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Palmer Arena to Host Illinois State Championships of Cornhole


The American Cornhole Organization (ACO) will host its inaugural ACO Illinois State Championships of Cornhole June 13-14, 2014 at the David S. Palmer Arena (100 W. Main Street) in Danville.


The ACO State Championships of Cornhole is a new program launched in Season IX by the American Cornhole Organization. It will feature a Friday night filled with game challenges, Luck of the Draw tournaments, food, music and fun. Saturday will feature more of the same, but will also include the Illinois Singles and Doubles Title tournaments. The Title tournaments are FREE of charge and open to all residents of Illinois who are active ACO Members. Participation is limited to the first 160 singles players and 160 doubles teams to register online at www.AmericanCornhole.com. ACO Memberships are $20 per Season and are available through a local ACO Certified Official in your market or online at www.AmericanCornhole.com. The Luck of the Draw tournaments and game challenges are pay as you go activities that are open to the public both Friday and Saturday, spectators are FREE and welcome to the event.

ACO officials expect as many as 200 people in attendance for the first-ever ACO Illinois State Championships of Cornhole held in Danville. “We’re extremely excited to have launched our State Championships Program and believe that Danville, Illinois is going to be a great host city for the event in 2014 and for years to come,” says Frank Geers, President of American Cornhole, LLC. The winning player and team will be awarded a custom ACO Illinois State Championship jersey and each player will win a $250.00 Golden Ticket entry to compete in ACO World Championships of Cornhole IX, being played out in Charleston, WV, July 15-19, 2014.


It is the goal of American Cornhole to have an ACO State Championships of Cornhole in every state by Season X, June 2015. There currently are fifteen states committed to the program which include AL, FL, IA, IL, IN, GA, KY, NC, NM, OH, SC, TN, TX, VA and WV with another several states close to signing on for Season IX, which is played out in June 2014.


“In addition to being crowned Illinois State Champions, the Titles will also carry a lot of weight heading into the ACO World Championships of Cornhole,” says Eric Hinerman, Director of Certified Officials for the ACO. The ACO World Championships of Cornhole is the premier Cornhole Event every year and all State Singles and Doubles Champions will bypass the Qualifying rounds at the Worlds and be placed directly into the King of Cornhole and/or World Doubles final brackets. “These State Champions will have the opportunity to come to the ACO World Championships of Cornhole, and in some cases, be the very first players from their States to represent in the King of Cornhole and World Doubles final brackets. It gives you a shot at the biggest Titles in the Cornhole World!” claimed Eric Hinerman.
There are local, regional and national opportunities to become a sponsor with the ACO. For sponsorship opportunities, contact the ACO at 888-563-2002.


About American Cornhole, LLC
The American Cornhole, LLC was established in 2005 and headquartered in Milford, Ohio. American Cornhole Organization (ACO) is the governing body for the sport of cornhole, offering official cornhole rules, certified products, tournament listings, comprehensive information about cornhole events, and an ACO Certified Official Program that brings awareness of the sport to localized markets.


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Downtown Danville Plans Summer Events


Downtown Danville, Inc. will kick off their annual Farmer’s Market Saturday, May 17 on the Danville Public Library lawn.

Farmers Market Tomotoes


The market will be open Tuesdays 2:00 – 7:00 PM and Saturdays 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM through October.


Items will include fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, herbs, baked goods, honey, cheeses, and meet. Handcrafted items and artwork will also be available.



All items will be home grown, home baked, or handmade locally by a grower, crafter, artist, farmer, or home-baker. Locally is defined as the area the items are produced is within East Central Illinois including the counties of Vermilion, Iroquois, Ford, Champaign, Douglas, and Edgar or within West Central Indiana including the counties of Warren, Vermillion, and Fountain.



In addition to the Farmers’ Market, Downtown Danville, Inc. will continue their traditional Summer Sounds Concert Series at Temple Plaza. Dates for 2014 include:


Friday, May 30: Country Night

Friday, June 13: Classic Rock Night

Friday, June 27: Rock Night

Friday, July 11: Monkey’s X

Friday, July 25: Reggae Night

Friday, August 8: Blues Night


Artists for each evening will be released soon.




NJCAA Basketball Tournament Returns March 18-22



The City of Danville and Danville Area Community College (DACC) are proud to again serve as the hosts of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Men’s National Basketball Tournament.  All games will be held March 18-22, 2014 in the Mary Miller Gymnasium at DACC. Sixteen of the nation’s top junior college teams have punched their ticket to Danville by winning their District Championships.


This years field consists of: Phoenix College (Phoenix, AZ), Dean College (Franklin, MA), Carl Sandburg College (Galesburg, IL), South Suburban College (South Holland, IL), Fort Scott Community College (Fort Scott, KS), Wake Technical Community College (Raleigh, NC), Central Community College (Columbus, NE), Des Moines Area Community College (Boone, IA), Lake Michigan College (Benton Harbor, MI), Wayne County Community College District (Detroit, MI), Cincinnati State Technical & Community College (Cincinnati, OH), Essex County College (Newark, NJ), St. Louis Community College (St. Louis, MO), Potomac State of WVU (Keyser, WV), Garrett College (McHenry, MD), and John Wood Community College (Quincy, IL).


A tournament pass, good for all games, is available for $35.00 or tickets are $6.00 for each session – morning, afternoon, or evening. Tickets for DACC students and senior citizens are $3.00 and children 6 and under are free for all games.


2014 Tournament Bracket

Click the image for an enlarged version of the 2014 tournament bracket.

Many four-year coaches will also be hand to scout and recruit prospective players, and live entertainment and contests are scheduled for half-times and between games. A full schedule of events is available at dacc.edu/njcaa.


Danville has received the bid to host the tournament for the past 21 years due in large part to the area’s volunteers, hospitality, and local sponsorships. Improvements were made to the facility in 2012 including a new hospitality suite and locker rooms which helped secure another bid to continue hosting the tournament through 2017.


Over 300 volunteers are needed each year to ensure a successful tournament. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the us via phone at (217) 442-2096 or email info@danvilleareainfo.com.


Each year brings new excitement as players and fans begin to arrive for a great week of college basketball, but just in case you can’t make it to Danville, you can follow the tournament online by clicking on any of the icons below!

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Phases of the Moon – Phase I of Artists Performing


The inaugural Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival is set to take place September 11-14 at the beautiful 3,000 acre Kennekuk County Park just outside Danville. Phases of the Moon is proud to announce Phase I of artists scheduled to perform at the first annual event. Artists include: Widespread Panic (two nights), Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule, Leon Russell, Galactic, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Jackie Greene Band, Anders Osborne, Leftover Salmon with Bill Payne of Little Feat, Dumpstaphunk, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, JJ Grey & Mofro, Monophobics, The Revivalists, Soulive, Tea Leaf Green, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Matt Schofield, Clare Dunn, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, James Jones Trio and Artist-In-Residence David Gans. To stay on top of all upcoming artist announcements, go to www.potm.us/lineup.

First Lineup (Jan 27)


Phases of the Moon is a four-day music, arts and camping event thoughtfully tailored to provide a unique festival experience. Phases of the Moon boasts four outdoor stages: two main stages that alternate following each set and two smaller stages. Along with amazing music, attendees will have access to farm-to-table food, craft beer, a farmer’s market and a mall of diverse craft vendors featuring an array of original items. POTM is an all-inclusive event that includes The Crescent Moon Kids Area set up for families featuring fun and creative activities for children.


Phases of the Moon has put a strong emphasis on art. Large interactive sculptures, live art, and works from renowned national and local artists will be on display. A variety of performance artists will be roving through the crowds performing and connecting with the new Phaser family.


Phases of the Moon will provide fun, informative and thoughtful ways to spend the weekend when you are not listening to your favorite music. The Non-Profits Participation Row will feature local and national organizations, including food drives, greening initiatives and workshops ranging from music to art to sustainability.


One of the major factors that set Phases of the Moon apart from the multitude of music festivals is the stunning setting. Kennekuk County Park boasts several miles of hiking trails, scenic ponds, streams, wide-open spaces, lush canopies of trees, a historic collection of turn-of-the-century buildings and the 170-acre Lake Mingo. The park is located within a short drive from a number of major metropolitan areas – 2.5 hours from Chicago, 1.5 hours from Indianapolis, less than 1 hour from Champaign, and 3.5 hours from St. Louis.


Discounted Phase One tickets for Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival go on sale February 10. Get ticket & package information HERE.


More artist announcements and press registration information coming soon. Visit the festival website at www.phasesofthemoonfestival.com.


Mark Your Calendars for 2014



The Danville Area is looking forward to some new events and old favorites in 2014! The following are a list of dates that we have planned for the year with links for more information. Keep watching our Calendar of Events page as new items are added daily. We are looking forward to spending 2014 with you!


X-Treme International Ice Racing
February 21, 2014



National Junior College Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament
March 18 – 22, 2014



Danville Symphony Orchestra’s “Two Times the Fun”
April 26, 2014



Summer Sounds Concert Series
May 30, 2014

June 13, 2014

June 27, 2014

July 11, 2014

July 25, 2014

August 8, 2014



Arts in the Park
June 21 & 22, 2014



Vermilion County Fair
June 24 – 28, 2014



32nd Annual Midwest Quilt Show
July 1 – 31, 2014



23rd Annual Howl at the Moon Run
August 9, 2014



The Taste of Downtown Danville
September 25 – 29, 2014



Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival
September 11 – 14, 2014



Vermilion County Civil War Days
September 27 & 28, 2014



Haunted Happenings
October 25, 2014



Presence’s Festival of Trees
November 15 – 20, 2014



Night of Lights Holiday Parade
November 20, 2014