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October 2009


10, Fall Festival in Fulton. Opening of the Windmill Cultural Center, which includes recently donated collection of windmills.

1-3, Greenup Fall Festival. Parade, car show, “Legends Entertainment,” food, craft and flea market vendors, queen pageant, pancake breakfast and more. Celebrating Greenup’s 175th birthday. Located in downtown Greenup. For more information call 217-923-3751 or 217-923-3249.

2-3, Quilt Celebration presented by The Olney Quilt Guild at the Christian Church of Olney. 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday; A judged show, bed turning, a quilt raffle, scissor sharpening, quilt theme raffles, vendors and more. Admission is $3 and includes one free ticket for the “Quilt Theme Raffle.” 618-395-1152 or 618-395-1888.

2-5, Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair held in Chicago as part of the Experience Design weekend. The Fair offers experienced and novice collectors alike the opportunity to shop this amazing anthology of works that range from rare antiquities to modern design, in a variety of price points. For more information visit or call 800-677-MART (6278). Tickets are $15 and are available both online or onsite during the Antiques Fair.

3, Paint the Town Pink, event in Macomb, Ill. There will be a walk/run race, a pink light bulb porch contest, pink lemonade, pink cookies and other pink goodies at Farmers Market. Breast cancer education displays will be located in windows of downtown businesses. Visit for more information.

3, Heartland Solar Tours, Southern Illinois – On Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Find out how your neighbors are trimming energy bills, increasing energy independence, living off grid and taking steps to address global warming here in Southern Illinois. Solar powered homes and businesses will be open for public tours as part of the American Solar Energy Society’s 14th annual National Solar Tour. By going on the Heartland Solar Tour you can learn about solar technologies and the rebates you can receive if you add solar. Find a tour near you by going to or call 800-229-0453

3, Galena Oktoberfest on Galena’s Eastside Riverfront from noon to 2 p.m. Annual German celebration featuring live music, kid’s games, wiener dog races and lots of food and beverages. 815-331-0180 or

3-4, Ropp Road Roundup Fall Festival held at two sites. The Ropp Jersey Cheese Farm located at 2936 Ropp Road in Normal, Ill. where you can view cheese making, take a hayride, milk a cow, and pet baby calves. At Rader Family Farms Pumpkin Patch, 1238 Ropp Road in Normal, Ill., you can explore a corn maze, take a hayride, visit the children’s play area and more! Professional photographer on site. Visit or for more information.

3-4, Stockton Civil War Days – Battle of Morseville on the grounds of the David Pierce Farm near Stockton. Civil War battle reenactment and encampment, period fashion show, medical scenarios and more. Food/beverage available. 815-858-3493 or

3-4, 10-11 Evergreen Cemetery Discovery Walk 2009 in McClean County. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 4 at 302 E. Miller Street, Bloomington (three blocks east of Gene’s Ice Cream Drive In. All characters portrayed on the walk will have a connection to Abraham Lincoln. Advance tickets for the general public are $12 with discounts for museum members, kids and students with I.D. Tickets purchased at the gate will be an additional $2. Call 309-827-0428 for more information.

3-4, Wabash Valley Wine and Art Festival in Palestine. Saturday, 12 – 7 p.m.; Sunday, 12 – 5 p.m. Taste more than 80 wines. Check out the “clothes line art” from the Palestine Art Guild.

3-4, 5th Annual White Hall Civil War Days in White Hall, Ill. Battle re-enacts of the Battle of Shiloh on both days. Tour the Union and Confederate camps, Civil War embalmer, and Civil War surgeons. Special appearance by General U.S. Grant and Mark Twain. Period vendors, kettle corn and homemade root beer. Reenactment held at the White Hall Reservoir a mile east on Lincoln St. off Hwy. 67. Open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. and 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sun. Admission is $3 per adult. Children 12 and under free. For more information contact Mark Brown at 217-927-4301.

3-4, & October Weekends, Scarecrow Fest & Maze Days on Meadowlands Farm in Newark, Ill. Hometown festival with corn grinders, corn shellers, corn maze, corny jokes, kettle corn and a giant-sized box of shelled corn to play in. Open Market with live music. Family and kid’s activities such as wagon rides, scarecrow contest, straw pyramid, pumpkin bowling, and much more. Admission $4, 2 and under free. For more information write to Meadowlands Farm, PO Box 524, Newark, Ill. 60541, log on to, 815-695-5821.

4, Pierre Menard’s Birthday Celebration. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Pierre Menard State Historic Site, 4230 Kaskaskia Road, near Ellis Grove, Ill. Help celebrate the 265th birthday of the first Lt. Governor of the State of Illinois. Tours of museum, home, summer kitchen and gardens given by volunteers in period clothing. or 618-859-3031.

10, Annual Macktown Antiques Roadshow at the Macktown Living History Center in Rockton, Ill. 9 a.m. Appraisers on-site. Simple refreshments available. For information visit or call 815-624-4200.

10, ColorFest activities at Stinson Memorial Library in Anna from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. include a book sale, flea market, crafts, jewelry, food and music. For information visit or call 833-2521.

10, Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, Murder on the Disoriented Express at Collver Family Winery in Barry. 217-335-3279.

10, Leaf Peepers Bicycle Tour near Elizabeth. Fall country bike ride. Choose from 22-60 mile tours. Ride supported with food and drink, maps, road markings, SAG vehicles and professional bike repair. Register at the Jo Daviess/Carroll Area Vocational Center at 950 US Hwy 20 W. in Elizabeth. 815-845-2306 or

10, 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 call 309-359-WINE.

10-11, Autumn Craft Fair at River Ridge School near Hanover. Juried craft fair with over 90 artisans from all over the Midwest. Lots of variety, parking and great food. 815-591-2181 or

10-11, Galena Country Fair at Grant Park in Galena. More than 150 vendors selling original handmade arts, crafts, and fine arts. Fair food, live entertainment, children’s games and farmers’ markets. 815-777-0817 or

16-18, Twenty Dirty Hands. Tour some of the area’s best known pottery and sculpture studios located in and near Galena and Elizabeth, many of which are only open to the public during the tour. Maps are available at the Old Train Depot Visitor Information Center in Galena. 815-777-0644 or

17, Motocross Racing at the Jo Daviess County Fairgrounds in Warren. Participation is open to the public. Exciting race action. Lots of fun. Trophies awarded to the top 5 finishers in each class. 815-275-6686 or

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

24-25, A Gathering of Authors. Meet a variety of Midwest authors. Genre includes fiction, suspense, historic, children and more. Authors sell and sign their books and read selected passages from their work. Located on the second floor of the Colony Blacksmith Shop. 815-646-4748, 309-927-3008 or 309-927-3899.

24, Fifth Annual Moon Over Macomb Festival to be held on the Downtown Square in Macomb, Ill.
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Farmer’s Market starts at 7 a.m. Mayor’s great pumpkin contest will be at 10 a.m. Face painting and costume contest. Free carriage rides! Admission is free.

25, Halloween at the Zoo from 1 – 3 p.m. hosted by Miller Park Zoological Society in Bloomington. Come dressed up in your favorite costume and take part in a costume parade, play games, and meet some up-close creepy animals. This event is free with regular paid Zoo admission and will take place indoors if weather is inclement. For additional information call 309-434-2250 or visit the web site

29, Spooktacular Pumpkin Decorating Contest in Bloomington from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Enter or view our pumpkin-decorating contest with numerous categories including painting, carved, relief-carved, creative and floral pumpkins. Additional categories include Halloween-decorated gingerbread houses and table centerpieces. Prizes by age and category. Best overall winner receives $100 savings bond. For information visit or call 309-663-6474.

30, Annual Mardi Gras celebration in Pinckneyville, Ill. with a children’s parade and business Trick or Treat followed on Oct. 31 with a craft fair/flea market, a main stage full of entertainment, concluding with Illinois’ oldest nighttime parade and a huge 50/50 drawing. Sponsored by the Pinckneyville Chamber of Commerce. For information call 618-357-3243.

31, Annual Halloween Parade down Main St. in Galena starting at 6:30 p.m. The largest and spookiest parade in the tri-state area. Floats, costumes, prizes and treats for guys and “ghouls” of all ages. 815-777-9050 or

31, Oblong’s Annual Fall Follies Food, entertainment, crafts, marching band competition, Halloween costume contest, quilt show (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.). Large Halloween themed nighttime parade. For information visit or call 618-592-4406.


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