September – October 2014

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. 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. 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. or 217-762-9011.

National Public Lands Day
Sep 26 – Sep 27 all-day

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.

Appleknocker Arts & Science Festival @ Flora High School
Sep 27 all-day

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 and use link to Flora Academic Foundation.

Wayne City Bean Days
Sep 27 all-day

Sponsored by the Ruritan Club, it celebrates 45 years of Ruritans in Wayne City. Includes ham and beans, flea market and crafts, parade, live music, 5k run, remote air show, firemen’s water fight, rodeo and much more. 618-895-2215.

59th Annual “Fall Old Market Day” @ Old Market House Historic Site
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sponsored by Jo Daviess County Assn. for Home and Community Education. Typical turn-of-the-century outdoor market, ladies in early 1900s costume will offer items for sale, plus see heritage skills demo. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 815-858-3392.

National Alpaca Farm Days @ Timberview Alpacas
Sep 27 @ 10:00 am – Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm

See, pet and feed alpacas, also see fiber spinning, felting and carding demos. Hay rack rides and more. Projects for sale made from fleece of our alpacas. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 309-275-4027. Not available, call to arrange a farm visit.

“Voices of our Past” Cemetery Walk @ Greenwood Cemetery
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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.

Pumpkin Works @ Pumpkin Works
Oct 1 – Oct 31 all-day

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