Each year, downtown Effingham is transformed into an artist’s mecca as artists from all over the region set up shop on the lawn of the Historic Court House Museum and surrounding downtown area in Effingham. The 11th Annual Effingham Artisan Fair kicks off Friday, so come out and join the Effingham community for the “Arts & Hearts” celebration. This year, we are again expanding to include an “Artist Soft Opening,” where over 30 artists will display their art for the community one day early. From 5 to 8 p.m. a variety of events will be held to raise awareness for the arts in the community, including a live art auction benefiting Community Support Systems (ARC), not-for-profit community informational booths, and along with TREC BIG WHEEL races. TREC races will begin at 5:00 p.m., with a Kids Bike Decorating Contest, followed by a Kids Bike Race and then the Adult Big Wheel Race will begin at 5:45 p.m. Jansen's Dance will also perform at 5:00 p.m. along Fourth Street. The Art Auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. We will also have live music in the wine and beer tasting area.
In addition, we’ve brought back beer tasting to the ever-popular wine tasting event. Friday evening will also include sidewalk chalk art, a food fair featuring Martin’s IGA, Sausage Haus, Wildfire Mobile Wood-Fire Pizza and Dad's Smokin' Butt BBQ. We’re also offering some specialty food for all you food-lovers, including Oma Gisi’s German Bakery, The Cookie Jar and Tropical Sno both Friday and Saturday. As mentioned, as part of the event, the Artisan Fair features wine and beer tasting. There will be approximately ten regional wineries and several different craft beers available for tasting. This event will open from 5 – 10 p.m. Friday. The Historic Court House Museum will also be open both Friday evening and Saturday for tours.
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Downtown is transformed into an art gallery with works from over 40 artists, on display for purchase. Artwork for sale includes oil paintings, pottery, jewelry, and sculptures. Several artists will demonstrate their craft at the event. As part of the event, the Artisan Fair features wine and beer tasting. There will be approximately ten regional wineries and several different craft beers available for tasting. This event will open from 12 – 5 p.m. Other activities include the Effingham Public Library's EffingHAM 5K Run and Walk, Kids Korner, sidewalk chalk art, food fair (including IGA, Sausage Haus, Wildfire Mobile Wood-Fire Pizza, Dad's Smokin' Butt BBQ, The Cookie Jar and Tropical Sno) and live musical entertainment at the gazebo. The Historic Court House Museum will be open for tours.
We’re also thrilled to bring you an added bonus for Saturday in the downtown area. The Effingham Central Business Group is sponsoring a Spring Fling event! More information to come on this event in the downtown area.
The Effingham Artisan Fair continues to be a favorite with new events and booths added each year. Come out to support our community and enjoy the arts! For more information about the Artisan Fair, phone 800-772-0750 or 217-342-5310. Also, visit www.effinghamartisanfair.com or our Facebook page “Effingham Artisan Fair.”