The Volkswagen Welcome Fest Downtown Party is tonight.
The City of Effingham will hold the 19th annual celebration in downtown Effingham this evening. The theme for this year’s celebration is Volktober Fest and will feature a “parade” of Volkswagens. We spoke to Effingham Tourism Director, Jodi Thoele, about the celebration. She stated that they are expecting over 300 Volkswagens and that the “parade” of Volkswagens will end in downtown Effingham for the Downtown Party. The Volkswagen drivers will also have some candy to throw out for kids on Jefferson Avenue.
According to Thoele, a full line-up of activities are planned for the Downtown Party. After the Volkwagens park in downtown at approximately 5:15-5:30pm, the party will begin with food, live music, and giveaways. Food will be available on the Courthouse lawn from Lickin’ My Chicken and Pullin’ My Pork, The Dog, Martin’s IGA, Tropical Sno, and Aunt Kim’s Kettle Corn. Additionally, the 911 Telecommunicators will be holding a bake sale. In addition to the food, the band Local Honey will be performing in the gazebo on the Courthouse lawn. Thoele also informed us that they will be giving away an Amazon Tap, an Alexa-enabled bluetooth speaker, this weekend.
For additional information on the Downtown Party, visit www.VisitEffinghamIL.com or call 217-342-5310.
Listen to Gayle’s full interview with Jodi Thoele below.