49
50 – 59 50 – 59
60 – 69 60 – 69
70 and over 70 and over
  Walk - 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Finishers If you raise $50 or more through donations, your registration fee is waived.

The Great Chalk-in

We will be holding the chalk-in at the north side of Morton Park on Pierce St. From 9:00-12:00. With ribbons to be awarded in the following categories (all grades are rising):
Most Patriotic

  • K-4
  • 5-8
  • 9-12
  • 18 years and older

Judging will be at 11:30
Ribbon ceremony will take place at 11:45
Photos are immediately following judging & ribbon ceremony and be finished by 12:00.
Photos of winners are published in the newspaper.

Head of “Chalk-in committee”:
Ashley Henigman


Tim and Taylor Ratliff 2014 T-Shirts

All T-Shirts are $10/each.

We have kids size small to adults size XXL.
T- Shirts will be available at Bingo and on the 3rd & 4th.


Questions, Comments or Ideas? Send us your questions, comments or ideas and we'll get back to you super quick!
Address:  520 Jackson Ave
Charleston, IL 61920
Phone: 217-345-7691
Fax: 217-345-7554