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Vandalia Grande Levee at the Vandalia Statehouse

10/8/2021 10/9/2021
Friday - 4:30 p.m.; Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Celebrate fall and the return of the Grande Levee in Vandalia, Illinois on the grounds of the Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site, the oldest State Capitol Building in Illinois. The event will be held Friday and Saturday, October 8 and 9, 2021.

The Vandalia Grande Levee is a celebration of the grand receptions held during the 1800s to honor government dignitaries and important visitors when Vandalia was the seat of government in Illinois.

The celebration will begin Friday, October 8 at 4:30 p.m. with an Old-Fashioned Ham and Bean Dinner sponsored by the Vandalia Association of Churches.  The dinner will be followed by musical entertainment and a performance by Randy Duncan, an Abraham Lincoln presenter.

On Saturday, October 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Grand Levee will feature period demonstrations and selling of wares, and a children’s area with fun-filled period games. The Ewington Chapter SAR will have a 16-flag display, with full sized flags used during the American Revolution. At 11:00 a.m. on the front steps of the Statehouse, Mr. Lincoln (Randy Duncan) will take the stage for remarks. At 1:00 p.m., Charles Lyons will present a traveling museum with interesting relics of Lincoln’s time. Children will be invited to gather at 2:00 p.m. for storytelling by Mr. Lincoln. Steve Clark will provide bluegrass music throughout the day.

The Vandalia Grand Levee event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Old Capitol Foundation, and co-sponsored by the Vandalia Historical Society.

All participants and attendees will be required to observe current guidance from the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health regarding face coverings and social distancing.

For more information: 
Event Type: 
Art Show; Culinary; Cultural Resources; Family Event; Festival; Historic Site; History; Music
DNR Region(s): 
5; Statewide
Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site
DNR Park: 
315 West Gallatin Street
City, State ZIP: 
Vandalia IL 62471
Contact person/email: 
618-283-1161 /  
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