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september 2010

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2-6, Allerton Music Barn Festival at Allerton Park in Monticello. Concerts by classically-trained musicians, jazz ensembles, soloists and chamber groups. 217-333-1594.

1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Downs Village Market, selling locally grown and select regional produced baked goods and honey, plants and flowers, crafts and handmade items. Master Gardeners are available to answer your questions. For details call Carol at 309-378-4223 or Ruth at 309-378-4294.

2-3, Annual Autumn AKC Responsible Dog Owners Event at the Stephenson County Fairgrounds in Freeport. Meet the breeds and find the dog that is right for you. Enjoy an AKC Licensed All Breed Conformation/Obedience/Rally/Show. 815-519-0130.

3-6, The 57th Annual Hog Capitol of the World Festival,
50,000 pork chops will be grilled and sold to the public. Events include a parade, a carnival, concessions, a craft show, a three-day flea market, live entertainment stages, etc. 309- 852-4644.

3-6, The 12th Annual Prairieland Chautauqua at Community Park in Jacksonville. Event features musical shows, historical storytellers and re-enactors portrayed by professionals, communal suppers and more. 217-243-5678.

4, Baker’s Memorial Fun Fly at Bakers Field in Freeport. Pilots fly radio-controlled model airplanes all day. Enjoy a share-a-dish picnic at noon both days and primitive camping for pilots. 815-235-4777.

4-5, Shawnee Hills Wine Festival in Downtown Cobden. Sample wines from 12 wineries on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Enjoy music, arts, crafts and food. 618-893-4898.

4-6, Herscher Labor Day Celebration in Downtown Herscher. Now in its 89th year, this two-day event features a parade, sporting events, entertainment and down home cooking. 815-935-7390.

4-6, Jersey County Victorian Festival at Hazel Dell Historic Farm in Jerseyville. Enjoy this living history event, featuring a large Civil War Re-enactment, Bluegrass music, tours of the Fulkerson Mansion, working artisans, crafts, antiques, collectibles and a variety of 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. 618-498-5590.

4-6, The 23rd Annual Casey Popcorn Festival at Casey Fairview Park in Casey. Enjoy live bands, kids stage shows, a carnival, arts and crafts, a car show, tractor pulls, karaoke and more. Free popcorn. 217-232-2676.

4, 11, 18, 25, 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. or 309-359-WINE.

5, Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard in Mackinaw. Guests compete in two big tubs while “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; adults $5, children 12 and under free. or 309-359-WINE.

9-11, Atlanta Fall Festival in Atlanta. Enjoy entertainment, including music, a carnival, free petting zoo, a car show and lots of art and craft vendors. Don’t miss out on the great food available from the different vendors, or the pie and cake baking contest and auction. 217-732-8687.

9-12, The 39th Annual Homestead Festival in Princeton. The Bureau County Pork Producers will serve butterfly pork chop sandwiches and dinners at Soldiers and Sailors Park. Take in free tours of the Owen Lovejoy Homestead, the Junior Women’s Club ice cream social, the 5K Run/Walk, a flea market, helicopter ride, arts and crafts show, a burger eating contest, a blues concert in the park, live entertainment at the street dance, a beer garden, parade, pancake breakfast, three-on-three basketball tournament, tug-of war competition and much more.

9–19, “Taffeta Memories” at the Country Theatre Workshop in Cissna Park. 815-457-2626 or

10-11, Mt. Pulaski Fall Festival in downtown Mt. Pulaski. Check out the flea market, entertainment, food and watch the parade Saturday. 217-792-5419.

10-11. Kenney Fall Festival in downtown Kenney. Visit craft booths, food booths and play games. Enjoy the Kenney Fire Department’s chicken dinner. Live entertainment, car show and children’s activities. 217-944-2433.

10-12, Pekin Marigold Festival in Pekin. 309-353-3100.

10, Cedarhurst Craft Fair Preview Night in Mt. Vernon. Jazz, food and beverages, as well as hundreds of vendors’ merchandise. 618-242-1236.

10-11, Viva Quad Cities Festival. Family friendly fiesta on Friday 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. and Saturday
3 p.m. – 11 p.m. Live music, food and arts and crafts vendors during the festival on Bass Street Landing in downtown Moline. 309-277-0937.

10-11, Two Rivers Festival in Aroma Park. Family Fun starts off with a talent show on the 10th. Live
music, parade, games and a pet festival on the 11th. 815-937-1769.

10-12, Cache River Days in downtown Ullin. Flea market, parade, softball tournament, yard sales, BBQ and music. 618-845-3445.

11, 6th Annual Veterans on Parade, 11 a.m. from the Marion Jr. High School on East Main St. Russell St. Units from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, ROTC, VA, VFW, American Legion, bands floats, etc. 618-889-5330.

16-19, Old King Coal Festival honoring the coal miners past and present. 618-937-6419 or

17-19, The 40th Annual Abraham Lincoln National Rail Splitting Contest and Crafts Festival at the Logan County Fairgrounds in Lincoln. Something for all ages- rail splitting, corn shucking, tomahawk throwing, a pioneer village, antique cars and tractors, historical displays, a quilt show, crafters, a flee market, kids games, food vendors, Lincoln presentations, etc. 217-732-8687.

17-19, Marshall Autumn Fest at the Courthouse Square in Marshall. A weekend on the Clark County Courthouse Lawn filled with a variety of events: arts, crafts, a car show, food and entertainment. 217-826-8087.

24-26, Geode Fest in Hamilton at Chaney Creek Boat Access, Hwy. 96 North. Call Mike Shumate at 573-518-4739 for details.

25, What Women Want NOW Expo’ at Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call 217-725-6074 for information.

25, Effingham County Old Settlers Reunion on the Old Courthouse lawn in downtown Effingham. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs.  Fun for all ages, games and prizes, food and re-enactments, period costume characters and more. 217-663-8101.

25, Bean Days in Wayne City. Parade, quilt show, flea market, car and truck show and free ham and beans. 618-895-2215.

25, Jo Daviess County HCE 55th Annual Fall Old Market Day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Old Market House Historic Site, 123 Commerce Street, Galena. Call Marcella Arnold at 815-858-3392 for additional information.

26, The Original Boneheads, a.k.a. The St. Louis Trombone Quartet performance in the lobby of George T. Dennis Performing Arts Center – $10/ticket.


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Deadline: August 15 for November Events.

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