Guest Services for the Decatur Celebration

Guest Services for the Decatur Celebration

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.

Head East Headlines Friday Celebration Events

Head East Headlines Friday Celebration Events

August 2, 2019– Hard rock band Head East headlines the first night of events Friday at the Decatur Celebration.

Head East, which traces it’s roots to East Central Illinois, remains best known for their hit “Never Been Any Reason”, plays the 9:00 p.m. concert on the Show Stage (Franklin and Eldorado), with country rap duo Moonshine Bandits as the opening act at 7:30pm.

Earlier Show Stage acts feature the Opening Ceremonies at 6 p.m. and Neuhoff’s own DJ Tat and DJ Suave at 5pm.

Country Singer/ Songwriter Logan Mize, takes the Funfest Stage (Prairie and Franklin) at 7:15pm. Following MIze on the Funfest Stage is Grammy Award winning R & B Group “All 4 One” at 9pm.

The Christian Stage (Main and Water) will have Pjae & Living Sacrifice for a pair of shows at 7pm and 9pm.

The first night of the BlueRock Record Battle of the Bands will start at 6 p.m. on the North Street Stage (Water and North) AND the addition of a second stage at North and Water. The Central Park Stage has the Decatur Power Tumblers at 5  and Ees’aBella Belly Dancers at 7 o’clock.  Central Park will also feature Indie Folk Duo Arbour Season at 9pm.

Country, rock and top hits band Wreckless Chelsea will take the Cabaret stage (William and Water) at 5 p.m., followed by a pair of shows with glam/ modern rock band “Lenny and the Lamplighters  at 7 and 9pm.

Electric blues group the ” Mary Jo Curry Band” will take the Prairie Street Stage at 6 and 8pm, followed by hardrock/ heavy metal band “From Ashes Re-born” featuring Neuhoff’s Shyler Kraus at 10pm

The Wine and Craft Beer Garden at the northwest corner of Water and William streets will be open from 5-10 p.m. The Kids Block on the south end of the festival grounds will be open from 5-8 p.m.

Celebration Gate Locations and Admission Rules

Celebration Gate Locations and Admission Rules

August 2, 2019– Visitors to the first day of the Decatur Celebration who did not buy wristbands in advance can purchase them at any of the four admission gates for $15 apiece.

The locations of the entry gates are: (Gate A) North Street at Jackson Street, near the Decatur Civic Center; (Gate B) Franklin Street and William Street (Next to Decatur Public Transit); (Gate C) East Main and Franklin St (Next to the Decatur Public Library) and (Gate D) at the corner of Main and Main next to Merchant Street.

The Festival officially begins at 5 p.m., with Opening Ceremonies set for 6 p.m. on the Show Stage at Franklin and Eldorado.

Guests should be aware of the admission rules:

  • Every person age 13 and older must have a wristband to enter the festival grounds.
  • Wristbands must be worn on your wrist and must not be tampered with in any way including cutting off and taping back on.  If a wristband is tampered with it is no-longer valid.
  • Outside food and drinks cannot be brought inside the festival grounds.  You will be asked to throw these items away or take them back to your vehicle.
  • Alcohol cannot be taken outside of the admission gates.
  • No coolers, tumblers, water bottles, or insulated cups will be allowed inside the admission gate.  Baby bottles, child sippy cups, and/or baby food containers are allowed for use by children.
  • No shirt, No Shoes = No Service
  • You will be asked to open large bags to show contents.
  • No weapons of any kind.  Concealed carry permits are not applicable inside the festival grounds per state laws.
  • Yes, you can bring your lawn chair; however, this does not guarantee that people will not stand in front of you at the concerts.  The Celebration is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Pets are not allowed on festival grounds.  It’s not that we don’t love pets, there just aren’t proper facilities for them in our large crowds.
  • No Bikes, Skate Boards, Skates
Transportation Options for the Celebration

Transportation Options for the Celebration

August 2, 2019 – Not sure you will have a designated driver for the Celebration?  In addition to Uber or a Taxi, the Decatur Public Transit System will provide special services during the Decatur Celebration this weekend, including operating later each night and operating on Sunday.

The last bus will depart the Transit Center at 10:15 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday, and at 11:15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The Sunday bus service will begin at 11:15 a.m.

After 6:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and all day Sunday, all bus routes will run once an hour. The last bus each night will only serve passengers outbound from the Transit Center.

Bus fares are $1 for adults, $.80 for kids 5-18, and $.50 for seniors and disabled passengers. Children under 5 and seniors or disabled riders with a Circuit Breaker ID are free.

The Operation Uplift van and taxi service for disabled riders will also operate throughout the Celebration, including Sunday. The service will be available through the same extended hours each day.

Uber:

If you plan to utilize Uber, there is no designated pick up location.  However, Uber drivers an easily pick up outside of Gate E located at the corner of North Street and Main.

Taxi:

Decatur City Taxi – (217) 330-7960

Signature Taxi – (217) 318-3500

Decatur Celebration – Where Downtown Workers Can Park

Decatur Celebration – Where Downtown Workers Can Park

August 1, 2019 – Downtown employees needing to park during business hours Friday will have to find spots outside of the Decatur Celebration grounds. Some spots are limited and some are all-day free parking, while still others are permit spaces that will not be available.

Church Street has several all-day parking spots, and drivers can also park on either side of the Masonic Temple. Cerro Gordo Street also has  all-day parking spots available.

Starting Friday, regular parking spots outside Celebration grounds will be in high demand. Several private parking lots downtown will have spaces available, with most charging a fee.

Starting on Friday at 5pm until Sunday at 5pm, the city of Decatur is making the following lots available for celebration guests for a fee of $6:

  • Municipal lot B
  • Municipal lot C
  • Service Lot A (SE corner of E Wood and S. Main)
  • Lot F (NE corner of E Wood and S. Main)

Road closures

North-south streets: Franklin Street will be closed between Eldorado Street and East Main Street; similarly Water Street will be closed between just south of Eldorado and just south of East Main. Merchant Street will be closed between Prairie and Main.

East-west streets: North Street will be blocked off east of Water and west of Jackson. William Street will be closed east of North Main Street to the main gate just east of Franklin. Prairie Street will be closed west of Central Park between North Main and Water; on the east side of the park, Prairie will be closed for the Funfest Stage between the Post Office and the library. East Main will be closed between Merchant and Franklin.

Electricians Ready to Help Power Celebration

Electricians Ready to Help Power Celebration

August 1, 2019 – Volunteer electricians on call for the Decatur Celebration will be ready to respond to any issues. Since the beginning, The IBEW Local 146 along with Bodine Electric have been providing the power maintenance for Decatur’s biggest street party.  Josh Sapp, business manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 146.  Sapp says the process to prepare for the Celebration takes a couple of weeks, but has been made easier since the downtown revitalization.   Listen to the podcast now. 

 

 

Family Carnival Preview Night Unofficially Kicks Off the Celebration

Family Carnival Preview Night Unofficially Kicks Off the Celebration

August 1, 2019 – The Decatur Celebration unofficially kicks off Thursday evening with the PNC Family Carnival Preview night. Attendees will be able to take advantage of a cooler evening to enjoy unlimited rides in the carnival with their family night wristbands which are available for $22. Also, if you visit either PNC Bank location on North Water or North Main Street, you can pick up a $2 off coupon. The PNC Family Night at the Carnival runs from  5pm until 11pm.  Beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday, ride tickets are $1 each with sheets of 22 for $20. Most rides require 3 to 5 tickets.

Carnival hours for the rest of the weekend are as follows:

Friday, August 2nd   5 pm – 11 pm

Saturday, August 3rd  11 am – 11 pm

Sunday, August 4th   11 am – 9:30 pm

 

Decatur Celebration- What if You Live or Work Downtown?

Decatur Celebration- What if You Live or Work Downtown?

July 30, 2019 – During the Celebration, special accommodations are made for those who live and work downtown.  The Decatur Celebration issues special wristbands that allow access into the footprint of the Celebration. People who live or work in the downtown area that will be fenced off for the Decatur Celebration should make sure they have their wristbands by tomorrow (Wednesday). Downtown residents and employees must come to the Decatur Celebration office (160 E Main Street Suite 200, Decatur, IL 62523) to be issued a special “Downtown Employee / Resident” wristband at no charge.  This wristband grants you access to your home or workplace and is not valid at festival food and beverage booths.

Get Your Decatur Celebration Wristbands in Advance

Get Your Decatur Celebration Wristbands in Advance

July 29, 2019 – If you plan to attend the Decatur Celebration, pick up your wristbands in advance to save some cash.  Wristbands are $10 in advance and $15 during the weekend at the gate.  Children 12 and under are Free.  Advance sales of wristbands will stop at partner participating locations on Thursday by End of Business, so make sure you get them in advance. You can also purchase wristbands until Thursday by clicking HERE. Decatur Celebration will have a fenced perimeter with designated entry points. All adults must have a wristband to be admitted.

Wristband Locations

  • State Farm Insurance Offices
    • Ali Doolin-Hupp, 1101 Clement Ave. (Forsyth)
    • Al Schelling, 2398 East Wood St.
    • Carole Brooker, 2605 North Main St.
    • David Clark, 440 Sunset Ct. (Mt. Zion)
    • Diane Sullivan, 2950 North Water St.
    • Leo Berger, 455 West Eldorado St.
    • Melanie Schelling, 3350 North Water St.
    • Mike Mandrell, 1212 East Pershing Rd.
    • Susan Vermette, 440 North 22nd St.
  • Brinkoetter & Associates — 1610 East Pershing Rd.
  • CEFCU — 3301 North Woodford St.
  • Coffee Connection
    • 2505 N. Main St.
    • Inside Decatur Memorial Hospital
  • Colee’s Corner Drugs — 845 US-51 (Forsyth)
  • Dale’s Southlake Pharmacy — 245 West 1st Dr.
  • Decatur Area Convention & Visitors Bureau — 202 East North St.
  • Decatur Celebration Office — 160 E. Main St. 
  • Decatur Earthmover Credit Union
    • 2600 East Dividend Dr.
    • 4855 Aldi Dr.
    • 550 North Edward St.
    • 260 West Marion Ave. (Forsyth)
  • Decatur Family YMCA — 220 West McKinley Ave.
  • Door 4 Brewing Co. — 1214 West Cerro Gordo St.
  • First Mid Bank & Trust (All Branches)
    • 1501 East Eldorado St.
    • 560 East Pershing St.
    • 455 North Main St.
    • 1685 South Franklin St.
    • 4825 US-36
    • 100 South Water St.
    • 1090 US-51 South (Forsyth)
  • Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce — 101 South Main St. #102
  • Hickory Point Bank (All Branches)
    • 225 North Water St.
    • 4666 Fairies Parkway
    • 10 Southland Dr.
    • 1880 South Mt. Zion Rd.
    • 1401 West Hickory Point Dr. (Forsyth)
  • Land of Lincoln Credit Union (All Branches)
    • 2890 North Oakland Ave.
    • 4850 Prosperity Place
    • 3130 East Mound Rd.
    • 1435 North Water St.
  • Lincoln Square Lounge — 121 North Main St.

Wristband Policy

  • Every person age 13 and older must have a wristband to enter the festival grounds.
  • Wristbands must be worn on your wrist and must not be tampered with in any way including cutting off and taping back on.  If a wristband is tampered with it is no-longer valid.
  • Two wristbands per booth will be provided for each vendor working at the festival. If the vendor needs more than two wristbands, they must purchase them.  Groups who pay to be a vendor at the festival or we pay to work the festival are considered vendors.  This includes food and drink vendors, craft vendors, commercial vendors, and groups who are paid to work doing ticket sales, wristband sales, staffing parking lots, dispensing beer, etc.  If your group is paid to work the festival, you are considered a vendor – even if you are volunteering for that group.
  • One free wristband will be given to each volunteer who works three hours or more. By volunteer, we mean individuals who are not personally compensated and are also not working for a group that is being compensated.  For example, if you are helping a chairman at a stage, or working with our recycling team, you are considered a festival volunteer.  However, if you are staffed through Labor Ready or helping a paid group work the ticket booths, you are not considered a festival volunteer.
  • Parade participants do not need a wristband to participate in the parade because the route begins and ends outside of the festival fence. If you are a parade participant and would like to attend the festival after the parade, you will need to purchase a wristband.  Parade participants will not be issued wristbands.
  • Festival entertainers will be issued at no charge a special “Performer” wristband for the day they are performing.
  • Downtown residents and employees must come to the Decatur Celebration office (160 E Main Street Suite 200, Decatur, IL 62523) to be issued a special “Downtown Employee / Resident” wristband at no charge.  This wristband grants you access to your home or workplace and is not valid at festival food and beverage booths.

Admission Gate Policies

  • Every person age 13 and older must have a wristband to enter the festival grounds.
  • Wristbands must be worn on your wrist and must not be tampered with in any way including cutting off and taping back on.  If a wristband is tampered with it is no-longer valid.
  • Outside food and drinks cannot be brought inside the festival grounds.  You will be asked to throw these items away or take them back to your vehicle.
  • Alcohol cannot be taken outside of the admission gates.
  • No coolers, tumblers, water bottles, or insulated cups will be allowed inside the admission gate.  Baby bottles, child sippy cups, and/or baby food containers are allowed for use by children.
  • No shirt, No Shoes = No Service
  • You will be asked to open large bags to show contents.
  • No weapons of any kind.  Concealed carry permits are not applicable inside the festival grounds per state laws.
  • Yes, you can bring your lawn chair; however, this does not guarantee that people will not stand in front of you at the concerts.  Plus we are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Pets are not allowed on festival grounds.  It’s not that we don’t love pets, there just aren’t proper facilities for them in our large crowds.
  • No Bikes, Skate Boards, Skates
Small Business Owner Planning Trip After Winning Raffle

Small Business Owner Planning Trip After Winning Raffle

December 10 – Kim Fields has not seen her brother who lives in Europe in more than five years, but she plans on changing that in the near future.

Fields, who owns the Decatur’s Papa Murphy’s franchise at Mound Center, plans to use part of her prize from winning the Decatur Celebration’s Royal Raffle for a trip to England.

“I’m so excited; I wasn’t expecting this at all,” Fields said Monday afternoon after she was presented with a check for $5,175 at the pizza store.

The Royal Raffle kicked off the Celebration’s year-long fundraising campaign by board members and King and Queen candidates.

“I’m so proud to be part of an organization that means so much to our community and gives back every year,” said Celebration producer and director Lori Sturgill.

Tom Brinkoetter, managing broker and owner of raffle sponsor Brinkoetter and Associates, made the ceremonial presentation to Fields.

“We at Brinkoetter’s are very proud and honored to be long-standing supporters of the Decatur Celebration,” he said.

Fields, who was born in Zimbabwe, figured her raffle entry was merely a contribution and would not result in any prize.

“I just thought I was doing something cool and supporting the Celebration, which brings so much positivity to our community,” she said.