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September 2009

Popeye Picnic

11-13, 30th annual Popeye Picnic in Chester, Ill. Celebrate Popeye’s 80th Birthday with a parade, live music, carnival rides, statue unveiling, Bluto
look-a-like contest, film festival and more. For a complete schedule of events, go

2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 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.

5, A Hometown Celebration in Ste. Marie. Buffet lunch, old-fashioned games, horse-drawn wagon rides, non-motorized parade featuring decorated bikes, wagons, golf carts and just plain fun. 618-455-3227 or

4, 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.

5, Fall Music on Main in Galena. Outdoor dancing at the Green Street Plaza in downtown Galena. Fun, live music, dancing and food. 815-777-9050.

5, Farm and Barn Harvest Fest in Mokena. Celebrate harvest time at historic Yunker Farm. Quilt and craft show, food, entertainment and contests. House and Garden Trolley Tour Courtesy of the Mokena Historical Society. Fresh produce, plants and flowers, antique tractors and toys. Horseback riding and grooming demonstrations. Sheep shearing, goat milking, spinning, soap making and homemade ice cream.

5,12,19,26, Concerts in the Vineyard- Fall 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.

5-6, Echoes of the Past in Apple River. Antique farm equipment demonstration including draft horses, mules and small engines Oak Hill Farm near Apple River. Wagon and carriage rides. Donations accepted. 815-594-2348.

5-6, Shawnee Hills Wine Festival in Cobden. Sample the wines of the 12 wineries on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Enjoy music, arts, crafts and food, as well as vineyard and winery tours. 618-893-4898.

5-6, Coal Creek Festival in Pana. Take part in this one-of-a-kind event held in a log-cabin village setting with era demonstrations, crafts, food and entertainment. 217-562-3222.

5-7, Casey Popcorn Festival in Casey. Kids shows, live bands, carnival, arts and crafts, car show, free popcorn and more! 217-232-2676 or

5-7, Jersey County Victorian Festival in Jerseyville. Enjoy this living history event, featuring a large Civil War Reenactment, Bluegrass music, tours of the Fulkerson Mansion, working artisans, crafts, antiques, collectibles and a variety of great food. Working steam engines, tractors and crawler tractors will plow, thresh and power sawmill. A Duel of Honor, stagecoach robbery and Gettysburg Address will take place daily. Admission is $8 per adult, children ages 7 to 12 are $2; children age 6 and younger are free. 618-498-5590.

6, Ice Cream Social and Craft Fair at Apple Canyon Lake near Galena. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Solar observing and drumming circle. Booths for crafters available. or 815-492-2238.

6, Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard in Mackinaw. Good fun but not “clean” fun as guests compete in two big tubs with “Lucy” style stomping! Judging is done by audience applause and children are welcome to compete as well as adults at this family-friendly event. Live musical entertainment to stomp by and wine tasting is available throughout the day. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. or 309-359-WINE.

10-13, Singles in Agriculture National Fall Festival at Carlyle Lake in Carlyle. Tours, campfire, water sports, nature hikes, dance and more. 815-288-5634 or

11, Boat Parade in Grafton. Come pay tribute to our soldiers and remember our fellow Americans that died on this day. The parade will begin at Grafton Harbor at 6 p.m. and proceed down the Mississippi River. 618-786-7678 or 217-562-3222.

11-13, Ladies Getaway Weekend at the Ramada in Galena. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The shops of downtown Galena will dedicate a full weekend to the celebration of women. Registration includes commemorative tote bag with keepsake ornament and a chance to win a $300 Galena shopping spree. Enjoy an all women’s art show, and “Miracles of the Mind,” a mind-boggling interactive show by hypnotist Brian Imbus at 8 p.m. each night; $20. Sunday brunch spectacular with Hat Lady Jill Rokusek. Great food and fun-filled humor. Admission, $17. Register on-line. or 815-777-9050.

13, Ladies, Pamper Yourself Day at Eccentrics in Stockton. 1 – 5 p.m. Spend an afternoon pampering yourself. Enjoy appetizers, desserts, locally grown wines, mini-manicures and pedicures. Pick out your new fall handbag, accessories, and home decor. 815-947-3701,

17-18, Pike County Color Drive in Pike County. 21st year. Every fall, the Pike County Color Drive provides beauty of rural Pike County bathed in the splendor of autumn. 217-285-2971 or

18, Smiles Day 2009 at Central Park Square in Rushville. 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a grand parade, music, food, and more. 217-322-6602.

18-19, Schuetzenfest 2009 at the Effingham County Fairgrounds in Altamont. Immerse yourself in the culture and heritage of the German pioneers who first settled this region. 618-483-5532.

18-19, The Third Annual Lewistown Fall Festival in Downtown Lewistown. Events include a Paint the Town, Bogart Jones, Friday 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.; Saturday, Phat Kitty 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.; The VFW will host an all you can eat breakfast from 7 – 11 a.m. for $5. Beer garden, Cruse-in from 5 – 8 p.m., Saturday a 50/50 raffle at 9 p.m., fun, food and more. 309-547-4306.

18-20, Tower Hill Community Fall Festival. The 23rd annual festival at the Tower Hill Village Park in Tower Hill, Ill. will feature a coronation, talent show and Karaoke on Friday; car show, motorcycle show, tractor drive, horseshoe tournament, auction, garden tractor pull parade and more on Saturday; followed by church services and a demolition derby on Sunday. 

18-20, Marshall Autumn Fest at the Courthouse Square in Marshall. Enjoy a weekend on the Clark County Courthouse Lawn filled with a variety of events, food and music for the whole family to enjoy! 217-826-8087.

18-20, The Ninth Annual Clark County Antique Power Show at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Marshall. Horse plowing, horse and mule pull, tractor pull, garden tractor pull, kids games, homemade ice cream a flea market, vendors and more. 217-251-6089 or 217-889-3716.

18-20, The 48th Annual Working Farm Show in Atkinson. Live demonstrations of combining beans, picking corn with pull-type equipment from the 50s, threshing oats, cutting corn with a corn binder, shelling corn, running a sawmill and more. 309-944-4982 or

19, The Ninth Annual Shrimp Festival on Main Street in Golconda. A family event. Featuring locally grown prawn, cooked in many ways by several vendors who also serve traditional foods. Music all day by several bands. Carriage rides, face painting, little Miss and Jr. Miss contests, and beer tent. Farmers Market begins at 8:00 a.m. The festival starts at 10:00 a.m. For more information call 618-683-6246 or on line at

19-20, The 39th Annual Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Contest and Crafts Festival at the Logan County Fairgrounds in Lincoln. This fun and educational event has something for all ages – rail splitting, corn shucking, tomahawk throwing, pioneer village, antique cars and tractors, historical displays, a quilt show, crafters, a flee market, kids games, food vendors, Lincoln presentations and much more! 217-732-4795.

19-20, Vintage Illinois at Starved Rock Wine Festival in Utica. Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. The largest Illinois Wine Festival where you can choose to taste and purchase wines from 30 different Illinois wineries and sit back and enjoy the live musical entertainment at Matthiessen State Park.

26, Wine and Music on the Lawn at the Dr. Charles M. Wright House in Altamont. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Purchase a commemorative wine glass and sample wines from Illinois Wineries. The 1889 house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and will be open for tours. $5 for adults and $1 for students. 618-483-6397 or


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Deadlines: August 15 for November Events.

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