Cory Garner Claims Celebration 365 Grand Prize; 20 New Finalists Selected

Cory Garner Claims Celebration 365 Grand Prize; 20 New Finalists Selected

August 2  –  A full year of wearing a 2018 Decatur Celebration VIP Wristband, paid off well for Decatur/Dalton City’s Cory Garner on Thursday night.

Garner was one of 20 finalists to participate in the Land of Lincoln Credit Union Celebration 365 Contest with NowDecatur.com. All 20 finalists lasted the entire year wearing their daily accessory, earning them a pair of the $50 VIP Pit Pass Wristbands, while Garner claimed the Grand Prize of $1,000 and a pair of $100 Rock Star VIP Wristbands. Garner joins Krystal Sturgeon on the list of winners, as Sturgeon won the same Grand Prize a year ago.

The other finalists included: Brian Bridges, Stephanie Britton, Beth Garner, Bryan Hedenberg, Alisha Henderson, Kimberly Hicks, Jaimie Lane, Josh ‘Donut’ Mahon, Laura Mahon, Andi McCoy-Galloway, Ashley Offermann, Hollie Peckert, Kyle Phillips, Ryan Pritts, Mary Beth Scott, Zach Stortzum, Trisha Swartz, Jonathan White, & Kurt Younghouse.

Where all did this little piece of Decatur travel? Highlights included many trips to Disney, six went into surgeries, for the second-straight year a DC wristband left the country (to Canada with Phillips), and three graced the wrists of bridesmaids, but the feature act, was when a wristband helped hold a bridal bouquet in place in Florida, at the wedding of Andi McCoy-Galloway, and her husband, James.

“We want people out there being positive and promoting the Decatur Celebration year-round,” Contest Organizer Aric Lee said. “The fact we’ve sent one DC band down the aisle, two to different countries, and especially 40 of them into the lives of Decatur people that love the festival, is icing on the cake.”

Friday afternoon on, ‘The Aric Lee Show’, the new season began. 20 new finalists were drawn for the upcoming year, and will be fitted for their new bands on Sunday afternoon, when the contest clock officially begins.

The new batch of 20 finalists include: Jeremy Banks, Kara Berry, Ikeshiea Blair, Constance Buker, Melissa Cripe, Mandi Dillow, Ashley DuPont, Brent Finke, Donald Hayes, Laura King, Lisa Larry, Maria Mariotti, Mindy Novota, Donna Phillips, Spike Queary, Rachael Rodriguez, Kelly Root, Vinnie Salmieri, Monica Squibb, & Jamie Whicker.

To follow the contest all year long, all are invited to join the Facebook Group: Celebration 365 Contest w/ NowDecatur.com.

 

365 Days of Wearing #DC18 Wristband Ends Thursday; Registration Opens for #DC19

365 Days of Wearing #DC18 Wristband Ends Thursday; Registration Opens for #DC19

July 30  –  For nearly 365 mornings the 20 finalists chosen last August for the Land of Lincoln Credit Union Celebration 365 contest have woken up with the same #DC18 wristband on their arm.

Thursday morning will be their final morning with that very familiar accessory.

Throughout a rollercoaster year of questions of the future of the Decatur Celebration, 20 believers kept believing. Those finalists include: Brian Bridges, Stephanie Britton, Beth Garner, Cory Garner, Bryan Hedenberg, Alisha Henderson, Kimberly Hicks, Jaimie Lane, Josh & Laura Mahon, Andi McCoy-Galloway (who got married in her wristband), Ashley Offerman, Hollie Peckert, Kyle Phillips (who wore his #DC17 band for fun for almost 2 entire years, now), Ryan Pritts, Mary Beth Scott, Zach Stortzum, Trisha Swartz, Jonathan White, & Kurt Younghouse

The winner of the contest claims the $1,000 Grand Prize, along with a pair of $100 Rock Star VIP Wristbands for this year’s Decatur Celebration, and be invited to ride in the Razzle Dazzle Good Times parade on Saturday morning … but the remaining 19 won’t go home empty-handed. Just for lasting the entire year, each will receive a pair of $50 VIP Pit Pass Wristbands for this year’s party.

And … IT’S TIME TO SIGN-UP FOR THIS YEAR’S CONTEST!!!

Decatur Celebration Producer/Director, Jarrod Cox said it was way to fun of a promotion to end after two years, so Celebration 365 Year Three, is officially underway.

To sign-up for the drawing to receive a #DC19 Wristband Sunday afternoon at the Celebration, everyone MUST SEND AN EMAIL to: AricLee@NeuhoffMedia.com. Each email will be returned with a short survey, with rules and understandings of the contest, and the 20 new finalists will be drawn by the weekend, and all 20 will meet at the Civic Center on Sunday.

 

 

Decatur Celebration Wristbands Drive-Up Sales Available Wednesday in Central Park

Decatur Celebration Wristbands Drive-Up Sales Available Wednesday in Central Park

July 23  –  Decatur Celebration wristbands for the 2019 festival remain on sale at over 40 Central Illinois locations, but the $10 presale price will only be honored through the close of business on Thursday, August 1st.

A drive-up opportunity to purchase wristbands comes on Wednesday morning, and again in the late afternoon in Central Park. Volunteers will be stationed at multiple Central Park corners, between 7 and 9 a.m., then again between 4 and 7 p.m., selling the State Farm Insurance #DC19 wristbands for the $10 presale price. The $50 & $100 VIP wristbands will also be on sale, with more information on those at DecaturCelebration.com.

“We really want everyone to be part of this year’s festival,” first-year Decatur Celebration Producer/Director Jarrod Cox said. “Nobody wants to spend the extra money at the gates when the prices go up, so we want as many presale opportunities available as we can create.”

Wristband prices will officially be $15, after all businesses close on August 1st.