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
    • LEVI RIGGS – 6:30pm
    • Award to Farmer of the Year
    • Crowning of Little Mr. and Miss Firecracker (See Forms below for more information)
    • TRACY LAWRENCE – 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 – THE BOAT DRUNKS
  • DUSK – Fireworks at Coles County Airport


Tracy Lawrence Tracy Lawrence is one of the most recognizable voices in Country music with songs such as “Paint Me A Birmingham,” “Time Marches On,” “Alibis,” and “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” The entertainer has enjoyed twenty-two songs on the Billboard top ten charts with eighteen number one singles, selling over thirteen million albums. The Multi-platinum CMA and ACM award winning recording artist has helped shape the sound of Country music for two decades, recently celebrating twenty-years in music. Few country artists have ever known the kind of success that Tracy Lawrence has earned and the influence his iconic voice has contributed to the Country music genre. His music has inspired a whole new generation of entertainers and fans. Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan frequently pay tribute to the singer live in concert by playing his double-platinum hits like “Time Marches On” and “Alibis.” Songs that help make Lawrence among one of the most played artists on radio. Lawrence has set out to embark on the next chapter of his music career with his highly anticipated forthcoming studio album Headlights, Taillights And Radios to be released August 2013. The first single, “Stop Drop And Roll” written by hit songwriters Casey Beathard who penned Lawrence’s CMA and ACM award winning hit “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” and Brandon Kinney, marks the singers first studio album in five years. Headlights, Taillights And Radios is not just another release for Lawrence, it’s a testament to how his music continues to evolve and engage all generations of Country music fans. The 11-song collection features some of his most progressive music to date. Reflecting on the creative process when recording Headlights, Taillights And Radios Lawrence knew that he needed to push the envelope and creativity to a new level. “When recording the new album it was a very different process than I had ever done before,” said Lawrence. “We ended up recording the album in two parts, that’s just how it worked out. I started recording in the direction to make a more traditional County record. But as time progressed, I needed to explore and challenge myself musically. I wanted to go deeper and try a more edgy and progressive sound that reflected where I was going next. The combination really worked well for me and I think it will appeal to many different types of County music fans.” The album title Headlights, Taillights And Radios carries a signature meaning for the artist. “Headlights” looking to the future; “Taillights” celebrating the past; and “Radios” a tribute to his success on radio. Headlights, Taillights And Radios gives us a new Tracy Lawrence. One that is sure to inspire and ignite a whole new generation of Country music.



Bring your lawn chairs!

The Boat Drunks Champaign, Illinois and now entering their fourteenth year as a group, The Boat Drunks have opened for Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys and Little Feat, and have performed from coast to coast with nearly every member of Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band. Their set includes many of your favorite Buffett hits, original music from their four studio albums and other covers from The Beatles, The Eagles, Champaign’s own REO Speedwagon and many more. The Boat Drunks perform at many Parrothead venues across the country and receive regular airplay on Buffett’s Radio Margaritaville, Sirius/XM Channel 24. Their current release, “Covering Their Tracks”, pays homage to many other trop rock artists and their songs. It was co-produced by R. Scott Bryan of the Peter Mayer Group and by Bill Payne from the iconic band Little Feat. Many of the tracks feature performances by the songwriters themselves in a duet format with The Boat Drunks. You can check out all of their music on CD Baby and at!



Levi Riggs Riggs- His name alone resonates with strong country music influence.
Thrilling audiences since age 10 with John Michael Montgomery’s “Sold”, Levi, now 29 years old, proves every show that he is one of country music’s brightest and fastest rising stars. With his non-stop energy, enthusiasm, and a smile that just won’t quit…Levi creates a style of country music all on his own!
Having spent his entire collegiate career on stages all over the world with the famous Purdue Varsity Glee Club, Riggs has learned to craft his recordings to fit his live show. His first single, “My Best Friend’s A Girl” ran up the charts as an indie label at a rapid pace, peaking at #52 on Billboard Indicator…a huge accomplishment for an independent! This single exploded with excitement from new fans begging to hear it at Riggs’ concerts.
But the excitement doesn’t stop there! Not only did Levi perform for WE Fest, he also has opened for major acts all year long! Some of which include The Band Perry, Jason Aldean, Travis Tritt, Easton Corbin, Colt Ford, Justin Moore, Blackhawk, Jo Dee Messina, Brett Eldredge, and more.
2013 marks a turning point in Riggs’ career with a new single on the charts “There’s Still A Place For That,” along with a music video taken in Levi’s home-town of Danville, Ind.


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 Email: