EFFINGHAM, IL -(Effingham Radio)- Each year, downtown Effingham is transformed into an artist’s mecca as artists from all over the region set up shop on the lawn of the Historic Court House Museum and surrounding downtown area in Effingham.
This year we are very excited to be celebrating the 13 th annual Effingham Artisan Fair!
The Effingham Artisan Fair kicks off Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5 th . Come out Friday night and join the Effingham
community for the “Arts & Hearts” celebration.
This event features an “Artist Soft Opening,” where a majority of the artists will display their art for the community one day early.
From 5 to 8 p.m. a variety of events will be held to raise awareness for the arts in the community, including a live art auction benefiting Community Support Systems (C.S.S.), not-for- profit community informational booths and dance performances by Exclusively Dance.
We will also be celebrating 20 years of the Sculpture on the Avenues Exhibition with the Effingham Tourism Office as we unveil the 20th Anniversary piece on the Courthouse lawn.
The dance performances will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Fourth Street.
The unveiling of the 20th Anniversary piece will begin at 6:00 p.m. on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Third Street with former Mayor Bob Utz ¤t Mayor Jeff Bloemker.
The C.S.S. Art Auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. along Washington Avenue.
We also have great live music to look forward to from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. on Friday night and again on Saturday in the wine and beer tent area.
Abbey Dietzen, LP & the Honeybee and the Jeremy Adam Duo will be performing Friday evening and Andy Rueter, Jeffrey Corman & Erin Goldstein and Tim Crosby will be performing Saturday.
In addition, we’ve brought back whiskey sampling to the popular wine and beer sampling event.
This year you can again look forward to walking the Courthouse Square while enjoying your samples of wine or beer.
Friday evening will also include a food fair featuring Martin’s IGA, Dad’s Smokin’ Butt BBQ, Joe’s Pizza & Pasta, K’s Ultimate Vending and the Sausage Haus.
We’re also offering some specialty food for all you food-lovers, including Oma Gisi’s German Bakery, Homewood Grill, The Cookie Jar, Grandma Rosie’s Sweet Treats and Plum Pies both Friday and Saturday.
Effingham Convention & Visitors Bureau
1505 Hampton Drive, Effingham, IL 62401 – 217.342.5305 – visiteffinghamil.com
Come back downtown Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Artisan Fair where downtown is transformed into an art gallery with works from over 35 artists, on display for purchase.
The Sculpture on the Avenues outdoor exhibition will officially open this weekend too.
Stop by the Information Booth for a Culture Guide and walk downtown and learn more about the beautiful sculptures in our city.
Artwork for sale includes oil paintings, pottery, jewelry, and sculptures.
Several artists will demonstrate their craft at the event.
As mentioned, as part of the event, the Artisan Fair features wine, beer and whiskey sampling.
There will be regional wineries and several different craft beers available for sampling.
This event will open from 5 – 10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday.
Other activities during the Artisan Fair on Saturday include the Kids Korner, food fair, and live musical entertainment near the wine tent.
The Effingham County Court House Museum will also be open both Friday evening and Saturday.
Check out the Effingham Artisan Fair’s website for more details on times at www.effinghamartisanfair.com.
The Effingham Artisan Fair continues to be a favorite with new events and booths added each year.
Come out to support our community and enjoy the arts!
For more information about the Artisan Fair, phone 800-772-0750 or 217-342- 5310. Also, visit
www.effinghamartisanfair.com or our Facebook page “Effingham Artisan Fair.”