Greenville’s Bicentennial celebration September 5-6 will offer music and activities for all ages from free concerts by the Bellamy Brothers and Little River Band to appearances by Mr. Peanut and the world famous Clydesdales. The First National Bank Family Fun Area, located on South Second Street and in the First United Methodist Church parking lot, will be buzzing with a carnival, concerts, demonstrations and more.
The carnival opens at noon both days in the city parking lot on Second Street. Advanced ride tickets are 75 cents each and may be purchased until September 3 at The First National Bank, Bradford National Bank, Midland States Bank, National Bank, Third Street Market and Watson’s Drug Store. Rides require more than one ticket.
A Bicentennial birthday cake will be unveiled Saturday at 12:30 on the First National Bank Family Fun Area stage. The cake, which was originally the St. Louis 250 cake on the Greenville Public Library grounds, was designed and repainted by Greenville High School art students. You can also enjoy some real cake as 200 Greenville Bicentennial cupcakes from Sweetest Things will be served near the stage, while supplies last.
Winners of the Bicentennial Brothers of the Brush beard contest will be selected on the stage at 1:00 p.m., followed by a program highlighting the winners of a Bicentennial hat contest held earlier this year.
Greenville College students will entertain Saturday afternoon beginning with concerts by The Founders at 2:00 p.m. and Nick Bifano and the Innocents at 3:00 p.m. and concluding with Joyous Chaos, a student improv group, at 5:00 p.m. FUSION Dance wraps up the Saturday entertainment in the Family Fun Area with a 5:30 p.m. performance.
Other Saturday highlights include a caricature artist and face painting from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and laser tag from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday’s schedule at the First National Bank Family Fun Area includes presentations from noon to 3:00 p.m. by the Kaskaskia College Geo-Spatial program and the Greenville High School robotics team on the First United Methodist Church lot. DANCE House from Highland will perform at 1:00 p.m. Sunday on the Family Fun Area stage.
Prior to the parade on Sunday, youngsters can meet Mr. Peanut, Ronald McDonald, and St. Louis Blues mascot Louie and the Blue Crew from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in the Family Fun Area. The St. Louis Rams Street Team, featuring a Rams themed inflatable kick/pass competition, will be set up from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and then again following the parade. St. Louis Rams mascot Rampage and members of the Rams cheerleaders will be greeting fans prior to participating in the parade.
Although not located in The First National Bank Family Fun Area, youth favorites Outcast BMX will perform at noon and 2 p.m. Sunday on College Avenue in front of the Bond County Courthouse. Outcast BMX is comprised of some of the top pro and amateur BMX riders in the country. Based out of Nashville, TN, this team travels the country speaking, flipping and tail-whipping for audiences of all ages.
Click HERE to view a complete schedule of Bicentennial events.