Prehistoric Artifact Show
Mar 6 @ 3:00 pm – Mar 8 @ 2:00 pm

The Illinois State Archaeological Society invites everyone to the 28th annual show and meeting with nearly 300 tables of artifacts including arrowheads, spears, etc. Fri. 3-7 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Adults $4, Children 12 or under free. Setup by invitation only. Contact Terry Stumpf 217-942-6083, or

WGEM Home & Living Show
Mar 6 @ 5:00 pm – Mar 8 @ 4:00 pm

The area’s largest show dedicated to the newest in home and living products. Fri. 5-9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m. 217-228-6626.

Home, Lawn and Garden Day 2015
Mar 7 all-day

Sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension McLean County Master Gardeners. Attendees select three workshops from more than 35 topics, One of eight mini-sessions and attend the general session. $50 registration fee includes workshops, vendors and exhibitors, breakfast and lunch and more. Register online at

Galena Winter Farmers Market and Craft Fair
Mar 11 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Market includes 16-20 vendors selling everything from winter produce, eggs, baked goods, meats, crafts, organic soaps and much more. From 4-6 p.m.

Crappie USA Tournament
Mar 13 – Mar 14 all-day

Held on Lake of Egypt, this 2-day Super Tournament could bring home $10,000 + prizes. Kids’ Rodeo sponsored by the Elks Lodge. Pre-tournament seminar will be held at The Pavilion of the City of Marion with weigh-in at Mack’s Lake of Egypt Marina.

Gems of Blue
Mar 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The Eastern Bluebird has made a comeback in southern Illinois. Explore the natural history of this beautiful bird and build a nesting box to encourage them to nest in your area. Register in advance for nesting box materials at 618-657-2064.

St. Patrick’s Day Festival
Mar 21 all-day

Start the day with the 5k run/walk at 9 a.m. Watch the parade at 11 a.m. The Irish Kid’s Fest will feature arts and crafts, games and storytelling at the Murphysboro Youth Center from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and try your hand in the dart tournament or Leprechaun Classic Bocce Tournament at Riverside Park. 618-684-3722 or

Alpaca Show
Mar 21 @ 9:00 am – Mar 22 @ 5:00 pm
Alpaca Show @ Exposition Building | Springfield | Illinois | United States

Free family event. Get up close and personal with alpacas. Get your hands on alpacas, watch show ring competition and visit with alpaca breeders from several states to learn about these wonderful gentle animals. Open to the public Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m. to conclusion of show in early afternoon. 217-414-0266 or

Quilt Spectrum 2015
Mar 27 @ 10:00 am – Mar 28 @ 4:00 pm

This year’s theme is “Boldly Going Where No Quilters Have Gone Before!” Sponsored by Hands All Around Quilt Guild, show will feature more than 200 quilts on display, a bed turning featuring modern quilt designs, quilters’ boutique, demonstrations and more. Rhonda Boyd will display her award-winning quilts. Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Adults $6, Seniors 60+ $5, Children 4-12 $4. For info contact Ruth Novosad 309-830-1937.

State Checkers Tournament
Mar 28 – Mar 29 all-day

The 110th Annual Illinois State Checker Tournament pits players against each other at the center court of the Illinois Star Centre Mall. The American Checker Federation requires a membership for all participants at the ACF sanctioned tournaments. There will be four rounds played on Saturday and three rounds on Sunday. This is a 3-move restriction with pairing by a modified Swiss system.