Annual event starts at 9 a.m. with rib-cookers firing up the grills and Tour de Donut bicycle racers riding through the main street. Ribfest is 50+/- rib cook-off that is full of fun, music and food. Cook-off winners will receive cash prizes. Ribs available for sale at 5 p.m. Local food and drinks available all day. 618-635-2233.
Come join us as we celebrate and explore the fascinating world of Illinois archeology. This fun, family-friendly event includes excavation site tours, exhibits and hands-on activities for all ages. Learn all about what life was like along the Illinois River 12,000 years ago. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. www.caa-archeology.org, email@example.com or 618-653-4316.
A diverse collection of outdoor sports-related exhibitors will be on hand along with seminars and free autograph signings with personalities from programs featured on the Outdoor Channel, the Sportsman Channel, and the Pursuit Channel. Special events will also include a kids’ zone, Big Buck Wall of Fame and buck scoring opportunities. Adults $6, ages 5-12 $4, under 5 are free. Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. www.centralillianaoutdoorexpo.com or 217-431-2424.
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. www.lakeshelbyville.com/events/walleye.htm or 217-756-3248.
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.
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. www.sterlingmainstreet.org or 815-626-8610.