There are several changes this year to the annual Olde Effingham Days festival.
The festival will be a one-day event April 13, beginning with a parade that starts at 9:30 a.m. There is also a new headline act to close out the festivities, with The Tams taking the stage at 6 p.m.
The Tams, a legendary beach music group, have had hits such as “Be Young, Be Foolish and Be Happy” and “What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am)?”
The parade will line up in the parking lot of the old Bill’s store on Laurel Street and proceed down Laurel to Franklin Street, turn left onto Pine Street past the judges’ review stand and then exit onto Early Street.
Applications for the parade may be picked up and returned to Springfield City Hall.
The Old Jail Museum and Living History Site will have cannon firing on the hour beginning at 11 a.m., and the Sons of Confederate Veterans will have two demonstrations, one at noon and another at 2 p.m.
The official opening of the Blandford Depot will be held that day, and there also will be demonstrations of old artisan skills, children’s activities, live animals, a liquor still demonstration, a blacksmith shop, quilting and a bake sale. Hash and rice will be offered and there will be vendors on site.
The Springfield Garden Club flower show will be held at the Herman and Ruth Gnann House.
Entertainment will be on the stage following the parade, and the Effingham Idol contest will start at 2 p.m., with the tater hawg eating contest afterward.