Previous Datebook Months: April 2010 • May 2010
4-5, Rhubarb Festival in Aledo. Free. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Bake sale features more than 2,000 rhubarb pies and other delicious desserts. In addition, there will be a huge craft show (on Saturday only) and flea market, music, food, trolley tours of the town and shopping in the historic district. 309-582-7241.
10-13, Superman Celebration in downtown Metropolis. A Superman Drama kicks off the weekend of contests, food and fun. Comic book and artist show, fan films, street vendors, a carnival and a super car show. 618-524-2714 or www.supermancelebration.net.
2-6, Taste of Wheaton in Wheaton. This yearly festival is complete with food vendors, arts and crafts, carnival rides, children’s games, entertainment, beer garden, business expo, baggo tournament, teen battle of the bands and more! 630-665-4710 or www.wheatonparkdistrict.com.
3-12, “A Nice Family Gathering” at the Country Theatre Workshop in Cissna Park. 815-457-2626 or
4, Park ‘N’ Cruise on the downtown square in Macomb. Entertainment by Keel Clemens and The Bail Out Boys.
4,5,6, Virginia BBQ in downtown Virginia. Enjoy a BBQ, a carnival, a flea market, a parade, a car show and free entertainment with Jimmy Fortune who performed with the Statler Brothers for 21 years. www.virginiabbq.net or 217-452-7786.
4-6, The 69th Annual Harvard Milk Days in Harvard. Enjoy bed races, milk drinking contest, dairy cattle show/demonstrations, midway rides
and games, entertainment, food and the annual parade down the “milky way.” 815-943-4614 or www.milkdays.com.
4-6, Andover’s Colonial Days Festival-Celebrating 175 Years in Downtown Andover. An annual community festival featuring food, a doo-dah parade, games and entertainment, antique toy and collectibles show, special exhibits at museums & lawn tractor square dance. Quilt show and guided tours of historic sites. Veterans Musical Salute at 3 p.m. Andover Colonial Days Worship Service and Pancake Breakfast– breakfast 7 - 11 a.m.; worship service at 9 a.m. 309-476-8228.
4-6, Annawan Fun Days in downtown Annawan. Kick off the weekend with Little Miss Blaze Pageant at the high school gymnasium. Saturday and Sunday feature downtown events – kids games, carnival rides, three-on-three basketball tournament, Rolle Bolle Tournament and craft show. Entertainment and beer garden nightly. Festivities end on Sunday with the parade and the kiddy tractor pull. 309-935-6264 or
5, True Gospel at The Barn in Pana. 7 p.m. An ice cream social will be held during the break. Donations accepted.www.thebarn-pana.com or truegospelonline.com.
5-6, International Horseradish Festival at Woodland Park in Collinsville. This festival features free entertainment, food booths, root toss, root sacking contest, Bloody Mary contest, horseradish cooking contest, children’s activities, game booths and the Annual Root Derby. 618-344-2884 www.horseradishfestival.com.
5, The Second Annual Tractor Drive for the Illinois Rural Heritage Museum in Pinckneyville. The drive starts at 1 p.m. followed by an evening meal and presentation. Sherry Schaefer, the Oliver girl, will lead the drive and be our speaker for the evening. A donation of $35 per tractor is appreciated and includes the evening meal. 618-521-2245 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
5,12,19, 26, Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard in Mackinaw. Live music
concerts performed Saturdays from 7-10:45 p.m. featuring local classic rock music groups. Bring your own folding chair or blanket for lawn seating or call to reserve a spot on the deck for a small fee. Pizza and cheese and crackers available or bring your own picnic. Admission is $5 per person. www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com or 309-359-WINE
for band details.
6, Bark in the Park at Glazebrook Park in Godfrey. Bring your pooch to the park for food, games, prizes, rides, vendors and contests. 618-466-1483.
6, Annual Strawberry Jazz Festival in Kankakee. Enjoy the many talents of our local musicians, artists and crafters; plus the sweet strawberry desserts and strawberries that will be available. A new feature this year will be a Pet Parade with prizes for the best strawberry or jazz-related costume. 815-932-5279.
6, Champagne British Car Festival in Champagne. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Stroll through an outdoor exhibit of British-made automobiles, and enjoy the chance to see one of the James Bond cars driven in the film, “Die Another Day.” This year’s featured car will be the Jaguar. Entries will be judged and trophies awarded. Free; donations welcome. www.champagnebritishcarfestival.com.
6, Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour in Downtown Springfield. Widely considered the finest high-end automotive tour in the world. Thousands of cars will be downtown during the Springfield stop. All makes and models of hot rods, street rods, custom trucks, sport compacts and street machines will be on hand.
317-236-6515 or www.hotrod.com.
7, Annual Rhubarb Fest at the Rockton Township Historical Society museum in Rockton. Bake sale and fundraiser featuring everything rhubarb. 815-629-2210 or www.rocktontownshiphistoricalsociety.com.
12, Annual Galena Territory Garage Sale at the Territory Marina Pavilion at Lake Galena. 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Private home garage sales 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Maps available at the Pavilion the day of the sale. Antiques, furniture, collectibles, clothing, house wares, crafts and more. 815-776-0433 or 815-777-4825.
12, Artists Studio Tour in Mount Carroll. 12 - 6 p.m. Visit artist studios and see demonstrations of their work Maps and information is available at the downtown Mount Carroll Visitors Center. email@example.com.
18-19, Pin Hook Days in Industry. Enjoy food booths, evening special meals, a car show, a craft and flea market, a parade, kids games and more. 309-254-3290 or 309-254-3614.
18-19, The 14th Annual Glorious Garden Festival Garden Walk 2009 in Bloomington-Normal. Enjoy a community garden walk through 10 private gardens. This year’s event offers a variety of unique and unusual gardens, including those with water features and spectacular hardscapes. Special events include complimentary tea and refreshments on the David Davis Mansion grounds and tours through the Davis family’s 1870s, heirloom garden — still in its original location. Tickets: $12-adult; $7-child in advance; $15-adult; $7-child on the event weekend. 309-828-1084.
18-20, “Aladdin” by the Youth on Stage at the Country Theatre Workshop in Cissna Park. 815-457-2626 or www.countrytheatre.org.
25-26, Bethany Celebration in Bethany. A good old-fashioned village festival, held annually at beautiful Crowder Park. Live music, brisket cook-off, motorcycle show, mud volleyball tournament, food and craft vendors, and children’s activities. http://www.freewebs.com/bethanycelebration.
27, The Fourth Annual Independence Day Celebration in downtown East Dubuque. 3 p.m. Enjoy games for the kids, food and live music, followed by a fantastic fireworks display at dusk.
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