July – September 2014

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.

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!
Barn Quilt Heritage Trail – McLean County 2014 Opening Event @ David Davis Mansion State Historic Site
Aug 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This marks the third year for the project, which features McLean County area barns and farm buildings decorated with 8×8′ quilt squares painted on plywood. Activities will include local poets reading original poems about the barn quilts and the auction of 2×2′ painted wooden quilt squares. Guidebooks for the barn quilt sites will be available at noon. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored through the University of Illinois Extension in Livingston, McLean and Woodford Counties.

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.

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. or 309-944-2686.

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. or 309-299-6810.