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Sep
1
Mon
Labor Day Festival @ Horseshoe Lake Community Center
Sep 1 @ 7:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sponsored by the Horseshoe Lake Chamber of Commerce. this festival features a 7 a.m. pancake breakfast, a 10 a.m. barbeque and music in the outside pavilion. Lots of vendors, games for young and old and a raffle. Proceeds benefit the Community Center.

Sep
4
Thu
9th Annual Trains, Planes & Automobiles
Sep 4 – Sep 6 all-day

Join Gen-Air for a fly-in luncheon from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday at Gen-Air Park, 1650th St. off U.S. Hwy. 6W. Friday cruise the Hennepin Canal at Lock 24 off of Grange Road. Saturday the downtown streets fill up with vintage cars from all eras, train engines, airplanes, food and more. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. www.geneseo.org or 309-944-2686.

Sep
5
Fri
Macomb Balloon Rally @ Vince Grady Field
Sep 5 – Sep 6 all-day

Enjoy 30 hot air balloons. There is a mass ascension on Friday evening, a fly-in to Vince Grady Field on Saturday morning, and a flight Saturday evening along with a balloon glow at dusk. www.makeitmacomb.com or 309-299-6810.

Traditional Music Festival @ Lincoln's New Salem
Sep 5 @ 10:00 am – Sep 6 @ 4:00 pm

Performers from all over the Midwest will entertain on such instruments as mountain and hammer dulcimers, concertinas, bones, autoharps, fiddles, banjos and guitars. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. www.LincolnsNewSalem.com or 217-632-4000.

Sep
12
Fri
Antique Engine & Tractor Working Farm Show @ AETA Show Grounds
Sep 12 – Sep 14 all-day

Includes 40 acres of demonstrations and exhibits of agriculture history at its finest and great food! Max Armstrong will film his show from the grounds on Friday. Thresherman’s dinner on Friday and Saturday nights along with a pie auction on Saturday. Shuttle service from Geneseo to show grounds is free.

Sep
13
Sat
McLean County Barnkeepers 9th Annual Tour @ Weston-Yates Township
Sep 13 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Self-guided tour of great barns, inside and out. $20 per carload. Registration from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and tours run til 4 p.m. Rain or shine. www.barnkeepers.org or 309-475-6951.

Prairie Celebration @ Rock Springs Conservation Area
Sep 13 @ 12:00 pm – Sep 14 @ 4:00 pm

Tour an encampment of trappers and traders as they demonstrate their skills, crafts and techniques for creating goods and services during the 1700 and 1800s. There will be items for sale, wagon rides and games for children. Noon-4 p.m. Free admission. www.maconcountyconservation.org.

Sep
20
Sat
Riverside Blues Festival @ Riverside Park
Sep 20 all-day

Enjoy a day of blues music with 7 different bands at the historic band shell in Riverside Park. Food and beverages available. $12 in advance; $15 day of event. www.siblues.com or 608-684-6421.

Annual HarvestFest
Sep 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:45 pm

Saturday features a huge parade, activities, street vendors, fresh food, live music and an antique car, truck and tractor show. 10 a.m.-midnight. www.VisitMenardCounty.com or 217-415-4378.

Railroad Days @ Monticello Railway Museum
Sep 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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.