February – March 2014
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. www.horsemenscouncil.org or 217-529-6503.
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.
. For one night, the EPC becomes an Irish pub, its party atmosphere defined by a boisterous, belly-laugh band of hooligans who will have you “Dublin” over in laughter. They’re Irish, they’re American and they’re not holding back! Be sure to catch them from 7:30-10 p.m. Tickets are $35, $25 and $21. www.epc.org or 217-540-2788.
Bring your equipment to Rock Springs’ Information Shelter for a unique chance to fish the Cattail Ponds at night. We recommend lit bobbers and worms for bait. Fishing licenses required for those who need them. Fee is $5/person. 10 p.m.-midnight. Register by 3/20. www.maconcountyconservation.org or 217-423-7708.