February – March 2014

Masters of the Sky @ National Great Rivers Museum
Feb 15 – Feb 17 all-day

Witness a birds of prey demonstration by the World Bird Sanctuary. See eagles, falcons, owls and other birds of prey at this educational and informative program. Show times: 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.

Kites Over Sycamore @ South End of Airport Road
Feb 17 all-day

Come join us for some high flying fun. Create and decorate your own kites, plant a pumpkin, blow bubbles, enjoy cotton candy and popcorn, and of course fly a kite! This event is free to attend and fun for all ages. or 815-895-3456.

Illinois Beef Expo @ Illinois State Fairgrounds
Feb 20 @ 8:00 am – Feb 23 @ 5:00 pm
Field & Stream 2014 Illinois Deer & Turkey Expo @ Prairie Capital Convention Center
Feb 21 @ 2:00 pm – Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm

The annual expo will feature trophy deer contests, photo contests, turkey calling championships, new products expo and trade show. Seminars will be held daily.

The Boat Show @ Illinois State Fairgrounds
Feb 21 @ 2:00 pm – Feb 23 @ 5:00 pm

See a wide variety of pleasure and fishing boats from several local dealers including aluminum and fiberglass fishing boats, ski boats, pontoons, runabout, cruisers and personal watercraft. Bring the whole family to see what new models and options are available. Parking is free.

Celebration of Stephen Mack’s Birthday @ Macktown Living History Center
Feb 23 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for a birthday celebration of Stephen Mack, Winnebago County’s first white settler. Traditional foods, winter skills and games will be showcased. Re-enactors of Native Americans, settler and French fur traders will demonstrate early nineteenth century skills for survival in the harsh winter climate.

Peoria RV Show @ Peoria Civic Center
Feb 28 @ 2:00 pm – Mar 2 @ 7:00 pm

In its 28th year, this show features RVs, boats, ATVs, motorcycles, campgrounds from three states, RV products and repair dealers.

Springfield Area Home Builders Assn. 2014 Home Expo @ Prairie Capital Convention Center
Feb 28 @ 3:00 pm – Mar 2 @ 5:00 pm

Check out the latest innovations in the Building and Remodeling Industry. Attendees will be able to explore two floors of booths featuring local products and services.

Illinois Horse Fair @ Illinois State Fairgrounds
Mar 7 @ 9:00 am – Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm

New for 2014, the Heartland Horseman’s Challenge is a judged competition all three days where four-horsemen/women are given an opportunity to choose and work with a rescue horse, culminating in a freestyle ride and challenge course. The Challenge will allow horsemen to showcase their program and potential talents of their chosen horse, which will be available for adoption throughout the event. Fri., Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Daily admission $10 or weekend pass is $25. Special events $10 general seating or $15 preferred seating. or 217-529-6503.

Living History at Fort Massac State Park @ Fort Massac State Park
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – Mar 9 @ 4:00 pm

L’ecole du Soldat or School of the Soldier will be held for French troops. French and Indian War period living historians from throughout the Midwest will attend this two-day training session. You will see the Marines and the malice as they learn the weapons, drills, marching and tactical maneuvers of the French military in the 1750s. Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 618-524-9321.