August 3rd, 2019- NowDecatur’s very own Rachel Devereux takes on the 8th Annual Heinkel’s Hotdog Eating Contest.
Central Park was the most adorable it could be during the 2019 Decatur Celebration Adorable Baby Contest. Here is the full list of winners.
Overall Boys Winner – Ashton Greer (4 years old)
Overall Girls WInner – Emery Pyles (2 years old)
Infant Miss (0-5 months) – Aliza Kelli May Rivera
Infant Mister (0-5 months) Jeffery Charles Downs
Baby Miss (6-11 months) Naomi Kerry Pitt
Baby Mister (6-11 months) Declan Linder
Tiny Mister (1 year old) De’zyri Jones
Tiny Tot Miss (2 year olds) Emery Pyles
Petite Mister (3 year olds) Jeremiah Milton
Mini Mister Boys (4 year olds) Ashton Greer
August 2nd, 2019-Follow along all weekend long as we try and pair our favorite vendors food with the best that the Craft Beer and Wine Garden has to offer.
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.
August 2, 2018 – At the Decatur Celebration, it never fails, just when you’re ready to grab that pic of your favorite performer, or you’re trying to coordinate meeting up with friends or family, your phone dies.
For the third year, Decatur Computers Incorporated has you covered at the Celebration if you’ve used up your battery. They’ve supplied a free charging station in Central Park, near the corner of Franklin Street and North Park Street.
The charging station can charge most Apple or Android devices. So if your phone’s battery indicator is in the red, head to the corner of Franklin and North Park Street in Central Park, just across from the Post Office, and get powered up.
In addition, St Paul’s Lutheran Church is hosting the Family Oasis. The Oasis is located near the Christian Stage (on the west side of Busey Bank and Kids Block area). For the third year, SPL is providing this service as convenience for families and all attendees. This tented area includes a nursing mothers station, diaper changing station, and cooled and comfortable seating under a shaded area, available to attendees throughout the Celebration weekend. The nursing mothers station, constructed from a clean and durable shelter, includes a door with slide lock for those desiring private nursing, air conditioning, comfortable seating, shelving, and supplies. The Oasis also includes two shaded diaper changing tables, which are cleaned after each use by the SPL serving team. They also maintain additional diapering supplies.
Richland Community College is once again proving the free ice water Oasis, located on South Park Street near South Franklin. Look for the RCC trailer and stop by for a quick cold drink.
For those 65 and older, the Celebration is offering a shade tent in Central Park located at the corner of N. Park and Water. The area has gliders, water and large cooling fans for taking a break from the heat.
A new addition this year are large cooling fans. Cool off at one of the three cooling fan locations located at North Franklin near the Civic Center, William & State, and South Park & Water.
If you are in need of first aid or need the lost and found, both services are located at the Decatur Civic Center. First Aid is provided by Decatur Ambulance Service.