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August 2009

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1, Dodge Ball Tournament at Gifford Grade School, 6 miles east of Rantoul. The boys’ basketball team will host a dodge ball tournament. The tournament runs all day starting at 8 a.m. Entry forms can be found at 217-840-8200.

1, Park-N-Cruise on the downtown square in Macomb. 6 – 9 p.m. Enjoy vintage, antique and classic cars driven in from miles around. Take pleasure in live entertainment, shopping and dining on the square. 217-837-4855.

1, Antique Auto Exhibition at David Davis Mansion in Bloomington. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Come see the 75-80 antique cars that will be on display, and tour the Mansion. Enjoy concessions and entertainment. 309-827-0175.

1-2, The 149th Annual Jo Daviess County Fair at the fairgrounds in Warren. Livestock shows, exhibits, tractor pull, draft horse pull, motocross and ATV races, entertainment and carnival rides. 815-275-2540.

1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Concerts in the Vineyard-Summer Music Series 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. or 309-359-WINE.

7-8, Hardin County’s 10th Annual Heritage Festival in Elizabethtown. Enjoy a huge Quilt Show, an 1860s style Ladies Tea, a Duck Race on the Ohio river, 1860s era Street Play, Miss Heritage Fest Pageant, gospel singing, food vendor and more. 618-287-4333, 618-287-7090, or

7-9, Oblong Antique Tractor and Engine Show at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Oblong. Admission: $3. Children 12 and younger are free. 618-546-5615.

7-9, Gateway Dulcimer Music Festival at the Lady of the Snows in Belleville. Participate or just share in the music and the fun. Activities for the whole family. Beginner to advance classes 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. for mountain and hammer dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, banjo, autoharp; music jams, resale table, raffle, vendors and evening concerts., or 618-651-8271.

Produce Stand

5, 12, 19 and 26, Village Market in Downs. 4 – 6 p.m. Purchase locally grown produce, fresh baked goods, honey, plants and flowers. Shop crafts and handmade items. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer your questions. 309-378-4294.

8-9, The 42nd Annual Willow Folk Festival, located three miles east of Stockton, then six miles on Willow Rd. at the Willow United Methodist Church. More than 100 amateur and professional bluegrass, country and spiritual singers with acoustic musicians perform from a hay wagon on a country church lawn. Home-cooked food available. No dogs or alcohol allowed on church grounds. 815-947-3789.

13-23, Illinois State Fair at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Enjoy rides, a butter cow, grandstand shows, Ethnic Village, Conservation World,
great food and more.

14-15, Woodstock Tribute at Galt Airport in Woodstock. Celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Woodstock Festival, the world-famous and now historic music and peace festival that drew more than 500,000 to Max Yasgur’s farm, near Woodstock, New York in 1969. Eight bands are scheduled to appear. They include tributes to Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, The Who, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Grateful Dead and Santana.

15, The 15th Mopar Reunion Car Show and Swap Meet in Birkbeck. 9 a.m. Awards given out at 3 p.m. Bring your Mopar and have a day of relaxation with friends. Food will be provided by the Fish Wagon. 217-935-3999.

16, Hummingbird Festival at Hummingbird Haven, four miles south of Smithfield on Fulton County Highway 2. Come and learn how to attract beautiful hummingbirds to your yard. Free. 2 – 5 p.m. 309-783-4375.

22, The 15th Annual Weldon Lions Club Car Show in Weldon. Registration: 3 – 5 p.m. Voting: 5 – 6 p.m. Awards: 7 p.m. Free. 217-736-2559, 217-736-2309 or

22 – 23, The 26th Annual River Valley Antique Association Show in Mapleton. A show featuring John Deere. 309-389-5196, 309-389-4686 or

27-30, Half Century of Progress Show at the Rantoul National Aviation Center Airport in Rantoul. John Deere Clubs will gather for “Legends of Time” to celebrate the 50 year John Deere 8010 and the “30” series, plus enjoy field demonstrations on 400 acres with antiques, the Big Bud, and tractor and horse pulls. or 217-595-5000.

28-30, Cowden Pioneer Days and Central State Sanctioned Rodeo at the Cowden Park in Cowden. Other entertainment will include arm wrestling, a parade, Bingo, flea market, crafts and live bands. There are also historic cabins with periodic and Native American camps set up between cabins. 217-783-6386 or 217-783-2439.

28-30, Apple River Park Days in Apple River. Antique tractor pull, DJ, Daisy Bell the Clown, bingo, kids games, slow pitch tournaments free and half-chicken dinners. 815-745-2194.

29, Riverview Center, Inc.’s Sixth Annual High Flute’n Fashion Show and Silent Auction at Eagle Ridge Resort in Galena. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The theme this year is “Fall into Fashion.” Tickets are $30 and all proceeds will assist Riverview Center in the fight to end sexual violence in the tri-state community. 888-707-8155 or


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