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June 2009

Horse Show5-7, The 22nd Annual Brocton Springfest and Draft Horse Show in Brocton. Enjoy a parade, a kid’s tractor pull, a draft horse show, a fish fry, games, entertainment and more. 217-385-2450 or

1, Rhubarb Fest at Rockton Township Historical Society in Rockton. A fund raiser for the society, selling the best of their rhubarb baked goods including pies, breads, jam and cookies. Rhubarb punch and other specialties by the serving. 6 p.m. until sold out. 815-629-2210 or

3,10, 17, and 24, 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.

5-7, The 43rd Annual Virginia Bar-B-Que on the square in Virginia. Enjoy a carnival, games, food, entertainment, a flea market, crafts, antiques and raffles. Booth spaces available. or 217/473-1725.

6, The Fourth Annual CAMA Teen Bike Rally in Paris. Riders of all skill levels are welcomed. Rest areas, sag support, maps, t-shirts and lunch are included in the registration. or 217-465-4118 ext 253.

6-7, International Horseradish Festival at Woodland Park, Collinsville, Ill. The Horseradish Festival features free entertainment, food booths, craft fair, horseradish cooking contest, Little Miss Horseradish pageant, children’s games and the annual root derby. 618-344-2884 or

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11-14, Superman Celebration in Metropolis. Come see a 15-foot Superman statue and the Super Museum. Meet Josh Boultinghouse, our Superman, and celebrities from TV’s Smallville and from movies. At Artist Alley you can meet comic book artists and writers, enter a superhero art show, a fan film contest and participate in a movie night. Enjoy an adult costume contest, children’s contests, a car show, a bike ride, a road race, free music every night, a carnival and much more. 1-800-949-5740 or

6-7, Intertribal Pow Wow at the Grand Village of the Kickapoo Park in LeRoy. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Enjoy dancing, handmade jewelry, children’s activities, food and more. Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for kids 6 years and older and elders, free for kids younger than 6 years old. 309-376-3400 or 309-275-6105.

13, Garden Walk in Effingham. Tour five beautiful gardens. 217-868-5159 or 217-342-3382.

13, Community garage sales at Apple Canyon Lake near Galena. 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. or 815-492-2238.

13, Collector’s Caravan on the Pinckneyville Square around the historic courthouse. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Enjoy antiques, collectibles, a flea market, crafts and food vendors. Free. 618-357-3243.

13, Secret Gardens of Menard County throughout Menard County. Enjoy a garden tour from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Advanced tickets are $15 and $20 on the day of the event. Ticket price includes lunch at the Plaid Rooster. 217-632-7928.

13, Donnybrook in the Park at White Park in Hanover. An Irish music festival featuring live entertainment throughout the night, Irish dancers, BBQ, shopping, boat rides and fun.
815-591-3446, 815-591-9963 or

13, The 41st Annual Old Market Day – Skills From the Hills in Galena. Ladies in period
costume will offer produce, homemade baked goods and Rada Cutlery for sale. You can also see heritage skills demonstrations and buy some handmade craft items. 815-858-3392.

13-14, Happy Birthday Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Help the zoo celebrate its 118th birthday! Visitors will enjoy Papa Murphy’s pizza slices, birthday cake, carousel rides, games, face painting, up close animal encounters and more, all free with a regularly paid zoo admission or 309-434-2250.

19-20, The 13th Annual Glorious Garden Festival Garden Walk in Bloomington-Normal. Friday: 1 – 8 p.m. and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Enjoy a community garden walk through eight private gardens. This year’s event offers a variety of unique and unusual gardens, including those with waterfalls and spectacular hardscapes. Special features 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. $12 for adults; $7 for children in advance or $15 for adults; $7 for children on the event weekend. 309/828-1084.

19-21, The Seventh Annual Great Galena Balloon Race at Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa in Galena. More than 20 hot air balloons, three races, a night glow extravaganza, a car show, live music, activities for the whole family, and a Friday night Alefest. 800-892-2269 or

20, Parisienne Garden Walk and Arts Faire in the Park at Methodist Park in Paris. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $5. 217-466-4215.

20, The Illinois Symphony Guild’s “Outdoor Living Space” in Springfield. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. A garden event with an emphasis on family and fun games for children. Refreshments provided. Tickets are $12. 217-546-5563.

20 – 21, The 1900 America Chautauqua at Midway Village Museum in Rockford. Experience non-stop live entertainment from the year 1900 at this national award-winning event. Thrill to demonstrations of sharp shooting and trick riding at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West shows featuring Annie Oakley, meet Teddy Roosevelt, take in a melodrama, rediscover toys and games from 100 years ago and enjoy music, history and famous people from the turn-of-the-20th Century. 815-397-9112 or

20, Casey’s Circus on the Road Costume and Pet Parade in Casey. 10 a.m. Based on the train wreck in September 1941 when several circus animals escaped in Casey, this will feature a Pet Costume contest,
Corn Hole tournament, Circus games, Big Top Market, Pancake Breakfast and much more. 217-932-9229.

26-27, Village of Woodson’s 150th Anniversary in Woodson. Enjoy music, a queen, princess and prince pageant, a quilt show, an antique car show, a semi-truck show and fireworks on Friday night. Saturday will begin with a parade, followed by various games for children through adults. Food will be available throughout. 217-673-5551.

27, Garden Walk and Festival at Redbud Creek Farm in Sheridan. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visit nine gardens, shop for art, crafts and antiques, and enjoy live music. Lunch is available. Designated gardens have children’s activities. Advance tickets: $5; Day of Walk: $6; Children free. 815-496-2169 or

28, Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration at Midtown Marina in East Dubuque. Enjoy a parade on Sinsinawa Avenue at 1 p.m., followed by an antique car show, live music all day, rides, games for all ages and more. Dinner begins at 4 p.m. and is $6 for adults, $3 for kids. Make sure to stay for a huge fireworks show at dusk. Free. 815-747-6860.


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