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article number 38
article date 08-02-2011
copyright 2011 by Author else SaltOfAmerica
Sidney Fun Daze (Days) 2011
by Stu Moment

Sidney Fun Daze, July 29th and 30th, 2011, included a Friday evening and whole Saturday packed with entertainment for all. Out of a population of 1100 people, about 2000 showed up … It was great to see people from the surrounding areas. Bands, bingo, a car show, a poker run, a pancake and sausage breakfast, a kids tractor pull, a parade and other activities complimented 2 blocks of vendors and amusement rides. Much of the proceeds went to the Champaign County Humane Society.


The attendance ramped up from the morning activities to the 5 PM parade. I thought that the scheduling was excellent because with increasing crowds came increased socialization. It seems that anyone whom you may have not seen for a year was there. The existence of beer helped make these reunions celebratory.


Coordinator Earl Bennett thanks the 10 or more volunteers which made the events run smoothly. My apologies for not having pictures of all the volunteers. The volunteers made the Fun Daze activity coordination and infrastructure installation, from electricity to porta-potties, look routine to us who got to enjoy the fest ... but you know ... it was a lot of work, both, in planning and execution.



Feudin’ Hillbillys
5 Boys in a Band
Crazy Johnny

Vendors and Amusement Park




Pancake & Sausage Breakfast

Mmmmm ... Cooking Sausage
Mmmmm ... Eating Sausage and Pancakes

Poker Run

In the last few years Dan Wyatt has organized the Sidney Poker Run. This year, he made it part of Sidney Fun Daze. He designed to run to be shorter than in previous years. Upon return, the entrants joined the activities.

Dan taking break after poker run sign-in setup.
Poker run sign-in.
Bikes take off.
Bikes return in time to see the car show and parade plus enjoy the night’s band.

Kids Tractor Pull

Tough work.
Plenty of trophies.

Car Show

Wow ... lots of cars. You will find a separate [photo gallery] article including over 60 pictures of these interesting cars under the Table of Contents topic: Automotive: Cars, Trucks, Bikes, 4-Wheelers … Planes and Trains Too



We will end this article with a gallery of parade participants. Virginia and Tara helped organize a great parade for the second year in a row ... Lot’s of participants locally and from surrounding areas.

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