The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Local News

June 8, 2007

Drivin’ the Dixie boosts small-town pride

Father’s Day weekend event honors old highway

ROSSVILLE — If the third time’s the charm, Rossville’s Drivin’ the Dixie Days should be the most successful in the brief his-tory of the local event.

The Rossville celebration takes place in conjunction with the daylong Drivin’ the Dixie, which takes motorists along the old Dixie Highway from Danville to Momence. It’s the third year for the event.

While the focus of that one-day event is antique cars and historic landmarks, Rossville expanded the concept into a three-day celebration, which will run Friday through June 17.

“Since it’s Father’s Day weekend, we’re celebrating with a salute to boys and their toys,” said Marilyn Danner, vice president of the Rossville Community Organization and co-chairwoman with Wendy Dunavan of the community’s Drivin’ the Dixie Days.

“We have the Illinois Pullers Association coming Friday night. That’s a very big event for such a small town. We’ll have peo-ple coming from Indiana and Kentucky.

“We also have an antique tractor and gas engine show on Saturday and Sunday. There’s a vintage car, motorcycle and truck show on Saturday,” Danner said.

The small community just north of Danville has come back to life since a 2004 fire destroyed a large section of its business district.

The following year, community organizers learned of the tour along the old Dixie Highway, now Illinois Route 1. That event inspired a healthy dose of civic pride, along with a variety of brand-new activities.

“Before the fire, we had blinders on to the fact that we were a dying community,” Danner said.

“We had a specialty niche with antiques, but that market had become saturated. It took the fire to open our eyes.

“When the high school closed, people thought that was it for us. They were ready to kick the dirt over us.

Text Only
Local News
  • School sign-up begins

    July 29, 2014

  • CRIS offers breakfast

    July 29, 2014

  • Police, Fire Reports

    July 29, 2014

  • NWS-CN 07-20 Foster mug County clerk on hunt for general election judges DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Clerk’s office is looking for a few good men and women for this year’s general election.On Thursday, Vermilion County Board members certified the county’s first group of election judges for the November general electio

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS-CN 07-29 Talking photo Report: Medicare looking better WASHINGTON — Medicare’s financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement.Getting relief from a slowdown in health care spending, the program’s giant hospital trust fund won’t be exhausted until 2030, the

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police Reports Incidents reported to police include:DanvilleFriday:Battery and obstructing an officer in the 1600 block of East English Street.Burglary at The Juke, 1214 E. Main St.Saturday:Theft in the 1500 block of Oak Street.Vehicle burglary in the 100 block of

    July 29, 2014

  • Two hurt in weekend shootings in Danville DANVILLE — Two victims are listed in good condition following a pair of weekend shooting incidents in Danville.Danville Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason confirmed the shootings, which took place around 8:15 p.m. Friday and just before 5 a.m.

    July 29, 2014

  • Fire Calls Firefighters responded to the following calls:Saturday, 10:08-10:23 a.m. — A medical call in the 200 block of Delaware Avenue.Saturday, 10:47-10:54 a.m. — Assist Medix in the first block of East Harrison Street.Saturday, 11:37-11:49 a.m. — A medical

    July 29, 2014

  • Library sets program for Farmers' Market

    July 28, 2014

  • Reception celebrates truck

    July 28, 2014

Spring 2014 Photos

Buy these photos and more via Smugmug

AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
NDN Video
Weird 'Wakudoki' Dance Launches Promotional Competition Two women barely avoid being hit by train Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth
Must Read