American Veterans Traveling Tribute


Coming to Charleston


July 2-5, 2015


Don't miss it!!!

  2015 - Traveling Wall Photo


  To learn about the American Veterans Traveling Tribute, click here

Click here for a full schedule of events:  AVTT - Program Schedule of Events.
We will be holding a Quilt Raffle with proceeds to benefit the American Veterans Tribute. Tickets are $3 each or 2 for $5.  These tickets are now available. You may purchase tickets at City Hall, from any committee member or by contacting Betty Coffrin at 232-1485.  Tickets will also be available at the park on July 3rd and 4th.
The winner will be drawn on July 4th at 4pm!


We will have T-Shirts commemorating the American Veterans Wall for sale! Picture and prices to come. Proceeds to fund the Veterans Wall project.

Sunday, June 28th


Harold Hackett Memorial Bingo in the Park

Come out and ‘Pack the Pavilion’ in memory of Harold Hackett.  Harold oversaw the Bingo in the Park up until his recent death.  So come on out to help us honor Harold in a way he would really appreciate!

Lots of fun, snacks and prizes!

  • Morton Park, 2pm – 5pm


Friday, July 3rd

    • Venders open at 3pm
    • Forgotten Highway– 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




  • American Legion Pancake Breakfast – Fairgrounds – Merchants Building – 6:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • 4 Mi Run/Walk (Habitat for Humanity) – 6:30 AM Registration – 7:30 AM start
  • Chalk In – Coles County Arts Council – 9:30 AM to Noon
  • Activities all day
  • Foam Pit
  • Inflatable Games (10AM to 2PM)
  • All you can eat Ice Cream – $2 – (all day)
  • Parade – 1PM
  • 2:15 PM Bell Ringing Ceremony
  • 2:30 PM Entertainment – Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets
  • 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!



Forgotten Highway The perfect harmony between today’s modern country hits and yesterdays country classics, Forgotten highway prides itself on being able to successfully walk the line between the two worlds. Combining the guitar sounds of the 1950’s and integrating them with modern country and acoustic instruments has given Forgotten Highway one of the most unique sounds on the music scene today.

Teaming up with some of the youngest and most talented musicians in Southern Wisconsin has allowed front men Erik and Andrew the opportunity to create and refine a sound that is as unique as anything that comes out of Nashville today.

Performing at Country on the River and playing on main stages of church festivals and 4rth of July parties after touring for only 2 years seemed to be the pinnacle of their success, but Forgotten Highway has made it clear that they are not at all done, and are scheduled to open for Phil Vassar, Tyler Farr, and Sawyer Brown over the course of the 2014 tour season. Forgotten Highway is a name you won’t forget.


Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets


Have you witnessed the spectacle of grown men singing, dancing and playing, telling jokes, transforming entire crowds into happy, dancing fun monsters?  Well, welcome to the wonderful world of CAPTAIN RAT AND THE BLIND RIVETS!

CAPTAIN RAT AND THE BLIND RIVETS puts on a high energy 50’s and 60’s rock’n’roll show, bursting with humor and satire.  Great American Music, and a festival of fun-fun-fun for everyone!  They have been legends since 1980 for their boffo stage show, featuring props, silly hats, funny faces, zany antics, and of course, great rock’n’roll expertly performed.

Specializing in American music of the era:  The Monkees, Elvis, Turtles, the Ventures- the band chooses the right song for each moment from a repertoire of over 400 vintage oldies, fast and slow songs from the greatest era in American popular music.

Based in Champaign, Illinois, since 1980, CAPTAIN RAT AND THE BLIND RIVETS is consistently voted best regional band.  They have brought their spectacular family-oriented show to more than a million people, in such venues as  Wrigley and Soldier Fields, Memorial Stadium, the Chicago Air and Water Show, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, and Atlantis Paradise Island Resort and Casino in Nassau, Bahamas.

The group features five outstanding musicians:  Jeff Evans, a/k/a  “Buster B. Dordaun”, drums and vocals; Roger Prillaman, a/k/a “Todd Modern”, keyboards, trumpet and vocals; Tim Vear, a/k/a” Timmy Ray”, vocals and guitar; “Mark B. Rubel” on bass and vocals, and our latest addition Tary Powers, a/k/a “Bart Bartonia” on saxophone and vocals.   The playing is tight and always energetic- the excellent singing and harmonies shine on Beach Boys songs and on a capella numbers.  The band members move into the crowd using wireless transmitters, and even switch instruments.

But musical talent in this case is just the departure point for the creation of memorable fun, for both audience and act.  Drawing from over six sets of material, our guys blend experience, spontaneity and group chemistry to transform every show into a festival, the crowd always participating in the dancing, singing and laughter.

Here is a group that pleases audiences of every age, at every type of celebration.  We hope that you soon have a chance to enjoy the experience that only such light-hearted, well-presented entertainment can bring…magical, musical CAPTAIN RAT AND THE BLIND RIVETS!


4 for the 4th Race/Walk

Registration: 6:30 am Events: 7:30 am 4 for the 4th 2015 Registration Form Entry Fee: $20 if received by June 20. $25 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





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:
    Charleston RWB Days
    520 Jackson Ave
    Charleston, IL 61920