September – October 2014
Come ride the vintage passenger and freight trains on the former Illinois Central and Illinois terminal trackage. One of the trains will feature the steam locomotive #401. All-day tickets, as many rides as you want. Food tent also. Trains run 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $18 for adults, $10 for children 2-12, under 2 free. www.myrym.org or 217-762-9011.
Sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service. Free camping at non-reserved campsites on Friday and Saturday night. Shawnee National Forest campgrounds included in the fee waiver are Garden of the Gods, Pounds Hollow, Camp Cadiz, Pine Hills and Johnson Creek. Concessionaire-operated campgrounds are not included in the fee waiver.
Annual walk and run held prior to festival. Sponsored by the Flora Academic Fdn., includes family fun, food, free admission and entertainment, free parking and shuttle service from football field. Lawn chairs and strollers welcome. NO pets please. Tickets are purchased on-site for food and enrichment activities. 618-676-5558, 618-662-8894 or http://floraschools.com/ and use link to Flora Academic Foundation.
The Christian County Genealogical Society and the Assumption Historical Society will present “Voices from our Past”. The tours will be at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. with six people in time period costumes telling their life stories and how they influenced Assumption and the people that lived in the area. Come with us back to the 1800s to hear these true life stories.
Spend a day relaxing on the farm and experience the 7’ tall soybean maze, choice of three hayrides and a hiking trail, private weiner roast fires, a gift shop with pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin fudge and donuts and more. No admission, just pay for activities you choose; some are free. 217-275-3327 or www.pumpkinworks.com.