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Celebration of Metro East area heroes will fill day Sept. 4

Planning continues for a daylong celebration of heroes to take place Sept. 4 at the raceway in Madison.

The Chamber of Commerce Southwestern Madison County is inviting the public to its
Celebrating Our Heroes with a Day of Rockin’Blues, Brew & BBQ.

The event is described as a celebration “of the people who kept us safe and healthy, who kept our store shelves stocked and our homes well furnished.” The day at World Wide Technology Race Track will offer events for the family and will be a recognition and thank you to those deemed essential workers.

The Chamber of Commerce Southwestern Madison County has grouped professions into eight groups and every hour on the hour, throughout the day, one of the groups will be recognized and thanked, starting immediately after the opening ceremonies at 10:45 a.m.

The Granite High School Marching Band with 115 student will kick-off the opening ceremony and London Kimble will be providing the National Anthem. In between the recognition and throughout the day there will be activities, music, crafts, foods, and brews.

The event and its activities have been planned, supported and are being implemented by the Chamber, its members and board and the local business community.

Visitors are invited to bring a lawn chair and spend the day, as part of the community, whether as one of the honorees, as a worker bee, as a volunteer, as a vendor, or as a resident wishing to thank those hundreds of people who work through the pandemic.

Applications for KCBS BBQ contest, the 5K Run /Walk by the Final Lap and applications for Small Business booth as well as craft booths can be found on the dedicated website www.rockin’ There is no charge for these booths.
There will be a $10 parking charge per car or truck after 10 a.m.

The outline of the entire day follows :

8 a.m.: 5K Run / Walk conducted by Final Lap – the race will benefit United Way of Greater St. Louis
Sponsored by Juneau Associates

10:45 a.m.: The Opening Ceremonies will be kicked-off with 115 members of the Granite City High School Marching Band under the direction of Wyatt Roberds,
Director of Bands, Fine & Performing Arts Department.

– London Kimble will sing the National Anthem

– Invocation by Roy Boyer, Pastor Harvest Community Church

– Welcome by Ryan Robertson, chairman of Chamber Board of Directors

– Local mayors

The Opening Ceremonies will close with the Madison High School Marching Band, under the direction of Bernard Long Jr.

Noon: Healthcare /Doctor Nurses/ Pharmacist/Chiropractors/ Funeral Directors on stage
Anticipated to attend so far: Dr. Toniya Singh Cardiologist, Diana Scrum, Chief Nursing Officer Nurse, Liz Conner, Charge RN, Chiropractor – Dr. Christy Darin, Robert Moore Retired CEO, Shane Watson CEO – Al Pelate Medicap Pharmacy, Randy Irwin, Irwin Chapel,
Will be recognized and thanked by Paul Wellhausen, SCF Lewis & Clark
Sponsored by SCF Lewis & Clark

– Kansas City BBQ Contest / Judging starts at noon in the Media Center

– Heartbreak Line / Country Band
Sponsored by Commerce Bank

1 p.m. Manufacturers / Processors /Construction on stage
Anticipated to attend so far: Michael Patton, US Steel, Shelby Rahn, Kraft, Bob Kmetz Prairie Farms, Charles Juneau, Juneau Associates, Jeff Smith icon Construction, John Whitworth, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Dale Hamil, Illinois Electric Works

Will be recognized and thanked by Michael Patton, US Steel Granite City Work
Sponsored by Dale Hamil, Illinois Electric Works

2 p.m.: Educators – Teachers / Parents / Librarians /Not-for-Profits on stage
Anticipated to attend so far: Brad Sparks, SWIC, Tina Hubert, Six Mile Library System, Stephanie Cann, Superintendent School District 9, Andrew Reinking, Superintendent Madison School District 12, Margie Pennell, Principal Holy Family; and others.

Will be recognized and thanked by Bradley Sparks SWIC. Sponsored in Memory of Lance Callis

3 p.m. Retail / Grocery / Restaurant/ Service Workers / Realtors on stage
Dale Hamil, Illinois Electric Works, Dennis Shup, Tool and Machine
Anticipated to attend so far: Danny Green, Century 21 Bailey & Co. Jim Viehman, ACE Hardware, Mike Dixon, Dixon Heating and Cooling, and others.

Will be recognized and thanked by Dale Hamil, Illinois Electric works. Sponsored by NorthPoint

– Kansas City BBQ winners announced and prizes totally $10,000 awarded

– The Fabulous Motown Revue Band. Sponsored by US Bank

4 p.m.: Transportation Bus & Truck drivers / Trains / Cars /Barges on stage
Kenny Inman, SCF Lewis & Clark; Beelman Trucking; Jeff Kohler, Weber Chevrolet & Ford, Paul Wellhausen, SCF Lewis & Clark, and others

Will be recognized and thanked by Kenny Inman, SCF Lewis & Clark. Sponsored by Beelman Truck Company & Beelman River Terminal

5 p.m.: Utility / Sanitation / City, County and Postal Workers
Sue Beatte the City of Madison, Jenna DeYong, City Clerk for Granite City
Norman Sanders – Illinois American Water Company, Brenda Whitaker, Arts, Entertainment & Tourism Granite City, Cathy Hamilton, Economic Development Granite City, and others
Will be recognized and thanked by Jenna DeYong. Sponsored by Ameren Illinois

6 p.m. Bankers / Insurance / Financial Advisors on stage
Rob Schwartz, Busey Bank, Jamie Hoge, Royal Bank of Granite City, Veronica Coleman, Edward Jones, Brandy Robison, Charbonnier State Farm, and others.
Will be recognized and thanked by Robert Schwartz
Sponsored by TradePort

7 p.m. Police, Firemen of our five cities / Military
Will be recognized and thanked by The Director of Illinois State Police Brendan Kelly
Sponsored by Air Products

– Hot Air Balloon Festival

7 p.m. Billy Peek and The Blues
Sponsored by Royal Bank of Granite City

Closing of the event 9 p.m.

In between each of the eight different groups being recognized there will be:

The Kansas City Sanctioned BBQ Competition, Master Series Cook-off

Hot Air Balloon Festival

By World Wide Technology Race Track

5-K Run/Walk / to benefit United Way of Greater St. Louis. Sponsored by Juneau Associates

Go Carts

Craft Beers /Millpond

Food Trucks

Exotic Car Show / the most exotic and expensive cars in the country
Sponsored Korte & Luitjohan Contractors

Craft & Small Business Booths

Music:  Fabulous Motown Revue/ Heartbreak Line & Billy Peek with the Blues!
Demonstrations /Cars / Trucks/ Military Equipment – Sponsored by Weber Chevrolet / Ford

For more information or to answer any questions call Rosemarie Brown at the Chamber of Commerce, (618) 876-6400 event website

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