The City of Effingham’s Tourism Office will be hosting the VW Welcome Fest Downtown Party from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 7, and residents are invited to join in welcoming Volkswagen enthusiasts to Effingham.

Mid America Motorworks’ Fun Run Road Tour will end in downtown Effingham, with Volkswagens set to park in the spaces surrounding the Effingham County Museum. Volkswagens are set to come down Jefferson Avenue around 5:30-6 p.m. Residents are invited to come out for the parade.

With Mid America Motorworks’ 21st Annual Funfest for Air-Cooled Volkswagens expected to bring thousands of people to Effingham over the weekend, the tourism office is excited to kick off the event with a Welcome Fest in the heart of the city.

“We are expecting approximately 250-300 Volkswagens to participate in this year’s Welcome Fest and Road Tour,” said Effingham Tourism Director Jodi Thoele. “The Downtown Welcome Fest is a great opportunity for us to welcome visitors to our community, but also, for residents to come and check out some one-of-a-kind Volkswagens. We try to make it something the whole family can enjoy and we’re excited to add some additional activities to our event this year.”

Activities will include food from Lickin’ My Chicken & Pullin’ My Pork, The Lunch Box, Aunt Kim’s Kettle Corn and Toppins Soft Serve, along with live musical entertainment from the Fairly Odd Duo, great giveaways, a chance to win a Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera and of course, you’ll get to see a variety of Volkswagens. More fun is planned for the kids, including coloring books, bubbles, sidewalk chalk and free face painting by Stang Arts.

“There will be a lot of activity downtown that evening, and we hope residents will join us. And while you’re downtown, make sure to stop by all the wonderful shops to experience downtown Effingham,” said Thoele.

For more information on the Friday night event, contact the Effingham Tourism department at 217-342-5310 or visit For more information about events at Mid America Motorworks, visit

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