The annual Mahomet Music Festival Parade will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 25. The route will proceed as follows: South on Division Street, East on Union, North on Elm and West on Franklin.
Food Court Vendors
Schedule of Events
Friday, August 24
5 p.m. Festival opens
5 to 10 p.m. Carnival Rides
6:00 p.m. Whiskey River Band with Special Guest John Koller
7:00 p.m. The Finchley Boys
8:00 p.m.Ray Fulcher
9:30 p.m. Mark Chesnutt
Saturday, August 25
9 a.m. Parade
11 a.m. Carrollton
6:00 p.m. Jake Loban & Onoliegh Pommier: Bringing Nashville to Mahomet
6:45 p.m. Kasey Tyndall
8:00 p.m. Adam Sanders
9:30 p.m. Rodney Atkins
Beverage Service Station
Beverage stations will be open Friday, August 24 from 5 PM to 11:30 PM and Saturday, August 25 from 12:30 PM to 11:30 PM.
Be sure to check in at the ID Station to get your wristband. Once you have your wristband, you can purchase your drink tickets, which can be used at any beer, wine or vodka station.
Sangamon River Duck Race
The 8th Annual Sangamon River Duck Race will be happening during the Mahomet Music Festival on Saturday, August 25 at 6 PM. A grand prize is $500 cash! Ducks will be launched from the Bike Path Bridge that stretches over the Sangamon River.
You can sponsor a Duck for $5 each at the following locations: MPRD Office, Village Office, or at USRC Member or online atwww.MahometRecreation.com. All proceeds benefit the MPRD/USRC.
Free Shuttle Service
Gayanne Carpenter for sponsoring the Free Shuttle Service in memory of her husband, Wesley Carpenter.
Don’t stress looking for parking at this year’s festival. A free shuttle service will be provided from the Mahomet IGA grass lot to Downtown Main Street.
The Shuttle Service will be available Friday, August 24 from 6 PM to Midnight and Saturday, August 25 from 10 AM to Midnight.
What You Need to Know
Chestnutt, Atkins and Carrollton to headline Mahomet Music Festival
The 2018 Mahomet Music Festival, formerly known as the Sangamon River Music Festival, will headline country music starts Rodney Atkins and Mark Chestnutt August 24 and 25 at 9:30 p.m., respectively.
The festival committee has also scheduled Christian group Carrollton to take the stage Saturday morning, August 25 at 11 a.m.
Mark Chestnutt was scheduled to appear at the festival in 2017, however, was not able to perform because of Hurricane Harvey.
About Mark Chesnutt
Mark Chesnutt is one of Country’s true musical treasures. Critics have hailed him as a classic Country
singer of the first order and some of Country music’s most elite entertainers, from George Jones to George Strait, echo the sentiment. Mark Chesnutt’s stature is easily gauged. He has 14 No. 1 hits, 23 top ten singles, four platinum albums and five gold records to his credit; he maintains a front-and-center
presence with a hefty tour schedule year after year.
”Mark’s dedication paid off. He developed a true blue fan base. Fans, he confides, “are the reason for my
His fans helped his records to climb the charts one right after the other making him one of
Billboard’s Ten Most-Played Radio Artists of the ‘90’s. Mark’s singles were some the decade’s most
memorable; from the fun tempo “Bubba Shot the Jukebox” to emotional ballad “I’ll Think Of Something.”
Mark is easily identified for his string of hits including “Brother Jukebox,” “Blame It On Texas,” “Old
Flames Have New Names,” “Old Country,” “It Sure Is Monday,” “Almost Goodbye,” “I Just Wanted You To Know,” “Going Through The Big D,” “It’s A Little Too Late,” “Gonna Get A Life,” and one of his biggest, “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing;” a song that held its position at the top of the charts for four consecutive weeks. With a trademarked voice, Chesnutt has set the bar for his generation and those that follow in his footsteps shaping the music of today’s country music newcomers and the new country music format.
About Rodney Atkins
Rodney Atkins is as authentic as they come. Whether he’s taking in a baseball game with son Elijah or
entertaining thousands of fans with one of his many mega-hits, Atkins expresses a refreshing simplicity
and sincerity that reflects the values he holds so dear: Putting family first, making the most of what you
have, and staying true to yourself in a rapidly changing world. Those values infuse Atkins’ many hits,
including the six No. 1 smashes “Take a Back Road,” “It’s America,” “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy),” “These Are My People,” “Watching You” and “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows),” and now his most recent single, “Eat Sleep Love You Repeat.”
Named after a small town in Kentucky, the band Carrollton shares the music of truth and hope
conceived from the struggles and experience they’ve encountered along their loyal journey together.
Forming in 2008, the band now consists of members Jordan Bailey (bass), Michael Loy (drums), Jeremy
Maynard (lead guitar) and Justin Mosteller (lead vocals and guitar). Every member of Carrollton firmly
believes that “family comes first.” Between the four men and their wives, they have 8 young children.
Oftentimes the men will travel through the night on a weekend to get home before their kids wake up,
and the families will also try and make it to weekend-long events or conferences.