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Williams Deeyen DaleFrom left: Barry Williams, Eddie Deezen, Tyler Dale    A teen heart-throb from the early 1970s and an actor who specialized in playing nerds will be signing autographs this summer at the sixth annual Greenville Graffiti Car Show in Greenville.
    Joining the actors will be Tyler Dale, who got his start on the TV show “American Restoration” on the History Channel.
    Barry Williams, who starred as Greg Brady on the legendary comedy TV series "The Brady Bunch," and Eddie Deezen, who played Eugene Felsnic in "Grease" and "Grease 2," will appear at the show on Saturday, June 17.  Their appearance continues a Greenville Graffiti Car Show tradition of featuring celebrities.
    “These actors played wildly different characters,” observed John Goldsmith, car show chairman. “But "The Brady Bunch" and "Grease" have such devoted followings. I think Barry and Eddie will draw a diverse crowd to this year’s show.”
    Williams portrayed Greg, the eldest Brady son, from 1969 to 1974.  However, the show has lived on in syndication for generations to enjoy.  He has guested on scores of television shows including "Dragnet," "Adam-12," "Mission: Impossible" and "Murder She Wrote." After the success of "The Brady Bunch," Williams transitioned to musical theater and in recent years has performed regularly in Branson, Missouri.   
    Along with his work in "Grease" and its sequel, Deezen played Herbie the aspiring ventriloquist in Steven Spielberg’s film “1941.”  He also co-starred in "War Games" and did voice-over work for "The Polar Express" and the animated series "Dexter’s Laboratory.”    
    “We’ve been considering several celebrities for this year’s Greenville Graffiti Car Show,” explained Randy Alderman, Greenville Chamber of Commerce vice president.  “I feel we’ve assembled a group that offer something for everyone.”
    Tyler Dale is best known for his bicolor blond/brown hair and his fierce demonstration in the shop from management to hands-on practice. Tyler has experience in many skills, doing everything from welding to plasma cutting to reverse engineering of machinery.  When he is not working on restorations, Tyler also does metal fabrication.  He loves to “make something from nothing.”  Creating and designing is his forte.  
    Tyler loves working on anything old and vintage, one of his favorite aspects of working at Rick’s Restorations. He also started a business called The Tyler Dale Project (www.tylerdale project.com) and does appearances at venues across the country.  He loves meeting fans, discussing projects and admiring amazing cars. In his spare time, Tyler enjoys air bagging trucks and playing with his dog Ranger, a German Shepherd.  He also volunteers at Vegas Shepherd Rescue in Las Vegas, Nevada, and at Camp PossAbility in Indiana.
    Tentatively the celebrities will be signing autographs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 17. Celebrities do charge for autographs.  
    Another car show tradition is the Friday night question/answer program with the celebrities.  Additional details will be announced in the near future on that event.  
    The Greenville Graffiti Car Show, co-sponsored by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and Greenville Tourism, is Saturday, June 17 with registration from 9 a.m. to noon.  It is open to cars and trucks from 1992 and older for judging or any vintage for display only.  Plaques will be awarded to the Top 50 overall and Top 10 pre-49 street rods. Special 50th anniversary awards will go to the top Camaro, Cougar and Firebird.  Another new category is most creative rat rod.  
    Food booths and a craft/vendor fair will also be offered that day.  
    For more information contact the Greenville Chamber of Commerce at (618) 664-9272 or John Goldsmith at (618) 322-2936.  You may also follow the event at Greenville Graffiti Car Show on Facebook.

Carlyle LakeCountry music’s most promising new talent Drew Baldridge headlines Saturday night. The music festival culminates Sunday afternoon with the legendary classic rock band Head East.    Down-home charm combined with a powerful voice and creative songwriting skills make Patoka native Drew Baldridge one of country music’s most promising new talents.
    Baldridge, along with local band members — Travis Holtz of Breese, Simone Simtonton of Carlyle, Devon Dumstorff of Highland and Ryne Von Der Linden of Mascoutah — will return to their southern Illinois roots in June as part of Carlyle Lake’s 50th anniversary celebration.
    “Looking forward to getting back home and playing for my hometown fans,” Baldridge said Monday while traveling across the country as part of SiriusXM’s The Highway Finds Tour.
   The main entertainment stage for the three-day, June 9-11, Carlyle Lake celebration will be located in the Dam West Boat Ramp parking lot, just north of the Dam West beach.
    In addition to a music festival featuring 11 high-energy bands, the stage will feature the Carlyle Lake Commemoration Ceremony, a President Teddy Roosevelt impersonator, mammal, bird and reptile experts and more. (See a full schedule of events on page 5D).
    “We started planning for this event in April 2016 and everything is really coming together,” said Kim Hammel of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake. “This is going to be a big, big celebration, and we invite everyone out to enjoy this community-wide event.”

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