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The 2017 Vietnam Veterans Festival
Thu, Sep 21, 2017, 9:00 AM – Sun, Sep 24, 2017, 12:00 PM CDT
Hello, my name is Jerry Wiese. I am the event coordinator for “The 2017 Vietnam Veterans Festival” and I’ve been asked to give you some more information or updated information about this event. Since it is open to the public everyone is invited to attend even if they are not a Vietnam veteran.
The dates for this festival are Sept. 21, 22, 23 and 24 next year 2017.
The location of this festival is on the property of Mid America Motorworks which is 1.6 miles off of I-57 making it extremely easy to get to.
Yes you will be able to camp on site but please take note that since this is not a true campground, there will be no electric, water or sewer hookups.
Yes there will be a fee charged for camping. All class A’s will be $20 per night and Sept. 21 and 24 are free. All class C’s will be $15 per night and Sept. 21 and 24 are free. All pull behind campers will be $10 per night and Sept. 21 and 24 are free. All tents will be $5 per night and Sept. 21 and 24 are free. So no matter how you look at it you only have to pay for two night max.
All pets are welcome to come but they must be on a leash at all times and not allowed to run loose. And it is the owners’ responsibility for picking up behind them.
Smoking will be allowed in designated smoking areas only. We will have several areas available to smoke in and there will be sand ash trays.
If you arrive by car there will be a $3 parking fee with free parking on Sept. 21 and 24.
The admission fee to the festival will be $15 for adults. Children under the age of 12 will be $10. And children under the age of 6 will be free. The admission fee will be a onetime pay and valid for all 4 days.
As to the activities, we plan to have seminars on Sept. 22 and 23 on such topics as coping with PTSD and Agent Orange.
There will be several guest speakers. Mr. Quang Ngayen who was originally from South Vietnam will be one of our speakers. As well Linda J. Pugsley who was an U.S. Air Force Nurse in Vietnam and is going to sit up a field medical tent that will have some resemblance to an aid station. She retired as a Lt. Col. And she is also one of our Chaplin’s that will be there. I am trying very hard to have a very good friend of mine who happens to have been a South Vietnamese ARVN soldier talk to us as well. He was captured when the South fell and sent to a reeducation camp. He has never spoken in public before and if he even gets on the stage it may be more of a question and answer than a lecture. Mr. Brian P. Sinykin has indicated that he would like to speak to us about what are our options are when our disability claims are denied. We will have at least one Medal of Honor recipitant and aformer POW as well. That is some of the speakers but not all.
We are trying to have the scale model of the “Vietnam Memorial Wall” on display.
Some of the music that we know for sure will be there are DannyB, Lem Genovese, Sarge Lintecum and Bill Ellis. All 4 of these gentlemen have videos available to watch on YouTube. We’re not done there though because we contacted Chris Noel and she plans on being there.
There will be a Huey UH-1E helicopter on site that will offer rides once in a life time rides for some and a memory flight for others. This would/could/should be your last chance to go on that magic carpet ride just one more time. This chance doesn’t come along very often. By the way, that particular Huey served 6 years in Vietnam and was actually shot down once.
In addition to the Huey the Illinois Army National Guard will have on site a UH-60 Blackhawk, several ground vehicles, maybe the Army marching band, some 2 star general that wants to get his picture took with us and maybe even the Golden Knights.
The whole show is scheduled to be broadcast live on Vietnam Vet Radio.
Well I hope I’ve given you a better idea as to what where and when this is going to happen and it can only get better from here because of our time frame.
By the way, I know you’ve heard it said before by someone that their door is always open. I don’t have a door for you to knock on but I do have a phone that you can call. 217-898-1404 any questions, give me a call.
Here are some motels to call in the Effingham area:
Lexington Inn & Suites, address is 1604 W Fayette Ave, Effingham, IL 62401 Phone: (217) 994-9949
Hampton Inn & Suites, address is 1305 N Keller Dr, Effingham, IL 62401 Phone (217) 540-5050
Best Western Raintree Inn, address is 1811 W Fayette Ave Effingham, IL Phone (217) 342-4121
Americas Best Value Inn, address is 1606 W Fayette Ave Effingham, IL Phone (217) 342-4667
Econo Lodge address is 1412 Fayette Ave Effingham, IL 62401 Phone (217) 342-9271
Holiday Inn address is 1301 Avenue of Mid-America, Effingham, IL 62401 Phone (217) 540-777
Comfort Suites address is 1310 W Fayette Rd, Effingham, IL 62401 Phone (217) 342-3151
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson address is 1200 N Raney St, Effingham, IL 62401 Phone (217) 540-5555
Super 8 Effingham address is 1400 Thelma Keller Ave, Effingham, IL 62401 Phone (217) 342-6888
Quality Inn address is 1304 W Evergreen Ave, Effingham, IL 62401 Phone (217) 347-5050
The Delta Inn address is 1509 Hampton Dr, Effingham, IL 62401 Phone (217) 342-4499
Anthony Acres Resort address is 15286 Resort Rd, Effingham, IL Phone (217) 868-2950
ABE Lincoln Motel address is 1108 W Edgar Ave, Effingham, IL 62401 Phone (217) 342-4717
Paradise Inn address is 1000 W Fayette Ave, Effingham, IL 62401 Phone (217) 342-2165
Keller Inn address is 1103 Avenue of Mid-America, Effingham, IL 62401 Phone (217) 540-1111