Fun Run Road Tour and Downtown Party to Kickoff Corvette Funfest


Published on September 6 2012 3:11 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The City of Effingham’s Tourism Office will be hosting a Downtown Party from 5 to 10 pm Thursday, September 13, to kick-off Mid America Motorworks’ 19th Annual Corvette Funfest, and residents are invited to join in welcoming Corvette enthusiasts to Effingham!

Mid America Motorworks’ Fun Run Road Tour will end in downtown Effingham, with a Corvette parade that will begin at the corner of Temple and Maple, and then proceed down the traditional parade route, ending at the Courthouse square. The Corvettes are expected to arrive downtown around 5:30 pm. Following the parade, the Corvettes will park around the Historic Courthouse and parking lots adjacent to the square.

“We are expecting around 300 Corvettes to participate in this year’s event,” said Effingham Tourism Director Jodi Jackson. “The Downtown Welcomefest 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 Corvettes.”

Activities that evening will also include a Martin’s IGA cookout, frozen custard from Culver’s, live musical entertainment by the Jed Adam Band and FACE Orchestra and giveaways.  Also, Mid America Motorworks is hosting a wine and beer tasting in the vacant lot across from Joe Sippers Café called the “Downtown Cantina.” As the wine and beer tasting wraps up, stay for the Movie on the Lawn, “Cars 2,” courtesy of the Effingham Central Business Group.

“There will be a lot of activity downtown that evening, and we hope residents will join us. There really is something for everyone – fun for the whole family,” said Jackson.

Mid America Motorworks’ Annual Corvette Funfest is expected to bring thousands of visitors to Effingham over the weekend. The event will be held from September 13 to 16 on Mid America’s campus on North U.S. 45.

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