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The Virden Area Chamber Of Commerce has presented a Citizen of the Year award each year since 1998. The award is given to citizens who have given of themselves in service to the community. Total contributions should be above and beyond normal working requirements of this person or person’s profession or position in the community. Individuals and groups are urged to submit names. The nominee must be a resident of Virden or Thayer. Selection will be determined by a board composed of community clubs and organizations in Virden.

Congratulations to the 2017 Citizens Of The Year
-Betty Maquire-

Programs & Events

The Virden Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to support the youth of our community in their goals of higher education with an annual $500.00 scholarship.

The 2017 Scholarship winner was announced at the May Honors Banquet at the school.

High School seniors are encouraged to apply for the scholarship with a written essay. All essays are then submitted to a panel of judges from VACC members to read.  The applicant's name remains anonymous until a winner is chosen.  The VACC President presents the winner with a certificate at the annual Awards night presented by North Mac High in early May.  The winner is invited to attend the next VACC meeting to receive his or her check.

Congratulations to our 2017 recipient, Kierstyn Alexander

Citizen Of The Year

City Wide Yard Sales

Country Christmas

VACC Citizen of the Year

Past Recipients


Citizen of the Year

Junior Citizen of the Year


The Entire Virden Fire Department


Rick Maguire

Miranda Bearden


Dawn "Chicken" Willoughby

Mackenzie Smith


Russell Boehl


Donnie Neighbors


Kenny Hampleman


Sal & Vita DiCarlo


John Alexander & Bill Dodd


Alan Brumfield


Anton Borella


Debbie Kershaw


Wilma Smith — Reischauer


Russ McIniss


Mr. & Mrs. Ted Neighbors


Wayne Joplin


Dorothy Delich


Bill Berry


Lynn Berry


Dave O'Dell


Charlie Jones

City Wide Yard Sales

   Each year the VACC sponsors a City Wide Garage Sale.  Typically, it is held on the Saturday before Father's Day in June.  Residents register in advance for the Virden City Wide Garage Sale and then the Chamber picks up the cost of printing large maps-saving the seller from the cost of running a newspaper ad.  The front of the map marks every sale with a number, and on the back is a short listing of the items for sale at the corresponding numbered location. The maps are available for shoppers to pick up at Chamber member businesses around the square a day or two prior to the event.

   On any given year, you'll be able to shop for treasures at 30 or more different Garage Sales!  Most of the sales begin on Friday evening from 6-8 PM and then reopen on Saturday morning at 8 AM and continue until 2 PM.  The Goodwill Truck comes to town and parks in front of the First Baptist Church beginning at 1 PM for those who would like to drop off leftover sale items for donation.  Grace Place Clothing distribution center accepts donations of clothing, bedding, and towels.

Country Christmas

Virden Country Christmas arrives on the square each December–typically on the first Friday and Saturday.

City Wide Yard Sales

Country Christmas

Chamber Scholarship

Citizen Of The Year

Country Christmas

Chamber Scholarship

Citizen Of The Year

City Wide Yard Sales

Chamber Scholarship

Chamber Scholarship

This year’s sales will be held June 8th & 9th, 2018.

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For this year’s sales.