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JUly 2010

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16-17, Chatham Jaycees Sweetcorn Festival at Chatham Community Park in Chatham. Illinois sweetcorn and cow chip throw contest are the main events at this traditional Midwestern summer festival. Complete with games, rides, food and entertainment. 217-414-2639.

1-4, Beecher Fourth of July Celebration in Beecher. Carnival, food, raffles, live music, beer tent, bingo. Parade on July 4th. Something for everyone-bring the entire family! 708-946-2261.

2-4, Thee Old Time Farm Show at Perry Farm Park in Bradley. Learn about the early farm life through actual working tractors, threshers and steam engines from the past century. Stroll down the rows of old tractors and equipment, visit the operating exhibits of old gas engines, the steam engine, the sawmill, threshing and corn shelling. Ask the operators to explain their exhibits and learn about the agricultural equipment that is part of America’s heritage. Contests, petting zoo, food concessions and live entertainment round out the activities. 815-935-7390.

3, Taste of Grayslake on Center Street in Grayslake. Fun and entertainment for the whole family. Fireworks at dusk. 847-223-6888.

3-4, Capital City Celebration in Downtown Springfield. Music, food and drink Saturday until midnight. Sunday, kick off at 3 p.m. with family fun, food and entertainment for all. Fireworks at dusk on Sunday. 217-544-1723.

3-4, Shenandoah Days Pro Rodeo at the Shenandoah Riding Center in Galena. Two rough riding rodeos. Free dance and fireworks each night after the rodeo. 815-777-2373.

3-4, Lakeside Music and Arts Festival at Lake Decatur/Nelson Park in Decatur. Art festival including glass, wood, photography, pottery/ceramic, sculpture, jewelry, painting and mixed media categories. Children’s art shop and patriotic art project. Four entertainment stages spotlight local talent and fireworks show nightly. 217-422-2867.

3-5, “8 Miles of AG-TIQUES” in Orangeville. This event begins on Highway 26 north of Orangeville and runs 8 miles north to Monroe, Wisc. There will be different stops along the way, and each stop will feature different tractors including John Deere, Massey Harris, International Harvester, Oliver, Minneapolis-Moline, Allis Chalmers and other old machinery from the Good Old Days. There will be food, craft shows and fun. 815-281-4571.

3,10,17,24,31, 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 per person. or 309-359-WINE.

3, Southern Gospel Music at The Barn in Pana. Enjoy the Todd Allen Family at 7 p.m. Donations accepted.217-562-3526, 217-539-4221 or

4, Salute to Freedom at the Mt. Vernon Airport in Mt. Vernon. Largest fireworks display for July 4th celebration in southern Illinois. 618-242-3150.

5-10, Dean’s Bluegrass Reunion And Jam Session in Flora. The sound of Vigor, Virtue & Vitality. Come and enjoy an acoustic-only bluegrass jam. Everyone welcome and free admission to spectators. Camping is available on site in Charlie Brown Park and hotel accommodations available in Flora. 618-662-5646.

7,14, 21, & 28, Downs Village Market in Downs. Buy local produce, baked goods, honey, plants, crafts and other handmade items. Master gardeners will be available to answer your gardening questions. 309-378-4223 or 309-378-4294.

7-11, Morgan County Fair at the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Jacksonville. The 63rd Annual Morgan County Fair includes fun for the whole family! Carnival, entertainment, livestock judging and more. Saturday night performance by country star Craig Morgan, singer of hits “International Harvester,” “Redneck Yacht Club” and “That’s What I Love About Sunday.” 217-243-5678.

8 & 22, Summer Community Nights in Fulton. 6 – 8 p.m. Relax and enjoy an old fashion community gathering during Fulton’s summer night programs. Activities include games, music and food for all ages. Most activities are free. For information, contact the Fulton Chamber of Commerce at
815-589-4545 or

9, Park ‘N’ Cruise on Macomb’s Historic Downtown Square for an array of antique, vintage and muscle cars from as far away as Missouri and Wisconsin. Free entertainment, live bands and grilled sandwiches available, or check out one of the many great restaurants in downtown Macomb. All Cruises are from 6-9 p.m.

9-18, Fiesta Days in McHenry. One of the regions favorite family-oriented summer festivals. Top name entertainment, arts and crafts, midway rides and games, food fest, Family Faith Night and a parade. 815-385-4300.

10, Farm Fun Day at the Galena Territory Marina in Galena. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. A great program for kids that allows them to get a taste of agriculture by participating in several educational stations. Children can make their own ice cream, milk a cow, get up close to the farm animals, make a circle of earth bracelet, make butter and more. 815-858-2235.

10, Albion Pork Day USA in Downtown Albion. Imagine the best pork products you’ve ever tasted cooking on grills that stretch for hundreds of feet! Parades, crafts and entertainment also accompany this festival. 618-445-2303.

10, The 10th Annual Family Fun Day Play Day in Godfrey. An old fashioned day of family fun in the park. Carnival games, a washers tournament, dunking booth, climbing wall, an inflatable slide, music, the unveiling of the maze design and much more!

10, 14*, 15 & 16, The Galena Festival of the Performing Arts will be celebrating its 10th anniversary of bringing a series of concerts to the Mid-West region. All concerts are held at 7:30 p.m. at the Grace Episcopal Church on 309 Hill St., Galena, except for the Noon *library (Galena Public Library at 601 S. Bench Street) concert. Programs are subject to change. 815-777-9211 or

10-18, Jersey County Fair in Jerseyville. Food, merchandise, vendors and more. A weeklong annual county fair offering rare glimpses of livestock, agriculture competitions mixed with nightly entertainment. Don’t miss the tractor and truck pulls, rodeo, demo derby and Queen competitions. Admission is $2 per person, children under 13 free. 618-498-3422.

11, Summer And Strawberry Festival at Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton. See how tasty summer can really be. Free. 618-786-2331.

13-18, Stephenson County Fair in Freeport. Old fashioned county fair, with food, carnival rides, animals, entertainment, tractor pulls, business displays, 4-H and more. 815-235-2918.

15-18, Old Settlers Days 2010 in Rockton. Bring the whole family for the parade, music, carnival rides, Trading Post, food booth, fireworks and more at this annual festival. Concerts include an all-star lineup from Country to Rock. 815-624-7625.

16-18, East Central Illinois Antique Farm Equipment Club Annual Show at the Coles County Fairgrounds in Charleston. This year’s feature tractor is the Minneapolis Moline. Enjoy a tractor parade, threshing demonstrations, antique tractor pulls, horse pulls, live music, flea markets and more. Free. 217-348-8898.

17, “A Few Good Murders,” Murder Mystery Dinner Theater at Collver Family Winery in Barry. 217-335-3279.

17-18, Savanna Festival of Wheels Car Show and Craft Fest at the Savanna Depot Park north of Savanna.  Free. Saturday: 100 percent payback Poker Run ($5 per car) and Car Cruise in Mt. Carroll.  Sunday: Festival of ANYTHING on WHEELS, Swap Meet and Craft and Flea Market. 563-451-7458 or

17-18, Heritage Days And Sweet Corn Dinner in Golden. Vendors, food, tours of mill and museum, talent contest, baby contest, parade and many other events to entertain you, plus a delicious sweet corn dinner. 217-445-3151.

17-18, The Seventh Annual Day At The Strip at the Mid American Air Center in Lawrenceville.  Pre-registration by July 1st - $25 ($35 after July 1st) includes car show entry, SCCA autocross course (on Saturday if desired) and timed quarter-mile drag runs (on Sunday if desired), also two tickets for BBQ dinner on Sunday. T-shirt and dash plaques for first 150 registered. Activities start Saturday at 3 p.m. with a cruise-in and SCCA autocross course designed to test driver skill and vehicle handling.  Sunday begins at 8 a.m. with registration, drive-thru judging, kids area, BBQ dinner and timed single run passes down the drag strip. Custom wooden trophies presented at 3 p.m. 618-943-3516.

18, Art and Wine Festival at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard in Mackinaw featuring local and regional Midwest artisans displaying and selling their artwork. The artists invited specialize in ceramics, glass, wood, jewelry, oil painting and fiber. Live music will be performed throughout the day and wine tasting will be available as well in our tasting room and new deck bar area. Free. or 309-359-WINE.

22 – 8/1, “Meet Me in St. Louis” at the Country Theatre Workshop in Cissna Park.  815-457-2626 or

24, The Best of The Barn in Pana. 6 p.m. The Chosen Ones, One Voice Trio, The Patriots and Joanne Clark.  Reserved Seating. Tickets $15.  At 4 p.m. enjoy a catered Kentucky fried chicken meal for $7.  217-562-3526 or

31, Lincoln In Bloomington Festival at the David Davis Mansion, Vrooman Mansion, McLean County Museum of History, and the Burr House in Bloomington. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Enjoy a variety of activity ranging from traditional craft demonstrations, children’s activities, period dancers, musical performances, period costumes and a flag-raising ceremony on the square. 309-827-0428.


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Deadline:Deadline: June 15 for September Events.

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