Taste of Galesburg
Jul 24 @ 4:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Features food from area restaurants, music, children’s activities and a beer garden. Entry fee is $5 and food tokens are $1. 4 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Stay for the weekend and attend The Great Balloon Race at Lake Storey Park the following day. or 309-343-2485.

Findlay Walleye Festival
Jul 25 – Jul 26 all-day

Walleye is a feature for the festival with the fish being served daily. Plenty of entertainment, ice cream social, fireworks on Friday, kids games, a farmer’s market, tractor pull, car, truck and motorcycle show, 5K event and more. A large parade starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday and plenty of kids activities and games available both days. or 217-756-3248.


Mill Road Thresherman’s 33rd Annual Show @ Effingham County Fairgrounds
Jul 25 – Jul 27 all-day

33rd Annual Show features tractors, implements, truck, cars, tool and engines, 25 years and older restored or un-restored are welcome. This year’s featured tractors are Minneapolis – Moline and Allis Chalmers. More than 200 tractors at the show. Model train and toy show, car sow, horse farming, Blue Grass shows, chain saw carving, saw mill, truck and tractor and antique tractor pulls, threshing and baling demonstrations, beekeeping display and a Sunday worship service. Donations of canned goods will support local food banks. See website for times event times. Grandstand and parking is free.

Chili Cook-off ICS Illinois State Championship
Jul 26 all-day

International Chili Society (ICS) State event held during the Christian County Agricultural Fair at the fairgrounds. $1000 Grand Prize. Categories: Chili, Chili Verde and Salsa. See website for entry forms and fees: or 217-433-5583.

Sterling Main Street Music Fest @ Grandon Civic Center
Jul 26 @ 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Musical acts for this year’s festival include Charlie Siren, four piece pop punk band; Kyle Henderson, a prolific songwriter with a style that melds blues, rock and soul; and The Cole Brothers who have toured with Tony Orlando, and shared the stage with Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and many more. Doors open at 1 p.m. for all-ages festival. Just $5 for those 13 and up includes great bands, art vendors and a taste of Sterling from a variety of food vendors. or 815-626-8610.

Margaritas & Cheeseburgers Party @ Hill Prairie Winery
Jul 27 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join in the Jimmy Buffet tradition with music by the Boat Drunks, along with cheeseburgers, wine margaritas and fun. 216-635-9900 or

Prairie Pinwheels Quilt Show and Heritage Days @ Carl Sandburg College
Aug 16 @ 10:00 am – Aug 17 @ 4:00 pm

Displaying more than 200 quilts, will include National Quilting Association Judging and viewers choice awards. Challenge quilts, vendors on site including scissor sharpener, door prizes, bed turning, general store, treasure chest and raffle quilt.

Slaw Dawg’s 50/60x Diner 9th Annual Cruise-In @ Slaw Dawg's 50/60s Diner
Aug 16 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Half of all proceeds go to “Santa Jack Bailey.” Last year Jack provided more than 2,000 toys to children in need and has dedicated his life to this cause. Food, fun, entertainment, drawings, singing contest. Trophies for best engine, best paint, best interior, best truck, best of show, best work in progress, people’s choice, Slaw Dawg’s choice and coming the farthest. No entry fee. Bring your lawn chair and come take a step back in time!

44th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair @ Rockton Village Park
Aug 17 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sponsored by the Hononegah Woman’s Club.

44th Annual Rockton IL Arts and Crafts fair @ Rockton Village Park
Aug 17 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


Rockton, Illinois – The 44th Annual Arts and Crafts fair sponsored by the Hononegah Woman’s Club will be held on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at Rockton Village Park at the intersection of Blackhawk Blvd and Union St. in Rockton from 10 am – 4 pm .

Admission is free!