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DATEBOOK: August 2008


1, The Fifth Annual Brats, Beer and Blues Festival in
Enjoy live Blues music,
tasty brats and a sampling of several
different brews. 815-235-9755 or

7/27-8/2, Coles County Fair at the Coles County Fairgrounds in Charleston. Visit the oldest continuous fair in Illinois. Seven full days of entertainment and excitement await you. Enjoy the carnival, animal shows, Little Miss and Queen pageants, harness racing, a tractor pull and more. 217-345-4526 or

5-10, Boone County Fair in Belvidere. Enjoy everything from animal shows, antique tractors, tractor pulls, entertainment, a carnival, food and much more. 815-544-4066 or

6-17, “All Shook Up!” in Sullivan. Live professional theatre featuring the hip-swiveling hits of Elvis Presley! This musical tells the story of a lonely young girl who dreams of hitting the open road, when into her life rides a guitar-playin’ guy who changes everything. He starts a hip-swivelin’, lip curlin’, musical fantasy that will have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes! 217-728-7375 or

6 and 9, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom at the Children’s Discovery Museum in Normal. 10 – 11 a.m. Learn about letters as we read this fun story and make some fun letter-inspired crafts. or 309-433-3444.

8, All American Night with Lemonade Stand Contest in Downtown Marshall. Games for children, children’s themed lemonade stands, food and entertainment for all. 217-826-9023 or

8-10, The 22nd Annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show at the Crawford County Fairgrounds and Oblong City Park in Oblong. Antique and pedal tractor pulls, a farm toy show, a Flea Market on Saturday and Sunday and more. 618-592-4139 or

Car Show

16, The Second Annual Mount Carroll Cruise-in Car and Truck Show. 5 – 9 p.m. All restored or “in-progress” cars and trucks are invited to attend. Cruise through historic Mount Carroll for this free event. Food, DJ music and fun for the whole family! 815-244-7173.


15-16, Apple Dumpling Festival in Atwood. A family festival with something for all ages: music, games, a parade and food, especially hot apple dumplings with home made ice cream. 217-578-3211.

16-17, Hank’s 4x4 Jamboree at Lasalle Speedway in Lasalle. Truck pulls, dirt drags, back-to-back pulls, mud bogs, monster trucks, quad runnings, coverage by Full Pull magazine and more. 815-434-4077.

16-24, Tour de Lincoln in Ottawa. As an exciting component of our nation’s 2009 celebration of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, the Lincoln Bicentennial Bike Tour will follow as closely as possible the pioneering route followed by Abraham Lincoln from his birthplace in Hodgenville, Ky. to important sites in Springfield, Ill. The bike tour, which will include a superb program of talks by Lincoln scholars, site demonstrations and evening events, is truly a once in a lifetime experience. The tour is more than 360 miles long, arching across flat prairies and beautiful Ohio River country, with modest rolling hills and scenic river bluffs. Camping and hotel/motel options for accommodations will be included in the tour. 800-433-8868, or

17, The Third Sunday Market in Bloomington. Thousands of Midwestern collectors to show the finest in antiques, collectibles and crafts. The indoor/outdoor sale features more than 450 top dealers, representing 17 states. Whether you’re looking for the finest in antique furniture, Americana, folk art, vintage advertising, sport memorabilia or antique linens and clothing you’re likely to find it here. 217-202-2847.

17, The 38th Annual Art and Craft Fair at Village Green Park in Rockton. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. More than 70 artists will be exhibiting creative and original works for your pleasure. Stroll the beautiful little city park downtown, enjoy lunch and take home a piece of
art work to remember your day. Free. 815-624-7511.

22-24, Annual Lake Lou Yaeger Drag Boat Races in Litchfield. Various classes of competition drag boats race speeds in excess of 200 mph. Food, beverages and live music. 217-324-8147 or

22-24, Cherry Valley Festival Days at Baumann Park in Cherry Valley. A three-day family festival including musical and non-musical entertainment on two stages, amusement rides, adult and children’s games and events, bingo, food, fireworks, pie-eating contests and much more. 815-332-2152 or

Balloon Festival







22-24, The 2008 Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival at the Logan County Airport in Lincoln. Experience the beauty and wonder of hot air balloons in flight. Downtown, see all of the art vendors and pick up some beautiful pieces. Activities include several balloon launches, evening balloon glows, musical entertainment, food, an art and craft show, the art of wine and much more. 217-735-2385 or

23, Dora at the Carnival at the Children’s Discovery Museum in Normal. 10 – 11:30 a.m. Grab your map and backpack and join the beloved character, Dora the Explorer, on an adventure to the carnival. Make fun crafts and play fun carnival games. or 309-433-3444.

24, An 1800s Craft Fair at the Postville Courthouse in Lincoln. Enjoy 19th century crafters from surrounding areas demonstrating their skills. Music and other entertainment will also be provided. 217-732-8930, 217-737-0979 or

26-28, Harley Davidson’s 105th Anniversary Celebration in Rockford. Celebrate Harley Davidson’s 105th anniversary at the nation’s oldest Harley Davidson dealer. Two days of music, food, beverages, product vendors, special guests and fun. Twenty-five ride routes with riders from all over the U.S. will pass through for the celebration. 815-332-7125, or

29–9/1, Delavan Fall Festival at the Lake Park in Delavan. This year’s event will honor the bicentennial birthday of Abraham Lincoln with plenty of food and fun. Musical entertainment, a car show, antique and stock tractor pulls, a bike race, a 10K run, a carnival, a fishing derby, a teen dance, fireworks and more. 309-244-7204, 309-244-9184 or

30, Alton Block Party on Third Street in Downtown Alton. Enjoy live music and dancing in the street. Kids’ activities as well as adult festivities. 618-465-6676 or

30-9/1, Annual Amish Country Cheese Festival in Arthur. A large outdoor street festival with something for the whole family including free cheese giveaways, a car show, crafts, flea and food booths, rides, free entertainment and more. 217-543-2242 or

30-9/1, Casey Popcorn Festival in Casey. Kids shows, live bands, a carnival, tractor pulls, arts and crafts, a car show, karaoke, free popcorn and more! 217-232-2676 or

31, Art in the Park in Freeport. This fine arts festival will feature dozens of fine art booths, performing artists, demonstrations of various art mediums and activities. Food will be available. 815-235-6114 or

31-10/28, Country Bumpkin Pumpkin Patch in Kansas. Try our seven mind-stumping mazes and Hillbilly golf. See our barnyard animals, ride the Bumpkin Express and pick your own pumpkins. 217-946-4279 or


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