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Illinois Tourism: Think Outside the Deficit



As a result of the current budget impasse between Governor Rauner and the General Assembly, Illinois tourism’s statutorily mandated funding is on hold.


At the present time, we do not know what amount of funding, if any, will be available, from the state to help operate our CVB and other CVB’s around the state.


Our CVB, along with others, are faced with difficult decisions that will seriously jeopardize our ability to maintain and grow tourism in our local community.   On the block are cuts in ad campaigns and visitors’ guides, staff reductions, and cancellation of print material needed to promote our areas.  This lack of funding will also seriously jeopardize our ability to provide support to bring in new events, like Phases of the Moon, and retain old ones, like the NJCAA Division II men’s basketball finals.


This is a devastating blow to the tourism industry, and industry who puts millions of dollars into the state and local communities.


Now, more than ever, we need your help.  We are fortunate that our local legislators have shown great support for tourism in Danville/Vermilion County.  They see the results of our efforts and the support shown by our communities.


Keep in mind that this funding comes, not from residents, but strictly from hotel/motel tax.  To aid the legislators in their battle to maintain statutory tourism funding as part of the final budget, the industry has drafted an electronic letter to them and to the governor.


Please support our efforts by electronically signing this letter on behalf of tourism.  Just click here , fill out the information and hit send.  It will go directly to the office of Governor Rauner and the legislators.


Thanks to you, our partners, for your continued efforts on behalf of tourism.



The Staff at the Danville Area CVB

Danville to host Illinois American Legion State Golf Tournament


American Legion Post 210 and the Danville Area Convention and Visitors’ Bureau have announced that the Illinois American Legion State Golf Tournament will be held in Danville on August 1st and 2nd (2015) at two area courses on consecutive days.  Host courses will be Turtle Run and Harrison Park.  Play will begin simultaneously on both courses at 8:30 AM on Day One.  Golfers will switch courses on Day Two in this 4 person scramble format.  Tee times will be arranged considering tee time preference and geographic distance from Danville.

The $125.00 entry fee includes both rounds, cart fees, golf shirt, Saturday dinner, and prize money (in the form of Golf Shop credit).  Entry fees are due by Friday, July 17.    Registration Forms may be obtained at participating golf courses or by calling Gregg Alpers, Tournament Chairman, at 217-443-3863.

Members of the American Legion, American Legion Riders, Sons of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary or active military are invited to participate.  Note that 2 players in each foursome must be American Legion Members in good standing.

“It is an honor to bring this annual tournament to our city,” said Alpers.  “We hope to host it here for many years to come.”

American Legion Golf Polos logo



ArtBeat Music Week

ArtBeat Music Week will run Monday through Saturday, June 22-27, with free music at Temple Plaza at the corner of North and Vermilion Streets.  This event coincides with the First Gig Rock and Roll camp for youth.  Organizers thought that having all the musicians in the city for the camp as instructors throughout the week, why not have them play in the evenings, too.  The music will start around 6 PM for the nightly performances with a general time from 5 PM – 9 PM Monday through Friday and 3 PM to 11 PM Saturday.  This year’s lineup for ArtBeat Music Week:

  • Monday:  LiveKaraoke Band with special guest, Mike Bray of the Kyle Gass Band & Tenacious D
  • Tuesday:  Heel Dragger
  • Wednesday:  Johnnie Mae
  • Thursday:  Sushi Roll Band
  • Friday:  Ambucs Friday Nights with El Guapo & Friends
  • Saturday:  SCP Records Label Day featuring Andy Moreillon, The Bashful Youngens, Kasey Burton, Upshot, James Jones Trio

There will also be special performances by John Jansky and Rachael Lust.  Lust is a 2014 female hooper of the year.  She is a hula hoop performer from Ohio.  There will also be art, food and beverage vendors throughout the week and Joyfulbubbles.   Click here for facebook page.artbeat

Summer Fun for Kids


The Danville Area is full of fun and exciting activities for the entire family throughout the year, but there is no better time than summer to get out and explore all that Vermilion County has to offer. The opportunities this summer will excite kids of every age and interest. Here’s a brief tasting of things to come, but for a full listing, visit our Calendar of Events!


Festivals and Fairs:  

Rides, entertainment, concessions, and livestock shows will be back in full swing this summer! Click on any of the links below for more information on Grandstand events.


501 Bryan Ave, Danville, IL (Old Sager Campus lot)


Vermilion County Fairgrounds – 17528 N. 1180 East Road, Oakwood


   Georgetown Fairgrounds – 319 N. Seminary Street, Georgetown


McFerren Park – Corner of West Penn Street and Route 1, Hoopeston


Vermilion County Fair and Expo (2012)


College for Kids:


DACC Bremer Conference Center – 2000 E. Main Street, Danville

If you are a music lover or have a desire to perform on stage, this camp is for you!  This is a six day camp designed for those between the ages of 10-17 that have a desire to play guitar, bass, drums, or be a lead vocalist.  All participants will be working with professional musicians who have worked in their specific discipline for years.  Cost $250.

For more information call 217-554-1668 or 217-431-2424


Danville Area Community College – 2000 E. Main Street, Danville

College for Kids provides hands-on, in-depth exploration, and exposure to a college atmosphere for students jr. high and younger. Students can take week long classes in acting, astronomy, Lego robotics, sewing, science, computer programming, and so much more! Classes are $45.00 each or students may stay for the week for $135.00 with a hot lunch. To see the complete schedule and register, click here.


 DACC Sports and Media Camps:

 Danville Area Community College – 2000 E. Main Street, Danville


  • Co-ed Basketball Camp: June 1 – 5  from 9AM – Noon

For students entering grades 7th – 12th.  Individual instruction in the techniques of offense and defense at all positions, and instruction on shooting, passing, defense, dribbling, and teamwork will be emphasized. Campers will receive a t-shirt, prizes for contests, and certificate of completion. Cost $50.


  •  Co-ed Basketball Camp: June 8 – 12  from 9AM – Noon

For students entering grades 4th – 6th.  Campers will learn all the fundamentals of basketball including shooting, passing, defense, dribbling,                      rules of the game, and good sportsmanship. Campers will receive a t-shirt, prizes for contests, and certificate of completion. Cost $50.


  •  Sports Media Camp: June 22 – 26  from 1 – 4PM 0623121014

Participants will be instructed by members of the Neuhoff Media staff including WDAN Radio Sports Announcers and nationally known special                  guest speakers. Instruction will consist of interviewing, play-by-play, sports writing, video-editing, public address announcing, TV studio work and even a special field trip. Participants will get two nights of broadcast experience at Danville Stadium. This is a nationally recognized summer program that has taught future broadcasters, writers and sports media professionals for the past 20 years.  The camp is for boys and girls entering grades 7th – 12th.      Cost $65.

Registration for DACC Sports and Media Camps can be done online or by calling (217) 443-8807.



Danville Dans Kids’ Club: Thursday Home Games, 6:30 PM

Danville Stadium – 410 Highland Boulevard, Danville

Boys and girls, 5-12 years old, can join free.  Receive a downloadable membership card, free admission to Thursday night home games, and access to the “High Five” tunnel during line-ups of Kids’ Club games. Members will also have the chance to win a free Dans Rookie Training Camp registration. 

Dans Baseball Skills Camp:  Wednesday, June 10 & Saturday, June 27

Camp features top-notch instruction in hitting, defense, pitching and teamwork.  The training program is designed to improve your player’s skills.

Call 217-918-3401 or email: danvilledans@comcast.net


Vermilion County Summer Fun Run:  Mondays, 6:30 PM   (June 1 – July 27, No RACE on July 9)

Winter Park – Winter Avenue, Danville

Summer outdoor activity that promotes healthy lifestyles and fun for the whole family.  Racers participate from the moment they can walk up to and including top area athletes.  Races vary in length from the 30 yard dash for the youngest competitors to the 1 and 2 mile for the older children.  Children are rewarded each night with a popsicle.  If they attend 5 out of 8 races they also earn a T-shirt.


Summer Fun Runs and Walks: Wednesdays, 6:00 PM
Kickapoo State Park – 10906 Kickapoo Park Road, Oakwood

 Keep kids active through the summer with Fun Runs and Walks at Kickapoo State Park! Everyone will receive a ribbon for completing the 1, 2 or 3 mile course and there will be a cookout hosted by the Kennekuk Road Runners each week weather permitting – participants are asked to bring their own food to grill and something to share, Kennekuk Road Runners will provide the grills and paper products. For more information, contact the Road Runners at krr@kennekuk.com.



Vermilion County Conservation District Summer Camps: Click here for complete schedule of dates
Kennekuk County Park – 22296A Henning Road, Danville
Forest Glen Preserve – 20301 E. 900 North Road, Westville


The Vermilion County Conservation District’s summer programs offer outdoor fun for children 3 through 5. With almost 4,500 acres between Kennekuk County Park and Forest Glen Preserve, children will gain appreciation and knowledge of wildlife and the great outdoors. Camps range from hour long sessions for children 3-5 introducing them to nature with crafts and songs to the week-long Youth Conservation Summit which includes canoeing, fishing, and education on natural resources for students 12-15. For a complete listing of programs available or to register, visit the VCCD website or call (217) 662-2142.


 Summer Art Camps:

Danville Art League – 320 N. Franklin Street, corner of Seminary, in downtown Danville


  • Summer Kids Camp:

For 7-13 years old, 9AM – 12:30PM daily with simple snack.

Cost per week:  $60 first child; each additional child in same family $35


July 6 – 9  Week One:  Sculpture

July 13 – 16  Week Two:  Drawing

July 20 – 23  Week Three:  Painting


  • Kinder Camp:

For ages 5-6 years old, 9AM – Noon daily with simple snack.

Cost per week:  $60 first child; each additional child in same family $35

July 27 – 30


Book Club for Kids: Mondays, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Danville Public Library – 319 N. Vermilion Street, Danville


Danville Public Library’s Book Club is open for all ages and features a story, book-related craft, and snack each week from 4:00 – 5:00 PM. Children  ages 3-5 can also enjoy Wee Wigglers story hour Mondays and Tuesdays 10:00 – 10:30 AM or Monday evenings 6:30 – 7:00 PM. To learn more about children’s programs at the Danville Public Library, visit here or call (217) 477-5225.




MiniAbe National CemetaryRemember:  And I’m proud to be an American, Where at least I know I’m free.  And I won’t forget the men who died, Who gave that right to me. ∼Lee Greenwood            Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday in remembrance of the men and women who have died in wars or in service to their country.  As much as Memorial Day remains a day of reflection and honor, its meaning is often overshadowed by summer barbecues, shopping, blockbuster movie releases, and the long, awaited three-day weekend.  Here are some ways in which we can remember those we honor on Memorial Day:

  • National Moment of Remberance at 3:00 PM
  • Fly the flag
  • Visit a veteran’s cemetary
  • Visit monuments
  • Read and reflect
  • Visit a veteran’s hospital
  • Attend a memorial day parade
  • Create a care package