Update: 4:15 pm, 8/7/17, Monday
DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — A huge crowd turned out for the 32nd annual Decatur Celebration over the weekend. It was the first year admission was charged.
Some weren’t happy about it, but fair officials say they think they reached their goal. They’re still counting the numbers but, as of Saturday, they were on track.
The official attendance count will be released next week. The gate was added for safety.
Police say they received fewer than average calls during the celebration this year.
Original: 3:20 pm, 8/4/17, Friday
DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — It’s the first day of the Decatur Celebration and this year should be one for the books. It’s one of the largest street fairs in the state.
For the first time ever, admission will be charged and gates surround the fairgrounds. People are filing in, but some are upset about the new admission fee.
It’s the 32nd year for the event. It offers tons of entertainment and huge headliners including Nelly, Bret Michaels and Travis Tritt.
There’s something for everyone; lots of carnival rides, games, activities and lots and lots of food. More choices have been added like gourmet mac-and-cheese and pork chop pop.
The popular wine garden returns and many are excited to hear beer is now also on the menu. For the young ‘uns, there’s a kids’ block filled with fun things to do and competitions like a limbo contest and pie eating contest. Adults can sign up for the annual hot dog eating contest.
For those who just want to sit back and relax Saturday, there’s a huge parade put on by members of the community. Clearly, there’s so much to do during this weekend’s celebration.
Buying a wristband in advance will only cost $5, but on site, it will be $8. Kids 12 and under are free. The festival runs until 11 pm, Friday and Saturday nights and ends 9:30 pm Sunday.