Monticellobration returns on Sept. 16

Monticellobration kicks off Sept. 16 with the return of the pet parade at 11 a.m. and continues until the band Feudin’ Hillbillys wraps up the daylong event with an 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. concert.

In between there is a full slate of activities to tie into the new theme – appreciating autumn.

“We’re just trying to celebrate fall, and have a fun time really geared toward families, a good time to come downtown for a lot of interactive experiences and a lot of eating experiences,” said Kerry Redshaw, the executive director of Monticello Main Street, which organizes the event.

This year it is being branded “Monticellobration – FestiFall.” Redshaw and her volunteers are still searching for a theme that can carry over from year to year, and think they might have found it with the fall-oriented gathering around the courthouse square that will feature pumpkins, a scarecrow walk and plenty of food and vendors.

The last two Monticellobrations revolved around the history of railroads in town. They were well received, but due to cost and the amount of planning needed were difficult to sustain, said Redshaw.

“We’re just trying to find something that we can duplicate from year to year and expand on. The year we did the Civil War and railway – that was big and very difficult to do,” said Redshaw.

The event will still align itself to the annual Railroad Days being held Sept. 16-17 at the Monticello Railway Museum, just in a different way.

“We’re still going to have people coming down, so we are going to give a fun experience downtown for people that come in from Nelson Landing and Wabash Depot,” she added.

New vendors this year will include Canvas & Corks, which will walk participants through painting a small fall scene; Twin Silos Orchards, which will have a demonstration bee hive on hand to go with its honey-based products; and Sundrop Alpacas, where alpaca fleece will be spun into yarn.

Monticello Rotary will give away seedlings as part of a district goal of getting a tree planted for every Rotary member in the area.

“We will set up a table to give away 100 trees to the first 100 visitors. The package will include instructions, a brochure, etc.” said current Monticello Rotary President Mike Harris.

Locations where new trees are planted will be recorded on a map to show the dispersal of the plants.

Harris said the seedlings are small, but that the Northern Red Oak and Swamp White Oak varieties being given away will grow quickly.

“It will be a part of an overall plan to increase tree planting in Monticello and be part of a Rotary International effort – plant trees to relieve global climate change,” added Harris. “If this Monticellobration giveaway is successful, we will repeat a similar event on Arbor Day in April, 2018.

Pet parade returns
Returning to the lineup for the first time in a few years will be the pet parade, which is being organized by the Piatt County Animal Shelter. Participants can line up at 10:45 a.m. at the shelter and step off at 11 a.m.

The kid favorite Paint the Town event, sponsored by the Monticello Area Arts Council, will once again be available on West Washington Street. Children are encouraged to purchase and paint a portion of the street, something that spruces up that block for weeks following.

Concerts this year will include Bad Medicine from 12 to 4 p.m., 3 Gun Whiskey from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Feudin’ Hillbillies from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Most downtown restaurants will serve food and have outdoor drinking areas – referred to as libation areas – for the event.

A new activity this year will be Knockerball, which places those taking part into inflatable bubbles to knock about. It will take place in the lawn across the street from Mackey-Wright Funeral Home.

About 20 scarecrows will decorate light posts in the downtown business district. Willow Tree Missions will direct the judging of the entries during FestiFall.

Monticellobration schedule

10:45 a.m. Pet parade lineup at the

animal shelter

11 a.m. Pet parade steps off

11 a.m. Pony rides begin on Main Street

11 a.m. Horse and buggy rides at Main/Independence

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Paint the Town on West Washington Street

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Knockerball across from Mackey-Wright Funeral Home

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Scarecrow walk and judging

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendor exhibits and food trucks

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jump house

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Joyful Bubbles at Corner of Main/State streets

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Canvas and Corks painting

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Car Show

12 to 4 p.m. Bad Medicine on stage

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 3 Gun Whiskey on stage

8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Feudin’ Hillbillys on stage











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