Two Day Bicentennial Celebration A Smashing Success

Greenville’s Bicentennial Celebration is in the history books!

By every account, the weekend was a smashing success. Congratulations are in order for the entire bicentennial steering committee who worked four years putting the event together.

Saturday opened with a 5K and continued through the day with activities for the whole family in the First National Bank Family Fun Area. The day also included historical reenactments, museum and cemetery tours, and many other demonstrations and performances. Live music was provided throughout the day, including main stage attractions the Chapman Brothers, Hicktown, and the Bellamy Brothers. The Bellamy’s performance was sponsored by WGEL. Midnight Rail performed late into the night on the Greenville Square Saturday night.

Sunday included many activities, including BMX bike and iron chef cooking demonstrations, the Family Fun Area, and live music provided by the Jorrells. One of the marquee events Sunday was the Bicentennial Parade, which consisted of around 100 entries and was believed to be the longest parade in Greenville history. Many local businesses and organizations were represented and many local marching bands performed. Key attractions included the University of Illinois Marching Illini and the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales.

Main stage entertainment Sunday included the Tons of Fun band and the Little River Band.

Concert attendance was believed to be around 4,000 to 5,000 Saturday night and approximately 6,000 Sunday night.

WGEL will have much more coverage of this weekend’s Greenville Bicentennial celebration on the air and on the web, including MANY great pictures from the both days of activities.

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