Date(s) - 09/09/2017
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Adams County Fairgrounds
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The 4th Annual Mid-America Military Salute event will take place on Saturday September 9th at the Adams County Fairgrounds near Mendon, IL.
Our event is a way for us to “Honor Our Military, Our Veterans & Their Families”. We do this by holding a day long FREE family event in their Honor. This year we will have Military Displays, a Car & Bike Show, A special Vietnam Display, 6 bands covering Rock, Folk,Blues, Country, and Classic Rock, FREE Family Entertainment Zone, Memorial Vehicles, a fireworks show and much more. Beer, Soda and Food Vendors will be on site.
“We feel as an organization that we can never say thank you enough to our Military, our Veterans & Their families. Holding this huge free event is one of the ways we say THANK YOU” said Mid-America Military Salute President and Founder Dave Ulrich
The 2017 Missouri Ayerco stage line-up:
11:00am- Barry Cloyd- Vietnam Veteran (Blues, Folk, Celtic, Original and Roots)
12:30pm- Akoustic Mayhem (Country/Classic Rock/Blues)
2:00pm- NOWAKE (Rock)
4:30pm- Opening Ceremonies
5:00pm- Maximus- Veteran Lead singer (Rock)
6:45pm- Ryan Weaver- Veteran and 2x Gold Star Family Member (Country)
8:30pm- American Hitmen- 2 Veterans (Rock)
10:15pm Fireworks Show
Ryan Weaver- August 17, 2017- Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Sign A Major Deal With Ryan Weaver
What- Country rocker and Army veteran Ryan Weaver will be The Patriotic Voice of the PBR for the “Celebrate America” campaign, which honors American heroes, including service members, law enforcement and first responders.
Big show- Weaver will perform at the PBR World Finals on November 4th & 5th in Las Vegas, duties filled last year by Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler.
Other duties- Weaver also will perform at other PBR tour stops and will sing the National Anthem at several PBR events
PBR will release a Ryan Weaver album, “Celebrate America,” in November produced by country great, Wynn Varble. Proceeds will benefit charities that aid families of fallen heroes.
American Hitmen- From the battlefields in Iraq to the legendary stage of Radio City Music Hall, the American Hitmen have done it all! Brothers and Marine Corps Combat Veterans, Tim and Dan Cord, founded the band with fellow Marines and musicians in 2005. After serving 4 honorable years and 2 combat tours in Iraq, they decided to leave the Marine Corps to pursue a career in music in 2007. The brothers fell into true harmony with the addition of drummer, Phil Snyder, and bassist, Dave Briggs.
In late 2009, the band was invited to be the first American rock band in 36 years to perform in Vietnam. At the Ho Chi Minh City Hard Rock Café, the American Hitmen made brought a new and unfamiliar sound to the Vietnamese people, performing Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” with none other than Run DMC in front of a sold-out crowd on the night of the Hard Rock grand opening.
In 2013, the band auditioned for and made it through 3 elimination rounds on Season 8 of America’s Got Talent, finishing out their run with a pitch perfect live and televised performance at Radio City Music Hall. Within the last 3 years, the American Hitmen have performed alongside some of the most internationally recognized musicians, such as Foo Fighters, Living Colour, Black Stone Cherry, the Charlie Daniels Band, Sheryl Crow, 3 Doors Down, Social Distortion and many more!
In 2016, the band toured Europe and the UK once on their own in April, and were invited back for an Armed Forces Entertainment tour in June/July. The band finished out their second tour by performing for 13,000+ active duty military and their families on Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany! In March of 2017, the Hitmen performed for the US military in Egypt, Romania, and Jordan, becoming the first band to ever perform at any of the bases in those countries!
Family Fun Zone- Everything in the Family Fun Zone is FREE. Family Entertainment Stage with 6 hours of continuous entertainment from 3 acts. Train rides, bounce houses, face painting, Caricature Artist, Order of the Arrow BB Guns Range and much more.
2×4’s For Hope- Will be holding a 2×4 signing event during the 2017 Mid-America Military Salute. You can “buy” a 2×4 for $3 and decorate it anyway you would like. All of the signed 2×4’s from this event will go to the Tri-State Veterans Community Village in Quincy.
Historic Military Impressions- “Historic Military Impressions provides a traveling Vietnam museum. Our program is called “The Viet Nam Experience, America’s First Ten Thousand Day War”. Our programs are staffed with Degreed Award-winning Historians.
Our basic museum program is housed in a 1968 dated U.S. military G.P. medium tent. this tent has an internal area of 594 square feet and is set up to be A.D.A. accessible for older veterans with mobility concerns.”
This display has weapons, uniforms, guns, shells, photos and more.
Dunk Tank- New for 2017, Mid-America Military Salute, will have a Dunk Tank. There is no cost for this, but a donation is recommended. We currently have commitments to sit in the dunk tank from:
Former Miss Quincy and current Miss Quincy Pageant Director, Lindsey Hess
Miss Quincy 2017-Stephanie Dearwester
Miss Quincy’s Outstanding Teen 2017 – Sophia Marcolla
Heather on-air personalty from 105.9 KZZK
Kyle Weisenberger from the 310th US Army Reserve Unit in Quincy, IL
Dave Ulrich President/Founder of Mid-America Military Salute
About- Mid-America Military Salute
Mid-America Military Salute is a registered 501 (c)(3) Not For Profit Organization who’s mission is to “Honor Our Military, Our Veterans & Their Families”. 2017 will be our 4th event.
Mid-America Military Salute is also about giving back to those the serve and have served. The past 2 years, as we will again in 2017, we helped with Christmas Parties for both the 310th US Army Reserve Unit and 1844th Illinois National Guard Unit here in Quincy. Volunteering manhours, money, presents, Christmas Turkeys and even brought Santa with us.
We have also donated money to the Girl Scouts to help with them putting 2 new benches at the Illinois Veterans Home. We have donated to the Illinois Veterans Home Resident Activity Fund. We have helped to build wheelchair ramps for Veterans in our area. We donated a Tree in memory of a Fallen Soldier from the 310th US Army Reserve Unit in Quincy, IL.
Mid-America Military Salute
Saturday September 9th
FREE Parking and Admission
Rain or Shine event
No Outside Food or Drinks
2017 Event website: http://2017salute.com/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/midamericamilitarysalute/