Funfest 2011 features America's star-spangled Corvette party

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Corvette enthusiasts from around the world are setting their sights on Effingham, Ill. and Mid America Motorworks for the 18th Annual Corvette Funfest. Registration is up nearly 40 percent over last year for Corvette Funfest 2011, set for Sept. 15-18, 2011, confirming its status as the largest Corvette Party in the world.

This year's theme is "America's Star Spangled Corvette Party." What better way to celebrate America's Sportscar than with a red, white and blue theme? A patriotic premium parking display will greet enthusiasts with red, white and blue Corvettes as they enter the show field.

Returning guests will be welcomed with a variety of improvements, including a Show Preview Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. where guests can register, check in and explore Funfest a day earlier than in previous years. Several improvements also have been made to the Funfest grounds, including new roads and an Install Dome.

The Thursday Fun Run Road tour takes enthusiasts through the scenic Effingham countryside to the Courthouse Square in Effingham for a Downtown Party sponsored by the Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau.

This year, Corvette enthusiasts will have the opportunity to tour the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile at Funfest. The American icon will be on display throughout the weekend, giving guests the chance to tour the interior and learn more about the legendary vehicle. Friday evening Mike and Laurie Yager, along with firefly grill, will host "firefly grill + Corvette Funfest = TREC Benefit," a black-tie optional cocktail party at the Yager's home. Tickets for the party are $100 per person and proceeds benefit TREC, Trail Recreation Effingham County.

The Saturday evening concert presented by Neal Tire & Auto Service promises to be a must-see performance. Don Felder, former lead guitarist with rock group The Eagles, will perform "An Evening at the Hotel California" with his band. Sunday at Corvette Funfest 2011 is family day. Other highlights for the event include tethered hot air balloon rides, expert seminars, the Cars for Sale Corral and much more.

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