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Sep
4
Thu
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. www.geneseo.org or 309-944-2686.

Sep
5
Fri
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. www.makeitmacomb.com or 309-299-6810.

Traditional Music Festival @ Lincoln's New Salem
Sep 5 @ 10:00 am – Sep 6 @ 4:00 pm

Performers from all over the Midwest will entertain on such instruments as mountain and hammer dulcimers, concertinas, bones, autoharps, fiddles, banjos and guitars. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. www.LincolnsNewSalem.com or 217-632-4000.

Sep
6
Sat
McLean County Barnkeepers 9th Annual Tour @ Weston-Wates Township
Sep 6 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Self-guided tour of great barns, inside and out. $20 per carload. Registration from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and tours run til 4 p.m. Rain or shine. www.barnkeepers.org or 309-475-6951.

Sep
13
Sat
Prairie Celebration @ Rock Springs Conservation Area
Sep 13 @ 12:00 pm – Sep 14 @ 4:00 pm

Tour an encampment of trappers and traders as they demonstrate their skills, crafts and techniques for creating goods and services during the 1700 and 1800s. There will be items for sale, wagon rides and games for children. Noon-4 p.m. Free admission. www.maconcountyconservation.org.

Sep
20
Sat
Riverside Blues Festival @ Riverside Park
Sep 20 all-day

Enjoy a day of blues music with 7 different bands at the historic band shell in Riverside Park. Food and beverages available. $12 in advance; $15 day of event. www.siblues.com or 608-684-6421.

Annual HarvestFest
Sep 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:45 pm

Saturday features a huge parade, activities, street vendors, fresh food, live music and an antique car, truck and tractor show. 10 a.m.-midnight. www.VisitMenardCounty.com or 217-415-4378.

Railroad Days @ Monticello Railway Museum
Sep 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come ride the vintage passenger and freight trains on the former Illinois Central and Illinois terminal trackage. One of the trains will feature the steam locomotive #401. All-day tickets, as many rides as you want. Food tent also. Trains run 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $18 for adults, $10 for children 2-12, under 2 free. www.myrym.org or 217-762-9011.

Sep
26
Fri
National Public Lands Day
Sep 26 – Sep 27 all-day

Sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service. Free camping at non-reserved campsites on Friday and Saturday night. Shawnee National Forest campgrounds included in the fee waiver are Garden of the Gods, Pounds Hollow, Camp Cadiz, Pine Hills and Johnson Creek. Concessionaire-operated campgrounds are not included in the fee waiver.

Sep
27
Sat
Appleknocker Arts & Science Festival @ Flora High School
Sep 27 all-day

Annual walk and run held prior to festival. Sponsored by the Flora Academic Fdn., includes family fun, food, free admission and entertainment, free parking and shuttle service from football field. Lawn chairs and strollers welcome. NO pets please. Tickets are purchased on-site for food and enrichment activities. 618-676-5558, 618-662-8894 or http://floraschools.com/ and use link to Flora Academic Foundation.