Parade Route Map

Dieterich Parade Map

Schedule of Events



Inflatables Playground - Liberty Park
Museum - Civic Center
Sponsored by Dieterich Community Development Cor


Celebration Opening - Main Stage


Band - X-Krush - Concert Stage rock, country, metal


9a - 10p

Inflatables Playground - Liberty Park
Museum - Civic Center

9am -6pm

Tractor Show - Grove North of Pond
Sponsored by Montrose Mutual Telephone Co


Vintage Baseball Game


Quasquicentennial Parade

1am - 4pm

Touch-a-Truck & Fire Safety House - Pine Street
Library Story & Craft - South of Pavilion
Bed Judging - Softball Diamond
Carriage Rides - Park Street

1pm - 6pm

Petting Zoo Sponsored by the Equity - Liberty Park Basketball Court
Kids Train - Liberty Park
Quilt Show - School Cafeteria
Chainsaw Carving - Liberty Park
Tomahawk rowing - Liberty Park


1800's Magic Show - Main Stage

2pm - 3:30pm

Concert - Bad Daddy - Main Stage (rock & alternative)


1800's Magic Show - Main Stage


Kids' Relay Races - check-in at 3:30

4pm - 6pm

Concert - Firebox - Main Stage (bluegrass)

4pm - 7pm

Bar-B-Que Cook-off - Virginia St.
Family Feud Walter vs. Gunther - Main Stage

7pm - 9pm

Concert - Triple Play - Concert Stage (classic rock)

9pm - 12pm

Concert - Fuedin' Hillbillys - Concert Stage (country & rock)



The Singing Blacksmith featuring "The Unfolded Cross" South of Pavilion

11am - 4pm

The Singing Blacksmith Demonstrations
Sponsored by Wright's Furniture & Flooring
Carriage Rides - Park Street

10am - 8pm

Inflatables Playground - Liberty Park
Museum - Civic Center


*The Whip Guy" - Baseball Diamond
Sponsored by J&J Venture

11am - 6pm

Auto Show - Grove North of Pond Sponsored by Probst Auto Body
Kids' Train - Liberty Park
Tomahawk Throwing - Liberty Park


Pitch Tournament - Civic Center
Sponsored by Steppe Family in memory of Eileen

12pm - 4pm

Photo Studio - School Cafeteria
History Tours
Veteran's Memorial & Downtown


*The Whip Guy" - Baseball Diamond


Bed Races - Softball Diamond


Tomahawk Club Throw Demonstration - Liberty Park

1pm - 2:30pm

Concert - The Thoele Sisters Main Stage


*The Whip Guy" Baseball Diamond Right Field


Pedal Tractor Pull
Liberty Park Basketball Court

3pm - 4pm

Beard Contest
Best Dressed Contest
Sponsored by Henkelman Family
Pig Tail Contest Winners - Main Stage


Auto Show Awards - Main Stage


Concert - John Spicer Band Concert Stage country & rock

6pm - 8pm
Concert - Skinny Molly Concert Stage southern rock
5pm - 7pm

Hot Air Balloon Tethered Rides (weather permitting)
Sponsored by Norris Electric


Raffle Drawing - Main Stage


Finale Fireworks

Event Activites

Food and Craft Vendors

Will be open Friday evening and all day on Saturday & Sunday.

Say Cheese

A historic backdrop will be available in the park for snap shots on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, in the school cafeteria, a professional photographer will take your photo with the backdrop and print your photo on the spot!

The Whip Guy

Has been dazzling audiences for over 20 years. e World Champion Whip Cracker has appeared on "The Tonight Show" and "America's Got Talent." Get a preview on YouTube or at

The Singing Blacksmith

Features live blacksmithing demonstrations with stories and song. His first demonstration on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. will be a show entitled “e Unfolded Cross” and carries a special Christian message. Check him out on Facebook!

Activities for kids

Saturday will include a Petting Zoo, games and relays (check in at 3:30), face painting, the Fire Safety House and "touch-a-truck" displays including big trucks and equipment up close. Sunday will feature the pedal tractor pull at 2:00, with registration at 1:30. e inflatables will be open all weekend.

Pitch Tournament

In memory of Eileen Steppe Advance registration available and on Sunday from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. For more information call 217-821-5666 or 217-347-7262.
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The Car Show

Sponsored by Probst Auto Body will be held on Sunday in the grove north of the pond. Categories include Best of Show, Mayor's Choice, Top 30, Best Paint, Best Interior and
Best Engine. Registration from 9:00-11:30 am. For more information, contact Mark Probst at 217-663-0449 or
Download Car Show Flyer

The Tractor Show

Zponsored by Montrose Mutual Telephone Company In the grove north of the pond, share your story by displaying your cherished tractor. Arrive beginning at 9:00 a.m.
in the grove, add your tractor to the exhibit after the parade, or arrive early and join the parade (parade participation optional). Trailer parking south of school parking lot or at the Equity location
for the parade. For more information contact Brian or Jennifer at 217-821-3340 or

Quilt Show

Will be open from 1:00 to 5:00 in the School Cafeteria. Be a part of history and display your treasured quilts. Quilts may be dropped off Friday from noon to 5:00 p.m. and picked up after the show. For more information contact Amy Goeckner at 217-821-6140.

The Beard Contest

Beard Contest An "unofficial" beard contest at 3:30 on Sunday on the Main Stage will pick the best bearded man around. Four categories include Best Mustache, Longest, Thickest, and Overall Best Beard. For more information call Tolliver & Company at 217-347-7428.

The Tomahawk Throwers

Will teach you to throw a Tomahawk! (age 8 & over)

Pigtail Contest

For girls ages 4-10; unbraided pigtails measured from base to end. Judging begins at 2:30 behind the Main Stage with Awards following on the Main Stage. For more information contact the Beehive Beauty Boutique at 217-925-5237.

Vintage Baseball Game

A double-header between the Murphysboro Clarkes and the Rock Springs Ground Squirrels with some local "ballers" taking the field as well. Features old-time "base ball" rules, uniforms and gentlemanly behavior.

Bed Races

Up to 18 teams will compete in races on the softball field on Sunday afternoon. Beds will be displayed for public viewing and Best eme Voting on Saturday outside the School cafeteria. Groups for ages 11-17and 18 & older. For registration or rules contact Ashley at 618-554-3508, Brittany at 217-821-5703, Deanna at at 217-821-5703, Deanna at 217-663-0439 or Tiffany at 217-343-3163.

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Bar-B-Que Cook-Off

Watch Facebook for details or call Jason at 217-831-4414.


Awarded Sunday evening:
Gun Raffle...Henry Golden Boy 22LR Lever Action Dieterich 125 Edition
Boat/Side-by-Side Raffle...winner gets choice of 2018 Ranger RT178, 2018 Polaris Ranger or $12,500 cash.
View Raffle Flyer
Tickets for both raffles available at Village Hall, Dieterich Bank, Wright's Furniture, Wohltman-Aherin Agency, EJ Water, Niebrugge Lumber and on the event.

Dieterich's History

Before any land was ever surveyed in this area, a railroad was being built. This track was known as the Springfield, Effingham and Southern. Unlike the tracks of today, it was a narrow gauge line. If it had not been built, there probably would not be a Village of Dieterich as we know it today.

Michael Dieterich came to Effingham County in 1870, purchasing a half section of wild, untamed prairie land in Section 13 of Bishop Township. He later purchased the other half of the section and had it all fenced in and cultivated by 1883. In 1881, John Grace purchased a portion of Section 12 plus a small portion of Section 13 which adjoined the Michael Dieterich Land and called his land Graceville. In 1882, William and Mary Horn purchased 80 acres in the northeast corner of Section 14, a portion of which was platted and became Horn’s Addition to Dieterich. According to the 1880 Census, there were 75 people living here.

In December of 1880, the railroad lacked eight miles of track to be completed between Newton and Effingham. Soon after, Mr. Dieterich and Mr. Grace had their land platted and Mr. Dieterich donated a portion of the north edge of his land with the understanding a station would be located on the land and named after him. This station was known as Dieterichsburg. Apparently there was quite a bit of rivalry between Graceville and Dieterichsburg. The station was a boxcar placed along the tracks south of the present Parish Center of the former Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. After the Station was established, Dieterichsburg soon became a shipping hub for the surrounding areas for both farming and commercial products. Some of the products shipped included grain, lumber, cattle, hogs, horses, fruit, and creamery products. The railroad also became the center of transportation for the people living in Elliottstown, Eberle, Winterrowd, Island Grove and Bishop. In September of 1883, Dieterichsburg’s first telegraph office opened.

From the start, the railroad had financial difficulities and within a few years this narrow gauge line was sold. It became the Indiana and Illinois Southern and it was widened to the standard width that we see today. Railroad workers had difficulty finding lodging, especially south of Teutopolis due to opposition from many of the landowners, thus, Dieterichsburg had to offer hotels, rooming houses, eateries and saloons to meet their needs.

In March of 1893, the adjoining communities of Graceville and Dieterichsburg voted to incorporate, which was accomplished on April 28th with the first meeting of the Village Council who then appointed an Acting President. The incorporated town was called Dieterich.

Dieterich Quasquicentennial Merchandise

All merchandise items can be purchased at the Dieterich Village Hall office during hours of operation.


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