Sister Cities of Vandalia is a component of Sister Cities International begun by President Dwight D. Eisenhower as the "People to People" program. Today, there are over 2000 partnerships in more than 140 countries. Vandalia joined Sister Cities in 1975 when it signed Lichtenfels, Germany as its first Sister City. After a tentative first visit by Lichtenfels' Fanfarenzug Band to our Bi-centennial Parade in 1976, the relationship evolved into a biennial exchange that becomes stronger with each visit.
In 1993, Vandalia signed as its second Sister City, Prestwick, Scotland. An unusual factor in this new relationship, is that Prestwick was already paired as a Sister City with Lichtenfels. By signing the partnership agreement with Vandalia, the three cities have created a unique triangular arrangement within Sister Cities International.
Sister Cities is an exciting way for local citizens to expand their cultural, civic and educational horizons. Sister Cities of Vandalia is comprised of citizens from all walks of life, cutting across religious, economic and political lines within the Vandalia-Butler community. Sister Cities brings people here at home closer together, as well as opening a window on the world.
Sister Cities of Vandalia, while sanctioned by the City of Vandalia, is wholly funded by the Vandalia Oktoberfest falls on the first weekend after Labor Day each year.
LICHTENFELS, GERMANY is a small city situated on the Upper Main River in the Oberfranken region of Bavaria. A very picturesque town with remnants of the medieval village that has existed since the 1100's, today Lichtenfels is a bustling modern city mixing the old and the new. Basket making was the historic trade in the Upper Main Valley and today Lichtenfels is widely known as the Basket Capital of Germany. Each year in September the Korb (basket) Fest draws over 200,000 people. As in all German cities, Lichtenfels has a Burgermeister/Council form of government and is the core city for numerous small villages in the surrounding countryside. The people are extraordinarily friendly and wonderful hosts when Vandalians go to visit.
PRESTWICK, SCOTLAND is a small city located in Ayrshire, Scotland on the Firth of Clyde. Although situated by the sea, Prestwick’s primary industry during the Twentieth Century has been associated with aviation. Jetstream Aircraft has been a mainstay of Prestwick’s economy since 1935. Robert Burns, Scotland's renowned poet, was born in the village of Alloway just down the road from Prestwick. Scotland has more golf courses per capita than any other country. Prestwick itself maintains three, including the world famous Golf Club where the first Open Golf Championship was played in 1860. Prestwick is Scotland's oldest Baronial Burgh and the Scottish King Robert the Bruce is said to have found relief from his ailments here in the early 1100's by drinking water from "Bruce's Well". Since 1973 Prestwick has been governed by the Larger Council or Kyle and Carrick, a provost/council form of government. Vandalia is very pleased to be associated with Prestwick and is looking forward to a long and satisfying relationship with our new Scottish friends