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Apr
12
Sat
Antique Tractor Show @ Main Street
Apr 12 all-day

Tractors from several surrounding states line Main Street. Tractor driving contests, trophies, food. www.mainstreetgolconda.org or 618-683-5637.

River to River Relay
Apr 12 all-day

From the Mississippi River to the Ohio River, daylight to dusk, a road race for teams of 8 runners, each runs 3 legs of approximately 3 miles for a total distance of 80 miles. www.river2river.net

An Evening with Jep and Jessica Robertson @ Flora High School Gymnasium
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Flora, Ill. Rotary Club is proud to present an evening with Jep and Jessica Robertson, stars of A&E’s Duck Dynasty. They will be speaking in the Flora High School Gymnasium with a Meet & Greet at 6 p.m. and the general presentation at 7 p.m. For ticket information, or to order your tickets, call 618-662-4322. All proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club’s local community projects.

Apr
18
Fri
11th Annual Spores N More Mushroom Festival
Apr 18 @ 5:00 pm – Apr 19 @ 8:00 pm

In Findlay and Sullivan, come enjoy the thrill of the hunt for the elusive morel mushroom or come and bid at the auction. Friday night kicks off the event with a welcome dinner, reception and speaker in Findlay. Saturday morning, join the hunt for a fee. If you like morels but not the hunt, come to the auction and bid for your winning batch. The hunt and auction will be based out of Sullivan’s Wyman Park. For more information www.lakeshelbyville/events/sporesnmore.htm or 217-774-2244.

 

Apr
20
Sun
Easter Sunrise Service @ Bald Knob Mountain
Apr 20 @ 6:30 am – 8:00 am

Sunrise service held at the 111-foot Bald Knob Cross, music and refreshments. www.baldknobcross.com or 618-893-2344.

Apr
23
Wed
16th Annual Ebertfest @ Historic Virginia Theatre
Apr 23 @ 5:00 pm – Apr 27 @ 11:00 pm

Created by Roger Ebert, a native to Champaign-Urbana, this popular film festival celebrates those “overlooked” films like the ones Ebert championed throughout his career. The festival is five days and features more than a dozen films. Patrons can purchase tickets for individual showings beginning April 1. www.ebertfest.com or 217-356-9063.

Apr
25
Fri
The 2014 Gathering at Macktown Remembrance @ Macktown Living History Center
Apr 25 – Apr 27 all-day

This historic re-enactment brings once more to life the days of the early Illinois frontier. Talk with voyageurs, trappers, Native Americans, militiamen, settlers and craftsmen who have gathered to trade news and goods. Demonstrations of black powder shooting, tomahawk throwing, early crafts and life ways. Period foods and crafts available for purchase. Admission: $7, students $5. www.macktownlivinghistory.com or 815-624-4200.

 

May
2
Fri
Dutch Days @ Heritage Canyon
May 2 @ 10:00 am – May 3 @ 4:00 pm

Join the Early American Crafters of Heritage Canyon for Dutch Days celebration. Experience life in a pioneer village. All buildings will be open. See homes, church, school, covered bridge, general store and more. Watch demonstrations and talk to artists, crafters, vendors and others recreating life in the 1800s. Games and activities for the entire family. Start your day at the Town Hall for the bake sale and information on everything you can see and do. Don’t miss lunch at the Ice Cream Shop and on Saturday stay for the pie and cake social at 1 p.m. Check out the Heritage Canyon Facebook page for photos and information.

May
3
Sat
Disaster Preparedness: Prepare for Tomorrow, Today is the Day Before @ Interstate Center
May 3 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Special speakers, emergency response vehicles, information and local responder booths and displays, door prizes, children’s games and activities, Red Cross blood drive. Free family event to teach about being prepared in time of disaster, learn about safety, indoor and outdoor exhibits. Sponsored by McLean County Association for Home and Community Education. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. www.mcleanhce.org; 309-728-2784 or 309-473-2283.

Heritage Quilt Show 2014 @ St. Paul's Episcopal Church
May 3 @ 10:00 am – May 4 @ 11:00 am

You’re invited to the annual quilt show featuring antique quilts from the Beloit Historical Society and quilts and quilted items loaned by members and friends of the parish. Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. noon-4 p.m. $5, children under 10 free with paying adult. Salad luncheon $5. Raffle items and door prizes available. Willmsab@charter.net