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June 1, 2010

Springfest kicks off summer

TILTON — The Danville Jaycees’ Springfest has moved to at least four locations in its 30 years, but wherever it sets up, the fun remains the same.

The festival usually marks the start of the summer season, and this year’s new location doesn’t change that plan.

The 30th annual Springfest will be Wednesday through Sunday at the former Daniel Elementary School site on Illinois Route 1 just north of Vermilion Chevrolet Cadillac.

“We have plenty of area,” said longtime organizer Monty Schroeder. “We are on the busiest road in Vermilion County. We have plenty of room for parking.”

While there should be plenty of parking on the east side of Route 1, parking also will be available on the west side. The subway students onced used to pass under the busy highway will be open so no has to cross the street.

Amusement rides will be new this year, Schroeder said. They will be in operation Wednesday through Sunday.

“We have the same company, but he has all new rides,” he said. “Some of these will be first-time rides in our area.”

Another first-time event will be a car show starting at 1 p.m. Saturday. Registration will be from 10 a.m. to noon, with the first 50 cars receiving a dash plaque. A participant vote will be from 1-4 p.m., with awards to the top vote getters.

Thursday will feature a pretty baby contest, a pee wee Miss and Mr. Pageant and Lil Miss and Lil Mr. Pageant.

“You can go online at and sign up at that night,” Schroeder said.

Saturday night the Jaycees will promote Danville Foodstock by asking those attending the concert from 5-10 p.m. to bring a non-perishable food item. The concert lineup includes In All Honesty, acoustic rock; Doc Ashton and the Root Canals, jazz; and Deeper Blues, blues/rock.

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