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TIMES Fall into the Season The leaves are changing and the temperatures are dropping, but that doesn’t mean the FUN in ILLINOISouth ends! Check out all there is to do in our 22 counties!


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n i k p m Pu n u f h c Pat Eckert’s, Belleville

When the leaves start turning in the fall, it’s time to check out the pumpkin crop and design this year’s jack-o-lantern. ILLINOISouth has many farmer’s markets and orchards selling pumpkins, but some go the extra mile with special events every weekend. Pack up the family and spend a day at a Pumpkin Fest! Eckert’s, Belleville

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WESTERN

Braeutigam Orchard 2795 Turkey Hill Ln, Belleville; 618233-4059; braeutigamorchards.com, FB

This farm has been in the Braeutigam family since 1831, but the orchard wasn’t planted until 1935 by Rollin Braeutigam. A few years later, his son and daughter-in-law, Lester and Marie, helped him take the fruit to market in St. Louis. However, the market only wanted green fruit, not their beautiful ripe peaches. Fortunately, people here didn’t mind traveling the mile or so to the farm for the sweet, tree-ripened fruit. Today, Braeutigam Orchards is still family-owned and operated by the sixth and seventh generations with the eighth generation in training. And folks still drive down Turkey Hill Lane for fresh produce in season. Open thru October 31; Monday - Friday: 8am-6pm; Saturday: 8am-5pm; Sunday: 9am-5pm Pumpkin Festival October 10 & 11

Eckert’s Belleville Farm

951 S. Green Mount Rd., Belleville, 618-233-0513; eckerts.com; FB

The first fruit trees were planted by Henry Eckert in 1890 on what is now the Eckert Belleville Farm. The first retail farm stand was opened on the side of the road by Alvin O. Eckert in 1910. Today, the retail operation includes the Orchards, Country Store, Country Restaurant and Garden Center that are operated by the sixth and seventh generations of the family. Open all year, every season is highlighted by special events for families to enjoy. This fall, the Pumpkin Jamboree has live entertainment, delicious festival foods, children’s activities, pumpkins and much more. Plan to bring the whole family to the Jamboree. Hours: Saturdays & Sundays in October, 10am – 5pm No admission fee; tickets are sold for the rides

Eckert’s Fun Farm 2719 Eckert Orchard Ln., Millstadt; 618-476-3260; eckerts.com, FB

Not far from Belleville, the Eckert’s Fun Farm offers a wide variety of activities this fall. The corn maze (Friday - Sunday), Jack-O-Lobber pumpkin cannon, carnival rides, petting farm, Haunted Hayride, jumping pillow, 70-foot mineshaft underground slide, Fort Eckert playground, live shows and more are all included in the admission fee. Oh, yes, there are also pumpkins for sale!

Possum Patch Farms, Olney

Relleke Farms, Pontoon Beach

Admission: $13/person Friday – Sunday 10am – 5pm; $6/person Wednesdays & Thursdays 9am – 1pm Haunted Hayrides – Friday & Saturday 7 – 10pm Additional Haunted Hayrides $5/ person and may be purchased at the ticket booth

Relleke Farm 473 Sand Prairie Ln, Pontoon Beach; 618-797-6858, rellekepumpkinpatch.com, FB

Relleke Farms was founded in the late 1800’s providing homegrown produce to local markets. More than a century later, they still supply produce in season to markets like Dierbergs as well as at their farm. Every weekend in October, Relleke Farms has a major Pumpkin Festival. Lots of food stands, arts and crafts, hayrides, petting zoo, face painting, camel and pony rides and live music are highlights of the event. The market, where you can buy pumpkins, is open during the week also and sells squash, straw, corn stalks and other fall decorations. School groups can make reservations for weekdays. Open: Weekends in October; Free admission and parking continued on page 2


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BOARD OF DIRECTORS BOND COUNTY Adam Boudourais Dennis Potthast, Treasurer CLARK COUNTY Norma Calvert Bailey Maulding CLAY COUNTY Clint Green Chris Thompson CLINTON COUNTY Jim Sullivan Sandy Timmermann CRAWFORD COUNTY Lisa Shaeffer Tom Compton CUMBERLAND COUNTY Billie Chambers Tania Craig

A cooler breeze will soon be upon us with colorful leaves blowing in the wind, reminding us once again, it’s FALL….and what a perfect time of year to Find Your Adventure in ILLINOISouth! Our main stories cover good ol’ BBQ and pumpkin patches. Plus, we’ve got plenty of other fun just waiting for you. Don’t forget to check out our Calendar of Event section beginning on page 14. But before that cooler weather is here, enjoy some last-minute summer fun. Many county fairs will be taking place, so visit ILLINOISouth.org for the schedule!

And just because the kids will soon be back in school, doesn’t mean the fun is over…it continues year-round in ILLINOISouth. Be sure to plan that FALL weekend trip, we’ve got some suggestions on page 12. Wherever the road takes you… safe and happy travels!

DAN KRANKEOLA President/CEO

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EDWARDS COUNTY Debbie Fearn Dennis Turpin FAYETTE COUNTY Mayor Ricky Gottman HAMILTON COUNTY Jerry Prince Monica Tucker JASPER COUNTY Jane Casey Diane Scott LAWRENCE COUNTY Jim Gardner Tom Robinson MADISON COUNTY Rosemarie Brown MARION COUNTY Sonya Germann, Vice Chairman Ben Stratemeyer MONROE COUNTY Clyde Heller Jim Hill PERRY COUNTY Judy Smid Carrie Gilliam RANDOLPH COUNTY Emily Lyons Ronnie White RICHLAND COUNTY Belinda Henton, Secretary Karen Bell ST. CLAIR COUNTY Cathleen Lindauer John West WABASH COUNTY Jim Pfeister Rod Rodriguez WASHINGTON COUNTY Marvin Steinkamp, Chairman Doris Povolish WAYNE COUNTY Gary Sloan Royce Carter WHITE COUNTY Cindy Conley Kathy Sands

STAFF MEMBERS DAN KRANKEOLA President/CEO

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CHRISTINE ORR Sales & Marketing Manager corr@ILLINOISouth.org

ANDY WATERMAN Sales & Marketing Manager awaterman@ILLINOISouth.org

DARLENE CHAPMAN Finance Director dchapman@ILLINOISouth.org

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ELAINE BYRD Office Manager/Executive Assistant JEREMY DRAKE Distribution Representative

CREDITS TAMBER WADE Publication Designer PAT WHITE Writer ANDY WATERMAN Writer KINGERY PRINTING COMPANY Printing

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Pumpkin Blossom Hill 5483 State Rt. 154, Red Bud; 618-2822710; pumpkinblossomhill.com, FB

A visit here includes the Mini Corn Maze, Ball Pit, Tub of Corn, Thomas the Train, Yellow Submarine and the Pumpkin Launcher. No worries; it’s launched by staff. Find a special pumpkin as part of a fun day. Open: Weekends September 20 – October 25. Free admission and parking; Mechanical Bull ride $1; Kettle Corn $2; Soda/water $1/ea.

CENTRAL

Rainbow Ranch 9906 State Rt. 15, Nashville 618-424-7979; rainbowranchzoo.com; FB

Seventeen years ago, Alan Blumhorst opened Rainbow Ranch on his family farm. The barn built in 1850 is still in use. With a menagerie of farm and exotic animals-families, seniors and school groups come to meet the “critters.” Unlike the usual petting zoos, it is obvious here that you are visiting the animals’ homes on a working farm (wear old shoes). Alan will introduce many of them by name (many alliterative). For example, meet Candy the Camel, who gave birth to Cane recently (get it? Candy’s Cane?). Max the Macaw puts on a show, and Ziggy the Rainbow Ranch, Nashville

Zebra is one of the newest arrivals along with Captain the Kangaroo. Open: Wednesday – Saturday, August: 9am – 1pm; September & October: 9am – 5pm; Sunday, Noon – 5pm Admission: $10/ person includes a free pumpkin, Free/ children under 1 year old. Groups of 25+ $8/ person (Teachers with classes Free) Call for reservations Grissom’s

EASTERN

Grissom’s Lost Creek Orchards

Orchards Greenup

680 IL Route 130, Greenup 217-923-3736; FB

Gary and Pat Grissom have been cultivating their orchard since 1963. They started with apple and peach trees, but now include pumpkins on their 70 acres. Families can walk through the orchard to see the farm animals and produce. Usually, they pick the pumpkins to sell, but this year they are planning a hayrack ride with pick your own pumpkins. Fall activities start in September. Open: Daily, 9am – 6pm

Dorney’s Pumpkin Patch 14144 Old US Highway 50, Lawrenceville; 618-943-2699; FB

Pumpkins are available for sale beginning in mid-September, but the fun meter really heats up on weekends in October. Then, in addition to forays into the field to pick your own special pumpkin, the whole family can wind through the corn, straw or fence mazes, look for treasure at the gold mine, take a hay-

ride, play pumpkin bowling or holiday golf, shoot a gourd from a slingshot or ride the choo-choo express…and more. Open: Weekends October 5 & 6 – 26 & 27; Saturday Noon – 5pm; Sunday 1 – 5 pm Field trips by appointment Admission: $8/person covers all activities

Possum Patch Farm, Olney 6734 E. Cleaver Ln, Olney, 618-3021417; possumpatchfarms.com, FB

Four years ago, this field of pumpkins was planted in an unused paddock. The Shawver family had downsized their horse farm, and their daughter, who is a teacher, suggested it. When the crop came in, word about pumpkin picking spread at her school and beyond. Every year more attractions are added, and the crowds have grown. Today, hundreds of people come to find the perfect pumpkin, take a scenic hayride, enjoy crafts, pumpkin and face painting, a bounce pad and an outdoor race track. There’s even an indoor arena with animals to pet and a slide and corn pits that keep kids entertained for hours. Stop by the Country Store for goodies and satisfy everyone’s hunger at the Snack Shop (wood-fired pizza’s on the menu this year). Open: Weekends: September 14 & 15 – October 26 & 27; Saturdays 11am – 6pm; Sundays Noon – 5pm Admission: Adults: $6.50; Children: $4.50. Field trips available during the week by reservation.


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Trail

by Pat White

Go on a Culinary Adventure The aroma of ribs, brisket, pork or chicken slow cooking in a smoker makes your mouth water – even if you didn’t think you were hungry. Lately it seems independent barbecue restaurants are becoming very popular all across ILLINOISouth. Whether it’s in a small town or a larger city, these establishments each have a unique style and flavor that draws hungry customers from miles around. One proof of how good they are is in the awards they’ve earned at BBQ competitions all over the country. The best proof, however, is in the stellar reviews from barbecue lovers everywhere. In the Western Region, Beast Craft BBQ Co. in Belleville stays busy from the minute they open until the meat is gone. The busy counter-serve nook has a few tables and does a heavy carryout business. They serve generous BBQ plates & sandwiches, plus house made sauces, delicious sides and craft beers. Pit Master and Owner David Sandusky left the fine dining world to open Beast. He has earned several honors and won a lot of awards, including “Best BBQ in Illinois” by Food & Wine Magazine, and named one of the “Top 33 BBQ Joints in America” by Thrillist. A few miles south in Millstadt, Smokin K’s BBQ & More offers quality, affordable food to go along with friendly, pleasant and efficient service. Their signature items include pastrami, pulled pork, ribs and brisket along with homemade sides such as potato salad, slaw and macn-cheese. Top it off with one of their unique desserts! Smokin K’s is registered with the Kansas City Barbeque Society and has won numerous awards over the years at BBQ competitions throughout the country. Donna and Terry Reinhardt have enjoyed cooking for many years. Donna grew up in the kitchen with her mother and grandmother, and Terry, who has always loved to BBQ, started doing it professionally in 2009. In 2013, the duo joined forces when Terry asked his friend and coworker, Donna, to help him with a competition. Since then, they have participated in and won numerous competitions, catered parties and events, and even got married. They wanted to create a place where they could combine their love of food, friends, and family (as well as good drinks) - and thus, The Burnt End in Red Bud was born!

Word on the street is that Anthony Hass and Brandon Bauza were backyard barbecue aficionados whose friends and families encouraged them to open a restaurant. So they did! They rehabbed a downtown Waterloo building next door to the Stubborn German Brewery and opened Shorty’s Smokehouse. “We wanted our place to serve barbecue like the old school butcher shops used to do,” Anthony said. Their best sellers are brisket, turkey and ribs. Patrons can dine in, or get a tray of food to take next door to the brewery. Shorty’s also sells their brisket to the Hopskeller Brewery for their pizza, and sells pork rinds and pulled pork to other outlets in the area. Anthony says they “spread the wealth” and have a chance for folks who haven’t been to their restaurant to sample the food. Wicked Smoke BBQ in Waterloo is a favorite with locals, but has also impressed out-of-towners who stumbled on the place while visiting. Adam B. posted this review, “I’m spoiled with ribs as my dad’s recipe is my favorite and I rarely find some that come close. The ribs here were cooked perfectly and the rub and sauce was top notch. The fried okra was also cooked perfectly and seasoned with something magical. My daughter had the Wicked Fries and couldn’t say enough about the pulled pork and the taste of the fries themselves.” Adam lives 9 hours away, or he’d be there all the time! A Fine Swine BBQ restaurant & catering company has two locations in ILLINOISouth’s Central Region – in New Baden and at Governors Run Golf Club in Carlyle. They feature their championship BBQ from the 2015 Illinois State Champion BBQ team. Pitmaster, David Stidham, says, “We are very proud to serve our community fresh, championship quality barbecue with our traditionally authentic low & slow methods

and techniques. Great BBQ starts with the highest quality meats. All of our premium meats are delivered to us FRESH never frozen, allowing us to serve you our very best BBQ each and every day.” Delicious sides and their signature sauces make it a special experience. The list of awards Fine Swine has won includes several Illinois State Champion trophies, Illinois Brisket Champion and 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Grand Championship Sauce in 18 States across the US, just to name a few. Open for lunch, dinner and drinks, Deep South BBQ in McLeansboro has attracted a very faithful following. Comments like, “[I] eat here at least a few times a month. Great food and atmosphere! Haven’t been disappointed yet,” show why this is a really popular place. Every day the menu includes BBQ nachos, pulled pork and pizza. Thursday’s are for wings, Friday’s for fish and Saturday nights are baby back ribs. Call for daily specials. Backyard BBQ is the place in the Eastern Region to get delicious food, fast friendly service, a large selection of smoked meats, homemade sides and an assortment of desserts. Drinks include milk shakes or a cold beer! This is a family restaurant with kids’ menus and something everyone will enjoy. Parking is available in the back and there’s a drive-up window also. Large orders are great for your family get-togethers.

Restaurants Listed in Article BEAST CRAFT BBQ CO.

20 S Belt W, Belleville 618-257-9000; beastcraftbbq.com; FB

SMOKIN’ K’S BBQ

548 East Washington, Millstadt 618- 476-1777; smokinksbbq.com; FB

WICKED SMOKE BBQ

951 N Illinois Rt 3, Waterloo 618-939-2271, FB

SHORTY’S SMOKEHOUSE 121 S Main St., Waterloo FB; shortyssmokehousebbq.com

THE BURNT END

101 E Market St, Red Bud 618-282-2271; theburntendbbq. com; FB

A FINE SWINE

23 W Hanover St, New Baden 618- 588-5141; afineswine.com; FB

GOVERNORS RUN GOLF COURSE 3300 Governors Dr., Carlyle 618-594-4585; FB

DEEP SOUTH BBQ

300 S Marshall Ave, McLeansboro 618- 643-HAWG (4294), FB

BACKYARD BBQ

220 N Haughton Hwy, Greenup 217-923-5100; FB


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COMING SOON: World’s Largest Teeter-Totter, CASEY

Casey World’s Largest

WHAT’S NEW? Granite City

Some exciting things are happening in downtown Granite City this year. Visitors will notice a couple of new businesses including Novel Ideas Boardgamery. The Boardgamery is attached to the already existing Novel Ideas Bookstore & More but offers folks a unique way to pass the time. You can grab one of their specialty coffee drinks, then choose from 20 rotating flavors of cereal to snack on, then sit down with one of their 400 board games and have some fun. There is also a vinyl record shop within the business, as well as a studio with different art exhibits which also plays host to an ‘Unplug and Play Acoustic Music Series.’ For more information on the music series, as well as upcoming board game tournaments at The Boardgamery, be sure to follow Novel Ideas Boardgamer y on Facebook. Another big draw to bring visitors to Granite City is Clancy’s Brewery, which just opened a few weeks ago. Located right across from the movie theater, Clancy’s offers one-of-akind craft beers brewed in Granite City. The first two beers offered at Clancy’s are the ‘Lemon Drop Pils’ and ‘The End is Rye.’ Aside from having their own recipes on tap, Clancy’s will also feature two beers from Recess Brewing in Edwardsville, as well as a guest tap. The new microbrewery is open every Thursday through Sunday, and can be found on Facebook for more information.

Mark your calendars for larger than life fun in Casey on September 28th! There will be a Guinness World Record adjudicator on hand to certify six of the World’s Largest items, including a teeter-totter, a wooden gavel, a twizzle spoon, a barbershop pole, a key, and a golf driver. For more information on the event, find “Big Things in a Small Town” on Facebook.

Castle Ridge

Progress is being made on a multi-million-dollar development in Centralia. The facility known as Castle Ridge will feature multiple wedding venues, a banquet center and restaurant, lodging, an amphitheater, a kayak run, and an indoor sports facility named after Centralia native and former MLB player Gary Gaetti. The Gaetti Sports Academy is slated to be the first building finished on the property this fall. The rest of the development will come along in phases, which are scheduled to take place through 2020. castleridge.com

What’s a Flügel?

Did you know that the German word “Flügel” translates as “Wing?” Whether you knew it before or not, bet you can guess that the Flügel Fest on the downtown Highland Square will feature wings of all kinds. Twenty booths will be manned by area service organizations, restaurants and individuals cooking and serving their best wings and competing for prizes. Festival goers will vote on the best in each category. In addition to great food, the event will feature bands, a silent auction, 50/50 ticket sales, wing tasting, a wing

eating contest and lots of fun. Proceeds benefit the improvement of the Square.

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When: October 19 (Rainout date: October 26); Hours: 11am – 9pm; For info: Mallord Hubbard, 618-654-9891

Naming Rights

Big news out of the racing world recently, as World Wide Technology and Gateway Motorsports Park reached a naming rights agreement. The venue is now named “World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.” Along with the naming rights, World Wide Technology also becomes the official technology provider for the track. World Wide plans to introduce technology that will greatly enhance the experience for fans who are attending NASCAR, NHRA, Indy Car and other events. Get ready for some fast paced, exciting action this summer at the new World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway! wwtraceway.com

HONORING VETERANS ACROSS ILLINOISouth Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Reunion

After a successful relaunch of the Marion County Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Reunion in 2018, the event will take place again this year in conjunction with the Little Egypt Festival in Salem, October 4-6. The Marion County Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Reunion “Camp Ronald J. Hall” will kick off on Friday night the 4th, with a Veterans Tribute dinner. On Saturday, there will be a Veterans Tribute section in the Little Egypt Parade, and Sunday is Family Day in the Park - you can bring the family for live music, pony rides, a petting zoo, children’s patriotic costume contest and more. Festivities start at noon on Sunday, with free lunch provided – followed by a Veterans Tribute at 1:00 p.m. 618-420-3489

2019 Veteran’s Tour of Honor

The Veteran’s Tour of Honor is a multi-state, self-directed motorcycle ride to war memorials in all 50 states. Chester has been chosen as one of the cities in Illinois. Riders can reach “Finisher” status by traveling to seven memorials in

any state or across the country. The ride continues until October 31. Pins and Finishers certificates are given to all who visit a minimum of seven sites. $25 of each registration goes to support veterans and first responders through three organizations: Fisher House Foundation, Operation Comfort Warriors and Police and Fire: The Fallen Heroes. Chester’s Multi-War Veterans Memorial commemorates local vets from the Civil War through Vietnam. Riders take a photo at the Memorial to prove they were there. More information about the ride and a list of all the Illinois and other state locations can be found on the website. Multi-War Veterans Memorial Gazebo Square, State St. and Opdyke St., Chester GPS: 37.912101, -89.823714; Access: 24/7 tourofhonor.com.

Songs4Soldiers Concert Event Help support combat veterans and their families September 6 & 7 with music, games and lots of fun for the whole family. This non-profit organization helps local veterans through this benefit concert. A variety of local and national bands will perform starting at 6:30 Friday night with the Country lineup: Alexandra Kay, Chris Shifflet (of Foo Fighters fame) and Jordan Davis. Saturday the fun starts at 1:30pm with: That 80’s Band, Tr i x i e D e l i g h t , K i m Massie, Dazed ‘n’ Confused STL and Joe Dirt opening for Miles Nielsen (son of Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen) and 38 Special. Bolm-Schuhkraft Park, Columbia Tickets: $20/per day in advance; $35/weekend; Free/Veterans and kids under 12. 618-719-2333; FB; songs4soldiersstl.org


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Leon and Elaine Harris: Mariners’ Compass

ART IN PAINT AND FABRIC 76 Barn Quilts on the Trail!

Barn quilts have become more and more popular over the past 15+ years. They are large, colorfully painted quilt blocks hung on buildings or added to landscaping; adding beauty and interest to the rural scenery. Patterns and colors are chosen by the owners/artists. The Edwards County Barn Quilt Trail now features 76+ quilts on display from Grayville to Berryville. The Village of West Salem is booming with quilts thanks to the work of Evelyn Bare,

Barn Quilts of Edwards County, IL

who made and donated them. Fall is a great time to drive around and see these barn quilt works of art. Maps can be picked up at the Edwards County Farm Bureau office, the West Salem Village Hall, Albion City Hall, Grayville City Hall, etc. Find an interactive map at edwardscfb.com/barn-quilt-trail.html

2019 Fairfield PaintOut

Amateur and professional artists are invited to participate in this Plein Air art show on October 1 - 5. The event is designed to foster imagination and creativity in the community and connect artists from the area. Draw your inspiration from the town and other local subjects. Entries will be judged in a show. Register to participate @bit. ly/19ffpaintout. 102 Frontier Dr., Fairfield. fairfieldpaintout.com; FB

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Congratulations to Warm N Cozy Quilting in Columbia! They have recently been added to the state Illinois Made program. Launched in 2016, Illinois Made spotlights the people, products and authentic experiences you can have in Illinois and inspires travelers to explore destinations across the state. There are currently 147 makers in the program. A mother and daughter (Debbie and Danielle) team run this one-stop quilting shop. From quilting services and kits to machines and classes, they are in the business of quilting coziness. Since opening in 2016, Warm N Cozy has grown. The shop moved from the original location into a larger space, still on Main Street.

Amazing and Unique Art in Olney

In 2019, Warm N Cozy was named the Family-Owned Small Business of the Year for Illinois by the Small Business Association. They continue to grow and thrive, focusing on faith, family, and community. 816 S. Main St. #2, Columbia 618-719-2565, warmncozyquilting.com; FB

When most people hear about something being sandblasted, they d o n’t c o n nect it with art. Instead, they think of a construction project or a brick building being cleaned of old paint. Big Creek Custom in Olney, however, specializes in personalization of products such as stones, barware, ceramic crocks, coffee mugs, stainless steel tumblers, gun stocks and much more, all through the art of

sandblasting. Need an unusual gift for a grandparent? How about something personalized for newlyweds or a Christmas gift for the “person who has everything?” You will find it here! There are good photos on Facebook to give you a taste of this creative artform. They ask that you call before coming to the shop to be sure someone can meet with you and show you around. 3511 N St Marie Rd., Olney 618-838-5397; FB


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MEMBERSHIP

EQUALS ROI

Just when you think you can’t afford advertising, ILLINOISouth Tourism steps in with a marketing opportunity that works and fits your budget! Not only will we help plan, design and place advertising or promotions, we’ll help you pay for it too! With the Bureau’s buying power and professional help, every member can benefit from marketing their business or community. How’s that for a deal?

Warehouse 300 It g o e s w i t h o u t s a y i n g t h a t antique and vintage shops are plentiful throughout ILLINOISouth’s territory. But there is one vintage marketplace in Trenton that brings together several local artisans, each with their own different flair. Warehouse 300 opened its doors in the fall of 2018, and wanted to get the word out about the unique shopping experience i t o f f e re d t o consumers – so owner Brenda Kohlbrecher reached out to I L L I N O I So u t h f o r marketing help. “ILLINOISouth has been a huge help in advertising our business and promoting our

regular store events,” Kohlbrecher explains. “I met with them just a few weeks before our Grand Opening and designing an ad, contacting newspapers, getting quotes, so forth, was on my list. I signed up and turned over that task to ILLINOISouth. A few short days later, a professionally designed ad, price quotes, everything I needed was in my inbox. All I had to do was review and confirm!” After a very successful Grand Opening, Kohlbrecher decided to keep planning unique e ve n ts at Ware ho u s e 300 – and she’s used her membership with ILLINOISouth to the fullest, in order to help with each event. “Working with ILLINOISouth has been very beneficial for my business and me, as sole proprietor,” Kohlbrecher said. “My vintage marketplace hosts events about every 6-8 weeks. That’s an incredibly quick turnaround time for designing flyers and social media images. I get the benefit of collaborating with a team that is helpful, creative, professional,

Wes twood Recreatio n Another unique venue that opened in 2018 boasts a wide variety of amenities for visitors. Westwood Recreation in Grayville offers cabins, and RV sites – as well as a saloon, dance hall, mini

and efficient. I have had so many customer compliments on event ideas and flyer designs. ILLINOISouth has saved me so much time and money providing in house designing and getting me the best quote on copies. They have been invaluable to my business!” For more information on shopping and different events coming up at Warehouse 300 in Trenton, you can find them on Facebook.

golf and a large play area for children, among other features. Since partnering with ILLINOISouth, Westwood Recreation has been active in promoting several events, using newspaper and radio advertising to help build their brand. “Working with ILLINOISouth has made advertising a breeze,” said Jamie Turpin, Administrative Support Specialist with Westwood Recreation. “We tell our rep what we want in our advertising, what type we would like to pursue, and


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nered with ILLINOISouth to design and print their ver y first brochure. “The brochure made through ILLINOISouth i s t o p n o t c h ,” Tu r p i n a d d e d . “We want all advertising to be quality and ILLINOISouth does not disappoint. Even though we threw many revisions and tweaks their way, they made the process smooth and simple.”

he sends us pricing and examples. The quality of print ads are fantastic. The time saved from contacting the various advertising outlets is the main benefit. Time is precious and that is a major lift off For more information on events and more at Westwood Recreation, you can of our workload.” find them on Facebook or visit restup-

Aside from print and radio ads, campingandrvcorral.com Westwood Recreation also part-

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The fall is the best time to get on a motorcycle and experience the fall foliage and rural charm of many communities in ILLINOISouth’s territory. For those interested in traveling along the Wabash River on the eastern portion of our territory, Route 1 is a great highway to travel with several different stops you should make in a handful of communities. If you exit off of Interstate 70 and head south on Route 1, the first community you’ll come across

is Marshall. For a glance at some beautiful architecture, a visit to Marshall’s business historic district is a must. Many buildings in the district were built between 1830 and 1910, and were designed in the Italianate, Romanesque, and Italian Renaissance Revival styles. While you’re checking out the district – be sure to visit the National Road Welcome Center, and the World’s Largest Gavel located at the Clark County Courthouse!

Once you’ve seen Marshall and head south on Route 1, head to Hutsonville in Crawford County. Hutsonville isn’t far off of Route 1 and is a charming little community that offers great views of the Wabash River. While you’re in town, a trip to the Hutson Cabins is a must for history buffs. Inside these seven authentic 1812 cabins is a vast array of historical artifacts, telling the history of Hutsonville. The cabins are open from June 2 to September 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sundays, but other tours can be arranged by calling (618) 5634531.

By now you’re probably getting hungry, so if you head south 27 miles – you’ll come to one of the best places to eat on Route 1. Coco’s Café and Wine Bar in Lawrenceville offers a fantastic atmosphere with even better food. The menu is a large to say the least, offering everything from cocktails, to soups and salads, with comfort food, and a plethora of dessert options. Some notables include maple bacon mac and cheese, shrimp and grits, and pineapple upside down cheesecake! newleaffitnessandspa.com/cocos After all of that food, now is the best time to take a walk and explore nature – and there’s no better place to do that than Beall Woods State Park in Wabash County. The ride to Beall Woods from LawCOCO’s Cafe and Wine Bar, Lawrenceville

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renceville is a beautiful one, with more views of the Wabash and a nice trip through Mt. Carmel. Beall Woods State Park is just south of Mt. Carmel and offers five established trails to stretch your legs on. This park attracts people from all over the world interested in seeing one of the few remaining tracts of virgin timber east of the Mississippi River – some trees are over 120 feet tall and 3 feet in diameter. dnr.illinois.gov/ parks/pages/beallwoods To this point Route 1 has offered a lot of history, nature and great food – now how about a little fun? Just a short 13 mile ride south of Beall Woods State Park in Grayville lies Rest Up Camping and RV Corral, but there’s so much to do here besides camp. Rest Up offers one of the best miniature golf courses around, with the option to golf 9 or 18 holes. After you’re fin-

ished with golf, you can head inside and have some fun with their electronic shooting gallery – using replicated guns from the 1800’s to shoot animatronic targets. You won’t leave here bored! restupcampingandrvcorral.com We’re nearing the end of our motorcycle run on Route 1, and there’s no better place to stop and rest for the night than the Social House Inn in Carmi. This Neo Classic Revival Inn was built in 1905 and offers nine rooms to rest your head, as well as a loft above the carriage house on the property that boasts a pet friendly living area with full kitchen and bathroom. thesocialhousecarmi.com


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July 31-August 3 Ag Days Downtown Mt. Carmel 618-262-5116 July 31-August 10 120th Grand American World Trapshooting Championships World Shooting & Recreation Complex 618-295-2700

August August 1 Sounds of Summer Free Concert Series Bower Park, Olney 618-392-2241 August 1-4 Little Mermaid Northside Park, Breese 618-526-2866

August 1-6 Bond County Fair Bond County Fairgrounds, Greenville 618-664-0706 August 2 & August 9 Peanut Butter & Jam Festival Downtown Square, Highland 618-654-9891 Mascoutah Homecoming Und Augustfest Scheve Park, Mascoutah 618-566-7355 Jasper County Chamber of Commerce - Cruise Night Downtown Newton 618-783-3399 Music in the Park - Clay Rapp Downtown McLeansboro 618-643-9394 August 2-4 Gateway Dulcimer Music Festival Four Points by Sheraton, Fairview Heights, IL 618-651-8271 Hutsonville River Fest Downtown Hutsonville 618-563-4710 August 3 Classic Car Cruise on the Brick Street Downtown Lebanon 618-537-8420 Taste of Columbia with Arts and Artisans on Main Historic Main Street, Columbia 618-281-4672 18th Century Cannon Demonstration Fort de Chartres, Prairie Du Rocher 618-284-7230

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August 11 Downtown Concert Series Courthouse Square, Waterloo 618-939-5300

August 23-25 Kirchenfest St. Paul Catholic Church, Highland 618-654-2339

August 13 Summer Band Concert Series Monroe County Bandstand, Waterloo 618-939-5300

Midwest Salute to the Arts Moody Park, Fairview Heights midwestsalute.com August 23-24 Waterloo Homecoming Downtown Waterloo 618-939-7999

August 14-18 60th Annual Steam, Gas & Threshing Show Pinckneyville Fairgrounds, Pinckneyville 618-318-0745

August 23-September 4 Du Quoin State Fair Du Quoin State Fairgrounds 618-542-1515

August 15 Divas’ Night Out Downtown Belleville, Belleville 618-233-2015

August 24 Centralia Carillon Summer Concert Series Centralia Carillon, Centralia 618-533-4381

The Bud Light Brigade – 35 Years and Still Going Strong! Monroe County History Museum’s Allscheid-Metzger Gallery, Waterloo 618-939-5008

INDYCAR Series World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway 618-215-8888

August 16 Movies Under the Stars Wilson Park, Granite City 618-877-3059

August 24-25 Gun & Knife Show Belle-Clair Fairgrounds & Expo Center, Belleville 618-235-0666

Music in the Park - Meghan Barrow & Whitney Hopfinger Downtown McLeansboro 618-643-9394

Honeycrisp Weekend Eckert’s, Belleville 618-233-0513

August 16-17 Columbia Days Metter Park, Columbia 618-281-5393

August 27 Summer Band Concert Series Monroe County Bandstand, Waterloo 618-939-8600

August 16-18 Centralia Balloon Fest Foundation Park, Centralia 618-532-6789

August 29-September 2 Pioneer City Rodeo Palestine

August 17 Columbia Days Parade Historic Main Street, Columbia 618-281-7144

August 30-31 Wingfest St. Clair Mall Parking Lot, Fairview Heights 618-489-2000

Freeburg Homecoming Freeburg Recreational Park, Freeburg 618-539-5545

August 30-September 1 Grayville Days Downtown Grayville 618-375-3671

August 17-18 Germantown Spassfest Schoendienst Park, Germantown 618-204-0206

St. Louis Antique Show Belle-Clair Fairgrounds & Expo Center, Belleville 618-235-0666

Annual White Squirrel Cruisers Car Club Car Show Olney City Park, Olney 618-395-7302

August 30-September 2 Labor Day Weekend FUN Rest Up Camping & RV Corral, Grayville 618-375-0310

Belleville Flea Market Belle-Clair Fairgrounds & Expo Center, Belleville 618-235-0666

August 31 Centralia Carillon Summer Concert Series Centralia Carillon, Centralia 618-533-4381

Southern Illinois Equine Horse Show Du Quoin State Fairgrounds 618-542-1515 August 18 Maeystown Fire Dept. BBQ & Show Us Your Ride Village of Maeystown, Maeystown 618-580-5875

66th Annual ARCA 100 Du Quoin State Fairgrounds 217-764-3200 August 31-September 2 Casey Popcorn Festival Fairview Park, Casey 217-232-2676

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September 6-7 Songs4Soldiers Bolm-Schuhkraft City Park, Columbia 618-719-2333

Wabash Chamber of Commerce 1st Annual Chili Cook Off Beall Woods State Park, Mt. Carmel 618-262-5116 Vine to Wine Half Marathon/5K The Family Vine Winery, Greenville 618-664-1644

Kyle Ride Mid American Air Center, Lawrenceville 618-943-5733

September 7-8 Flea Market St. Clair County Event Center, Belleville 618-830-7552

Sumner Fall Festival Sumner 618-943-5219

Apple Fest Eckert’s, Belleville 618-233-0513

September 6-8 Homestead Harvest Days Latzer Homestead, Highland 618-654-7957

UBDRA WWT Raceway at Gateway 618-215-8888

40th Annual Popeye Picnic Chester 618-826-4567 Illinois Cutting Horse Du Quoin State Fairgrounds 618-542-1515 September 7 Olney Bicycle Classic Downtown Olney, Olney 618-392-2241 Classic Car Cruise on the Brick Street Downtown Lebanon 618-537-8420 Fort de Chartres Muzzle Loading Black Powder Artillery Safety School Fort de Chartres, Prairie Du Rocher 618-284-7230 The Melting Pot Market Civic Park Granite City, Granite City 618-604-6739 McLeansboro Downhill Derby Downtown McLeansboro 618-925-4888 George Portz and the Friends of Bluegrass - Maeystown The Rock Mill Museum, Maeystown 618-580-5875

September 8 Downtown Concert Series Courthouse Square, Waterloo 618-939-5300 Motorcycle Swap Meet Belle-Clair Fairgrounds & Expo Center, Belleville 618-235-0666 Remembering the Grand Army of the Republic and Celebrating the American Legion’s 100th Anniversary Monroe County History Museum’s AllscheidMetzger Gallery, Waterloo 618-939-5008 September 11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk Downtown Belleville 618-233-6769 Carlyle Wine & Art Festival Bretz Winery, Carlyle 618-594-8830 September 11 September 11 Moment of Remembrance Belleville 618-233-6769 September 11-14 Lawrence County Fall Festival Lawrenceville Square, Lawrenceville 618-943-3516 Fairfield’s Annual Fall Fun Fest Downtown Fairfield 618-842-6116 September 12-15 Elmwood Speaks Elmwood Cemetery, Centralia 618-532-2951 September 13-14 Flora Rotary Cemetery Tour Elmwood Cemetery, Flora 618-662-5646 Haunted Hayrides - Eckerts Eckert’s, Belleville 618-233-0513

September 13-15 Carlyle Sailing Association Whale of a Sail Regatta Carlyle Sailing Association Harbor, Hazlet State Park, Carlyle 314-325-928 Hill’s Fort Living History Weekend American Farm Heritage Museum, Greenville 618-664-1644 Okawville Fair & Wheat Festival Okawville Community Park, Okawville 618-243-5694 September 14 National Drive Electric Week Case-Halstead Library, Carlyle 618-623-8880 Columbia Trails Homebrew Festival Metter Park, Columbia 618-792-1490 Craft and Vendor Show Belle-Clair Fairgrounds & Expo Center, Belleville 618-233-0949 Fall Festival & Car Show Newton Square, Newton 618-783-3399 Josh Rodgers Memorial Golf Benefit Oak Glen Golf Course, Robinson 618-592-4870 Army Reserve Expo Dam West Recreation Area, Carlyle captextri.com Open Houses & Time Capsule City Hall, Fairview Heights cofh.org September 14-15 DuQuoin Cowboy Mounted Shoot Du Quoin State Fairgrounds 618-542-8338 Apple Fest Eckert’s, Belleville 618-233-0513 September 15 CAPEX Triathlon Dam West Recreation Area, Carlyle captextri.com September 15-October 31 Streifs Pumpkin Patch Flora 618-662-5646 September 19 Divas’ Night Out Downtown Belleville 618-233-2015 September 19-21 Gold Wing Camping Rally Du Quoin State Fairgrounds 618-542-8338 September 19-22 Illinois Vintage Trailer Rally Red Hills State Park, Sumner 618-936-2469

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September 20 Wamac Fall Festival Wamac City Park, Centralia 618-532-1138 Movies Under the Stars Wilson Park, Granite City 618-877-3059 Charity Classic Richland Country Club, Olney 618 395-6088 September 20-21 Oktoberfest Celebration Downtown Belleville 618-233-2015 Haunted Hayrides - Eckerts Eckert’s, Belleville 618-233-0513

September 25-28 Greenup Fall Festival Downtown Greenup 217-923-3401

MCHS Homecoming Weekend Downtown Mt. Carmel 618-262-2657

September 27-28 Wayne City Bean Days Downtown Wayne City 618-895-2241

Fort Town USA Celebration Downtown Flora 618-662-5646 September 20-22 Midwest Jr. Dragster Super Series WWT Raceway at Gateway 618-215-8888 September 21 Hare and Hounds Cruise Race Series CSA Harbor, Hazlet State Park, Carlyle 314-325-9283 Street Art Fest Downtown Square, Highland 618-654-3721 Waterloo Optimist Blue Army - Bull Riding Bash Monroe County Fairgrounds, Waterloo 618-939-4681 Beers, Bands and BBQ Competition Johnny & Junes, Flora 618-662-0802

Maeystown Apple Butter Making The Rock Mill Museum, Maeystown 618-580-5875 Haunted Hayrides - Eckerts Eckert’s, Belleville 618-233-0513 Norris City Dairy Days Downtown Norris City 618-378-3611 Balloons Over Marine Village Park, Marine 618-887-4531 39th Annual Fall Festival Washington County Courthouse, Nashville 618-327-3700 September 27-29 Fall RV & Camper Show Belle-Clair Fairgrounds & Expo Center, Belleville 618-235-0666

Fest-of-Ale Robinson City Park 618-546-1557

September 28 Belleville Main Street Marathon Downtown Belleville 618-628-9898

Paint History Plein Air Art Auction Garfield Street Saloon Museum, Belleville 618-531-7753

Olney Arts Council Fall Festival Olney City Park, Olney 618-393-6070

September 21-22 Belleville Flea Market Belle-Clair Fairgrounds & Expo Center, Belleville 618-235-0666

Appleknocker Festival Flora Elementary School 618-662-5646

Apple Fest Eckert’s, Belleville 618-233-0513 Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice Warehouse 300, Trenton 618-806-7118 Little Egypt Dressage Du Quoin State Fairgrounds 618-542-8338 September 21-22 & September 28-29 Kinmundy Log Cabin Village Fall Festival Kinmundy Log Cabin Village, Kinmundy 618-267-2227

Newton Marching Eagles Band Classic Newton 618-783-2303 Breese Fall Festival North Park, Breese breese.org September 28-29 The Friends in Stitches Quilt Club’s Two-Day Quilt Show Monroe County History Museum’s Allscheid-Metzger Gallery, Waterloo 618-939-5008 Bill Forness presents The Folsom Prison Experience Lincoln Theatre, Belleville 618-233-0018


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Micro Wrestling Belle-Clair Fairgrounds & Expo Center, Belleville 618-233-0052

Apple Fest Eckert’s, Belleville 618-233-0513

Jumpin Pumpkin Jamboree Eckert’s, Belleville 618-233-0513

Southern Illinois Equine Horse Show Du Quoin State Fairgrounds 618-542-1515

Wabash Valley Wine & Art Festival Palestine wabashvalleywineandartfestival.com

September 29 Fire Department Auxiliary “Flames” Bike Fun Ride Schoendienst Park, Germantown 618-523-4317

October 5-7 & 12-14 Clinton County Showcase Presents: Mama’s Boy Northside Park, Breese 618-526-2866

Volunteer Fire Department Annual Shooting Match Schoendienst Park, Germantown 618-523-4317

October 6 John Crouch Giant Flea Market Du Quoin State Fairgrounds 618-542-1515

October 13 Maeystown Oktoberfest The Rock Mill Museum, Maeystown 618-580-5875

FestiFall Metter Park, Columbia 618-281-7144

Fort de Chartres French & Indian War Encampment and Competition Fort de Chartres, Prairie Du Rocher 618-284-7230

October October 1-5 Fairfield Paint Out Bob Boyles Foundation Hall / Frontier Community College, Fairfield 618-842-3711 October 3-5 Enfield Mule Days Enfield 618-963-2222 October 3-6 NHRA WWT Raceway at Gateway 618-215-8888 October 4-5 Apple Days Downtown Greenville 618-664-1644 Stubbornfest 2019 Stubborn German Brewing Company, Waterloo 618-504-2444 Haunted Hayrides - Eckerts Eckert’s, Belleville 618-233-0513 Heath Harvest Festival Downtown Square, Robinson 618-586-2222 October 4-6 Marion County Soldiers and Sailors Reunion - Camp Lt. Col. Ronald J. Hall Downtown Salem 618-548-0128 October 5 100th Anniversary of Fort de Chartres State Park Fort de Chartres, Prairie Du Rocher 618-284-7230 It Was a Crime to be a German Monroe County History Museum’s AllscheidMetzger Gallery, Waterloo 618-939-5008 The Melting Pot Market Civic Park, Granite City 618-604-6739 Rotary Oktoberfest Rotary Park, Olney 618-395-7302 Annual Fall Festival Keyes City Park, Du Quoin 618-542-8338 Magic and Mayhem Alfresco Productions, Granite City 618-604-6739 Fall Festival Downtown Lebanon 618-537-8420 Annual White Squirrel Count Downtown Olney 618-395-7302 October 5-6 Flea Market St. Clair County Event Center, Belleville 618-830-7552 Gun & Knife Show Belle-Clair Fairgrounds & Expo Center, Belleville 618-235-0666

October 10 Witches’ Ghoulish Night Out Downtown Columbia 618-281-7144 October 11-12 Haunted Hayrides - Eckerts Eckert’s, Belleville 618-233-0513 Chili Cook-Off Downtown Belleville 618-233-2015 Annual Oktoberfest Downtown Steeleville 618-965-3134 Carmi Kiwanis Corn Days Downtown Carmi 618-382-7606 Haunted Trail Waterloo Sportsman’s Club, Waterloo 618-458-9927 October 11-12 & 18-20 Young Frankenstein Live Musical Alfresco Productions, Granite City 618-604-6739

Scare on the Square Newton Square, Newton 618-783-3399 October 12-13 Jumpin Pumpkin Jamboree Eckert’s, Belleville 618-233-0513 Art in the Park Lindendale Park, Highland 618-558-0054

Evergreen Comes Alive Evergreen Cemetery, Chester 618-604-9106 Concert in the Park - George Portz & Friends Firemen’s Park, Maryville 618-830-5140 October 16-19 Haunted Belleville Walking Tour Downtown Belleville 618-234-0600 October 17 Divas’ Night Out Downtown Belleville 618-233-2015 October 18-19 Haunted Hayrides - Eckerts Eckert’s, Belleville 618-233-0513 Haunted Trail Waterloo Sportsman’s Club, Waterloo 618-458-9927

October 11-13 Illinois Cutting Horse Du Quoin State Fairgrounds 618-542-1515

Haunted Trail at Kinmundy Log Cabin Village Kinmundy Log Cabin Village, Kinmundy 618-267-2227

October 12 Fall Family Festival American Farm Heritage Museum, Greenvile 618-664-9733

Haunted Trail McDonald’s Parking Lot, Carlyle

Classic Car Cruise on the Brick Street Downtown Lebanon 618-537-8420 Fall Fest on the Farm Marcoot Jersey Creamery, Greenville 618-664-1110 Hare and Hounds Cruise Race Series CSA Harbor, Hazlet State Park, Carlyle 314-325-9283 Apple Fest Schwartz Orchard, Centralia 618-532-8058 Celebrate Centralia Centralia Carillon 618-533-7622 City of Albion Chowder Albion 618-445-7733 Fort de Chartres French & Indian War Encampment and Competition Fort de Chartres, Prairie Du Rocher 618-284-7230 Pumpkinfest Downtown Waterloo 618-939-8600 Annual White Squirrel Count Downtown Olney 618-395-7302 Chili Chase Downtown Belleville 618-233-2015

October 18-20 Thresherman’s Fall Festival Perry County Fairgrounds 618-318-0745 October 19 Maryville Fall Festival Firemen’s Park, Maryville 618-558-9416 Fall Fest, Chili Cook Off & Car Show Downtown Mascoutah 618-566-2964 Dupo Chili Cook Off Dupo Park, Dupo 618-286-3280


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Flügel Fest Downtown Square, Highland 618-654-3721 Pick of the Patch Carlyle Lake 618-302-7335 Annual White Squirrel Count Downtown Olney 618-395-7302 Fall Frolic Downtown Casey 217-932-4460 Kiwanis Fall Fest Firemen’s Park, Maryville 618-530-5140

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October 19-20 Jumpin Pumpkin Jamboree Eckert’s, Belleville 618-233-0513 Belleville Flea Market Belle-Clair Fairgrounds & Expo Center, Belleville 618-235-0666 NHRDO Motorcycle Drag Racing Series WWT Raceway at Gateway 618-215-8888 October 25 Olney Halloween Parade Downtown Olney 618-395-4311 October 25-26 Haunted Hayrides - Eckerts Eckert’s, Belleville 618-233-0513 Indoor Yard Sale Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, Belleville 618-233-0052 October 25-27 Halloween Weekend FUN Rest Up Camping & RV Corral, Grayville 618-375-0310 Mardi Gras Downtown Pinckneyville 618-357-3243 Haunted Trail Waterloo Sportsman’s Club, Waterloo 618-458-9927

93rd Annual Halloween Parade, Fall Festival and Craft Fair Centralia Recreation Complex, Centralia 618-533-5602 Soup and Chili Cook Off and Cupcake Wars New Baden Community Park 618-588-3813 Trunk or Treat on the Brickstreet Downtown Lebanon 618-537-8420 Monroe County YMCA HTC Center - Ozarks 10K Bluff Trail Run Salt Lick Point Land and Water Reserve, Valmeyer 618-281-9622 Annual Halloween Parade Downtown Flora 618-662-5646 Oblong Fall Follies / Band Fest Downtown Oblong 618-592-6531 Halloween Hi-Jinks Downtown Columbia 618-533-7622

Harvest Happenings Market St. Clair County Event Center, Belleville 618-830-7552

October 26-27 Jumpin Pumpkin Jamboree Eckert’s, Belleville 618-233-0513

October 27 Witches’ Night Out Downtown Lebanon 618-537-8420

Haunted Trail at Kinmundy Log Cabin Village Kinmundy Log Cabin Village, Kinmundy 618-267-2227 October 26 MTC Spooktacular/ Run-Walk Downtown Mt. Carmel 618-262-5116

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October 28-30 Construction Career Expo Belle-Clair Fairgrounds & Expo Center, Belleville 618-233-0052 October 31 Waterloo - Trunk or Treat Downtown Waterloo 618-939-8600


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