A big weekend in the community

Vandalia Community High School is celebrating homecoming this weekend with a variety of activities, but there is also a lot going on in this area.

The weekend kicks off Friday with the VCHS homecoming parade at 2:30 p.m., induction of Vandal Hall of Fame members before the 6:30 p.m. varsity football game, crowning of homecoming king and queen at halftime and homecoming dance after the game.
Saturday has a full lineup of activities:
• Vandalia’s Little Community Garden Harvest Festival from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Mother of Dolors Parish Center, Seventh and St. Clair streets.
The festival will feature garden produce and plants, as well as about 20 local vendors, Soroptimist International’s “Build a Scarecrow” for kids and lunch.
• The Fayette County Fair Association is holding a Craft and Vendor Fair and Wine-Tasting Event from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the county fairgrounds in Brownstown.
The event, held to raise funds for Fayette County fair pageants, will include about 20 vendors and participation by two wineries. Admission is $5; 10 and under are free.
• Vandalia Historical Society’s “Wine and Ale with Abe,” a wine and beer tasting event on the Vandalia Statehouse lawn from noon-6 p.m.
The event, held to raise funds for the Statehouse window restoration project, will include local artisans, musicians and vendors, and a bags tournament.
The fee for the event, which is open to ages 21 and over, is $20 and includes tasting tickets and wine or pilsner glass.
Those attending are encouraged to take lawn chairs or blankets.
• The National Road Interpretive Center is holding a cemetery walk from 1-4 p.m. at the Old State Burial Ground, during which prominent individuals from Vandalia’s early days will be portrayed by local residents.
Donations for the center will be accepted.
• The Vandalia Alumni Foundation’ All-School Reunion will be held from 5-11 p.m. at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
At 8 p.m., Bryan Radliff and Brian Donley will be presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

This year’s homecoming candidates at Vandalia Community High School are pictured above. From left to right are: freshmen candidates Bray Logsdon and Gavin Mouser, and Elizabeth Cable and Markus Isaia

Brian Donley

Brig. Gen. Bryan Radliff

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