Atlas 46 Celebrates American Made Day


Since opening its doors in Hillsboro earlier this year, Atlas 46 has been hard at work, crafting premium, American-made products. Their first products are already being sold in the local store and online, and company officials hope someday to grow Montgomery County into an epicenter of premium American-made products.

To celebrate their new home, Atlas 46 is hosting an American Made Day in downtown Hillsboro on Saturday, May 18, with fun for the whole family.

The schedule kicks off with a 4.6 mile run/walk, which will begin and end under a giant American flag upheld by the Hillsboro and Litchfield fire departments on Berry Street. Registration is $4.60 per participant ages 13 and over, and free for those under 13.

This event is sponsored by the Hillsboro Area Hospital Junior Board, Fusion Fitness and Aquatics and Hillsboro Area Hospital, and all proceeds will benefit the MOVE program for veterans at Fusion Fitness and Aquatics.

Prizes will be awarded to the first male, female and child finishers, and there will also be a costume contest to celebrate America and Abraham Lincoln. Participants may sign up the day of the race or contact Jessica Chappelear at Fusion Fitness and Aquatics at 217-532-3896 for more information.

Live music will be provided throughout the day with Nic Gundy taking the stage from 10 to 11 a.m., the Cary Miller Band from 11 a.m. to noon and the Big Shake Daddies from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Kids will also enjoy special kid-friendly activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by the kids tent for All-American temporary tattoos and an Abraham Lincoln face craft. Kids will also have the chance to meet an impersonator of President Lincoln, and he can sign their hats, which can be turned in for prize drawings at noon and 3 p.m.

Youngsters will also have the opportunity to try out special kids' sewing machines at Atlas 46.

From 10 a.m. to noon, participants of all ages will enjoy a historical scavenger hunt, walking through Hillsboro to learn more about the history of the community and the state of Illinois. Historical guides will give a brief overview of each location, and participants can get their passport stamped at each spot and enter it to win prizes at noon.

Hayrides will be given on a tractor-drawn hayride through the historical walk route from noon to 1 p.m.

At 1 p.m., join Atlas 46 officials at their Berry Street location for an official dedication ceremony, mural unveiling and more.

An afternoon scavenger hunt will feature many downtown businesses. The Main Street scavenger hunt will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., and participants will be asked to find an American-made product at each store and get their passport stamped to enter for a chance to win prizes.

The event concludes at 3 p.m. with prize drawings for the Main Street scavenger hunt and autographs with the President Lincoln impersonator.

In addition to all the activities that day, members of the Hillsboro Sertoma Club will be grilling food at their tent, and there will be many local vendors selling American-made products.

In addition to the Atlas 46 events, other local businesses will be joining the fun.

The Old Settlers Association is teaming up with Opera House Brewing Company for the first-ever Old Settlers Car Show Kick-Off Cruise-In from 5 to 9 p.m. The street in front of the brewery will be closed so participants may cruise in and park their cars. Pre-registration for the 36th annual Old Settlers Car Show on Aug. 4, will also be available.

All proceeds from throughout the American Made Day event benefit four local organizations, including Imagine Hillsboro, the MOVE program for veterans at Fusion Fitness and Aquatics, an Atlas 46 Scholarship Fund and a Veterans Prison Ministry Program. Not only will funds go toward these valuable programs, but Atlas 46 is also committing time and resources to help develop these programs.

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