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World Freefall Convention July 21, 2006

Posted by j-dub in Entertainment.

This is a good time to be in East Central Illinois, as we have the Champaign County Fair and the World Freefall Convention going on at the same time.

The World Freefall Convention starts today and runs through July 30th in Rantoul. You can get all sorts of info on the convention from their website:


The World Freefall Convention is held in Rantoul at the Rantoul National Aviation Center on the grounds of the former Chanute Air Base. It is a pretty cool experience to see the great numbers of skydivers plummeting from the sky.

The Navy Leap Frops will be participating from July 26th to 30th and there will also be a webcam shown on the World Freefall website. You can even pay ($199 according to the website) to participate in a tandem skydive with a professional skydiver.

It is an interesting event (I’ve been years past) and this year they moved the event up a few weeks in order to help increase attendance numbers which have been dropping over the past few years. However, they might have shot themselves in the foot considering the County Fair is happening at the exact same time.

If you stop by the Freefall Convention, post your thoughts here. I’d like to know what they have out there this year.


Champaign County Fair July 20, 2006

Posted by j-dub in Entertainment.

The fair starts tomorrow, which can only mean two things: eating lots of fair food and being outdoors enjoying the area.

The website for the county fair is here:


Click here for a list of events/entertainment for the fair.

I plan to stop by the fair at some point and check it out. For you country music lovers, there will be NO country music act performing this year. The first time the fair has been without such an event in a really long time; at least according to WIXY.

Other highlights include: demo derby, classic/custom car show, monster truck show, rodeo, motorcycle races, and a truck/tractor pull.

The fair costs $5 for adults and kids 12 and under are free. There is no cost to park either.

So get on out to the fair and check it.

Feel free to chime in with your favorite fair food, event, or other news/stories relating to the fair.