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September 17, 2013

Fourth vendor tent added to fall festival

Volunteers needed for riverbank cleanup

DANVILLE — The Vermilion River Fall Festival and Farmers Market always attracts those looking for fall crafts and goodies.

To accommodate the numerous vendors who call to be a part of the event, “we’re adding a fourth tent this year,” said Danville recreation manager Cindy Parson.

This year’s event also will feature a cell phone texting tournament and a motorcycle rodeo to attract some younger people and some motorcyclists eager to show off their skills and win some prizes.

The festival runs from Friday through Sunday at Ellsworth Park.

Parson said there will be 104 commercial, craft and flea market vendors and 13 food vendors, in addition to the beer tent. A vendor who sells shell jewelry comes from Florida, the farthest of any of the vendors, Parson said.

Returning activities include the children’s activities which start at 5 p.m. Friday and run throughout the weekend. There are inflatable toys and pony rides.

Also returning is a movie at dusk on Friday, bingo for cash on Saturday and Sunday, mud volleyball tournament on Saturday morning, Illiana Antique Open Car Show on Saturday, bean bag tournament on Sunday, tomahawk throwing contest and silent auction.

There also is “It’s Our Rivers Day Project,” a clean-up project, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, music and other stage activities and the golf cart rodeo on Friday and Saturday.

For the river project, the city’s Parks and Recreation Division, Keep Vermilion County Beautiful, Domino’s Pizza and Wal-Mart are sponsoring the clean-up day at Ellsworth Park.

Volunteers are needed to remove litter from the banks of the North Fork River and the surrounding park area. Individuals and groups of all ages are encouraged to participate. Volunteers should check in at the Pride Grows trailer located just west of the footbridge. Pickers and trash bags will be provided.

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