The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

September 4, 2013

City council hears about downtown festival

The Commercial-News

---- — DANVILLE — The Taste of Downtown Danville returns later this month with more food and arts and crafts vendors, music and children’s activities.

Downtown Danville Inc. executive director Dana Schaumburg’s downtown report at Tuesday night’s city council meeting highlighted the Taste of Downtown Danville scheduled for Sept. 27-29.

It will again feature a Kansas City Barbeque Society–sanctioned BBQ competition, with barbecue team competition set up beginning Thursday, Sept. 26 downtown.

According to a tentative schedule, on Friday, Sept. 27, there will be arts and craft vendors in Vendor Square next to the Fischer Theatre, food sales, live music, Peer Court-sponsored children’s activities and American Legion Riders’ Motorcycle Show, as the BBQ team competition setup continues.

“We have a full slate of new food vendors,” Schaumburg said.

On Saturday, Sept. 28, there will be the Downtown Danville Farmers’ Market, 5K run/walk, the BBQ competition, arts and crafts vendors, food sales, beer and wine tastings and bands performing live music. There also will be the Vermilion County Crimestoppers Car Show, children’s activities and the barbecue competition awards ceremony.

On Sunday, Sept. 29, there will be food and arts and crafts vendors and children’s activities in addition to a community church service and gospel music.

Registrations continue for teams for the Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned barbecue competition.

There are about 15 of the 25 needed teams registered so far.

This is the second year for Danville to put on this competition.

Teams can register for $250 each and have a chance to win up to $1,000 for the grand champion prize and $500 for the reserve grand champion prize, both guaranteed.

Other prize categories will be handed out as well for a total prize purse of up to $5,500. Only 30 teams will be accepted for this year’s event.

Categories: 1st- $300; 2nd- $250; 3rd-$200; 4th- $150; 5th- $100; Side Dish- $100; and People’s Choice - $100.

For registration forms to compete or judge, visit DDI’s website at

For more information, about the festival, contact DDI at or 443-3886.

To volunteer for the event, contact Pat Bowers at

In other business, the council heard:

n From Mayor Scott Eisenhauer that it can expect a resolution to act on next week regarding the Ellsworth Park and Vermilion River dams.

n From a resident about being charged to stay and other issues at the Danville Rescue Mission.

n Eisenhauer say he continues to send Danville’s gas prices to the attorney general’s office every month, but the averages are not considerably different from other cities. There are peak days gas prices are higher in Danville, but the attorney general’s office doesn’t look at peak days, Eisenhauer said.