For the third time, Danville has been named Most Spirited Community of The Bourbon Chase.
Representatives from the Bourbon Chase presented the coveted barrel head at Grayson's Tavern on Wednesday morning.
"I am excited to bring the award back to Danville after being away for two years," said Nick Wade, Interim Director of the Heart of Danville. "The City of Danville, Bourbon Chase organizers, the Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Heart of Danville all worked hard to create a fun, safe environment for the runners and their teams."
Danville served as an exchange point on the 200-mile race, which took place October 14 and 15. On the corner of Main St. and 4th St., runners finishing the leg from Perryville to Danville passed the baton to the member of their team who would be running the next leg, to Stanford.
With 6000 people participating in the race, quite a crowd formed downtown starting Friday afternoon. Runners preparing for their next leg could be found snoozing in sleeping bags across Constitution Square Park, and those with a bit of time to kill visited downtown merchants. Weisiger Plaza played host to a vibrant evening, with rock band PaperJam bringing a fun energy to the crowd, followed by DJ MichaelFly, who kept the party feel going into the night.
"The spirit of our Most Spirited Community would not be possible without the tunes of PaperJam, DJ MichaelFly, and the community members and businesses that came out to welcome and celebrate the runners," said Wade.
Downtown merchants and restaurants including Cue on Main, Bluegrass Pizza and Pub, and The Hub Coffeehouse and Cafe kept extended hours and were packed with people into the wee hours. The Kiwanis Club of Danville also had food and beverages for sale in a tent set up on Main Street. Several businesses boasted record sales for the evening, with locals and out-of-owners alike enjoying the festivities.