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Walleye Fish Dinner, lots of vendors, entertainment and fun for whole family. 24-25 – Annual Model Train Show, Effingham County Fairgrounds, Altamont. FREE rides on Little Obie on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm courtesy of the Canadian National Railroad. 24-31 – Lawrence County Fair, Sumner 24-31 – Crawforld County Fair, Oblong 25-Aug 1 – Coles County Fair, Coles County Fairgrounds, E Street & Madison Avenue, Charleston. www.colescountyfair.com 217-345-4526 27-Aug 1 – Lake County Fair, Grayslake 28-Aug 1 – Ogle County Fair, Oregon 29-Aug 3 – Bond County Fair, Greenville. 29-Aug 4 – Adams County Fair, Mendon 30 – Past-Forward Memoir Writers Group, Charleston Carnegie Public Library, 1:00 p.m. Free. 30-Aug 1 – Heritage Days, Greenville. 31-Aug 1 – Winestock, Long Creek Vineyards, Long Creek/Decatur. Come see reunions of the area's most popular bands of the 70's, 80's and 90's on Saturday and an area wide jam session on Sunday. 217-571-0052

August 2010 Mondays – Weekly Auction, Arthur, 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 217-543-3504 Mondays – Hay & Livestock Auction. Location: Arthur Sale Bar. 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 217-543-3255

Tuesdays & Fridays – Wholesale Flower Auction, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Located at the Arthur Produce Auction, Inc building. Wednesdays – Gunny Sack Revue, 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., Gazebo Annex in Downtown Arthur. Wednesdays – Farmer's Market on the Square, Charleston Downtown Square. Every Wednesday, 6 am to 11 am. Homegrown produce, baked goods, hand-made items, plants and flowers. (217) 3488018 August – Main Street Downtown Markets in Marshall. Dates and Times – TBA. For more information, call 217-826-9023 August – Marshall Main Street. All American Night/Lemonade Stand Contest, Downtown, Courthouse Square. Children’s themed homemade lemonade stands, food and entertainment for all. 217-826-9023. 1 – Mattoon Multisport Lytle Park Triathlon, Mattoon. .3 mile swim/12.5 mile bike/ 3 mile run. www.mattoonmultisport.com 1-6 – Pana Tri-County Fair at the Pana Fairgrounds. Pana Labor Day Parade on Monday. 3-10 – Effingham County Fair, Altamont. 618-483-6717 or 888-854-FAIR. 4 – Blood Pressure Screening, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Cross County Mall, Mattoon 4 – Bingo, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Cross County Mall, Mattoon 4 – 74th Annual Lantern Parade, Fairview Park, Decatur, 7:00 p.m. Celebrate 73 years of supervised play-

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ground recreation at the Decatur Park District's annual Lantern Parade. Children create homemade lanterns, then march around Dreamland Lake. A Decatur Park Singers concert and picnic conclude the evening of fun and lights. 217-422-5911 6 – Shelby County Relay for Life at Forest Park in Shelbyville, 6:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m. www.relayforlifeshelby.com 6-8 – Summer Antique Show, Cross County Mall, Mattoon 6-8 – Space Jamboree, Chanute Air Museum, Rantoul. 7 – Archaeology Day Special Event, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Collinsville, 10a-4p. 618346-5161 7-8 - Champaign County Sports Car Club Auto Cross, Coles County Airport, Mattoon. Sports cars from across Illinois compete against the clock on slalom style courses. 217-351-1907 or farquasi@mac.com 8 – Monastery Museum, Route 40, East & South Garrott Street, Teutopolis, 12:30 4:00 p.m. 217-857-3586. 8 – Annual Bluegrass Jam, Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, Lerna. www.lincolnlogcabin.org 217-345-1845 9 – Ice Cream Social, Arthur. 5:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Held annually as a pre-Mennonite Relief Sale event. Serving homemade ice cream, cakes, and sandwiches. Located at the Arthur Community Building at 120 E. Progress Street. 9 – Mattoon Junior Football Jamboree 13 – Memoir Writers Group, Coles County

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Life Span Center , Charleston, 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Free. 13-22 – Illinois State Fair, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield. 217-782-6661 www.illinoisstatefair.info 14 – Music in the Rotary Band Shell, Mattoon Peterson Park. Presented by the Mattoon Arts Council. Time and performers TBA. 17-21 – Morgan County Fair, Jacksonville 19-22 – Windsor Harvest Picnic in Windsor City Park. Plenty of food, vendors and big name entertainment for all to enjoy. 20-22 – Westfield Homecoming Festival, Westfield Park, www.clarkcountynow.com 20-22 – 43rd Annual Spassfest, Germantown. Music, food, dancing, games, rides, trivia contest, fireworks. 618-523-4202 21 – Arthur's 3rd Saturday Downtown Craft Market, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 21 – Horse Sale, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Located at the Arthur Sale Barn. Tack auction begins and 9 a.m., Horse auction begins at 12:30 p.m. Located 1/2 mile north of Arthur. Call 217543-3255 for more information. 21 – Horse Pull, Lincoln Log Cabin Historic Site, Lerna 22 – Wild Turkey Federation Banquet, a Little Wabash Longbeards Local Event. Knights of Columbus Hall, Teutopolis. Doors open 6pm, dinner served 7pm. 22-28 – Cumberland County Fair, Greenup 27 – Past-Forward Memoir Writers Group, Charleston Carnegie Public Library, 1:00 p.m. Free.

27-29 – Hydrofest NBRA Hydroplane Boat Races, Lake Shelbyville. Friday night enjoy a meal while enjoying the company of some of the racers. Then watch the races on Saturday and Sunday. 27-29 – Cowden Pioneer Days at Cowden City Park. Come and enjoy the log cabins with lots of displays, vendors, food, and the Rodeo! 217-783-6515 27-28 – Arthur Mennonite Relief Sale, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Otto Center. Quilts and locally made Amish goods auction. Many many food booths on site. Children's activities. 27-29 – Summer Flea Market, Cross County Mall, Mattoon 28 - Coles County Airshow, Coles County Airport, Mattoon. August 29 rain date. 28 - Zoo-rific Evening, Scovill Zoo, Decatur. This unique event will feature star gazing, animal demonstrations, specialty wines and food stations located throughout the zoo, a display of animal art works, fine dining, music and more! 217422-5911 28 - Outdoor Days, Altamont. The Ballard Nature Center, located on the National Road just east of Altamont. The day is packed full of activities for children and adults, admission is free. 618-4836856 or www.ballardnaturecenter.org. 28 – Old Capitol Blues & BBQ, Fifth & Washington Streets, Springfield. Great Blues music and BBQ favorites. 20+ vendors and BBQ competition.

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Explore Family Travel Ideas Despite the downward trends of the economy, many families will still be taking vacations this year. According to marketing reports by HomeAway, Inc., 28 percent of travelers say they don't expect the economy to affect travel plans. Others are looking for more cost-effective options so they can travel more affordably. Traveling with the family presents its share of adventures and obstacles. However, by following a few key pointers you can help make your trip go more smoothly. Here are some ideas when traveling with family in tow. Vacation Rentals Statistics indicate that many travelers are foregoing overpriced hotels and seeking timeshare or condo rentals as a travel alternative. Many travel agencies and Web sites cater to this kind of travel. It's possible to rent an apartment, condominium, timeshare, or home that is not in use by the owner during the time of your vacation. You can enjoy more space, more freedom and a home-away-fromhome attitude for the same cost or less of traditional hotel rooms. "When my husband, 5-yearold son and I planned a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands this year we priced out several hotel properties and read reviews, without being overly impressed," offers Emily from New Jersey. "We found a condo property that was available for much less, which featured a kitchen, bedroom, two baths and laundry facilities. Plus, it was steps from the beach.

This turned out to be one of the best vacations -- and most affordable ones -- we have had." Vacation rentals are nice ideas for families who want the ability to cook their own meals and spread out a bit while on vacation. Just remember that meals, housekeeping and excursions generally are not included in the price of the rental. All-Inclusive Resorts Families seeking the ease of having everything at their fingertips should consider the amenities at all-inclusive resorts. For a set price, accommodations, food, drinks, and some activities are included. This means you simply pack your luggage and arrive and don't have to worry about spending extra for the duration of the vacation. All-inclusive resorts generally limit activities to the resort property. Therefore, individuals interested in exploring may find this isn't the vacation for them. However, families looking for rest and little itinerary planning could find it to be ideal. There are all-inclusive resorts that specialize in family vacations. Also consider cruising, which is essentially a floating all-inclusive resort. Theme Parks Theme parks have long been a staple vacation idea for families. There are theme parks of all shapes and sizes across the country that are all about catering to families. Traveling in the off-season, meaning at times when there are no school holidays or week-long breaks, will help cost-conscious

families save a little money. Also, shop around for group packages that pair airfare, hotel rooms, meals, and theme park entry in an effort to save money. Keep in mind that if you're looking for quiet and relaxation, theme parks may not be the best option. Because they are so popular with families, you are sure to find kids in abundance at theme parks. Camping Many families are rediscovering the excitement of camping trips, whether close to home or at one of the country's popular campgrounds or national parks. Don't shy away from camping if you have infants or toddlers, either. It's possible to enjoy a camping trip with young chil-

With summer upon us once more, the summer vacation season is about to hit full swing. With the economy suffering through a recession, however, travel industry forecasters are predicting a slow season ahead as vacationers forgo their travel plans during these trying financial times. But saving on travel doesn't have to mean staying home entirely. Rather, there are ways for vacationers to still hit the road without breaking the bank. * Do your homework. Good deals are out there, it just takes time and effort to find them. Many people are familiar with the variety of Web sites such as Orbitz or Hotwire that offer dis-

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By NATHANIEL WEST Whether it’s a lawn mower drill team, mushroom hunting, scarecrow decorations or free bagels, popcorn and cheese, festivals in East Central Illinois are as individualized as the communities that host the events.

FunFest for Air-Cooled VW, June 5-6 This FunFest is MidAmerica Motorworks way of saying “Thank You” to all VW enthusiasts. The two-day event is the best AirCooled enthusiasts party anywhere. Expect to see more than 1,000 VWs and 8.000 enthusiasts. For additional information, send an e-mail to funfest @mamotorworks.com, call 866350-4541 or visit their website www.funfestevents.com.

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Neoga Days, June 17-19 Held in Neoga’s Jennings Park, the annual Neoga Days festival this year has an ‘80s theme and includes a variety of new events, including a car and farm implement show, a three-on-three basketball tournament for all ages, a Guitar Hero videogame tournament and an antique appraisal similar to PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” program. For more information contact the Neoga city building at 895-3654 or coordinator

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Taste of Champaign-Urbana, June 18-20 Experience the ultimate in open-air dining! Take your pick of dishes as a variety of local restaurants and food vendors put out their best selections for you to sample. We've also got a feast for your ears offering free concerts from some of the best bands around! Shop for pottery, painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, and crafts or enjoy the Fun Zone with family-friendly entertainers, inflatables, pony rides and more. Taste is fun for all! West Side Park, Champaign, Friday: 5-9pm, Saturday: 11am-9pm, Sunday: 11am-6pm, Free Admission For more information visit www.champaignparkdistrict.com or call 217--398-2550.

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our 25th anniversary by saying "Decatur Celebration Rocks the Big One - 25 Years of Fun". Decatur Celebration organizers announced that the festival's admission will remain FREE and asked the public to “Band Together” at the 25th anniversary. For more information, visit the website www.decatur celebration.com

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The 25th annual celebration of all things bagel will be held in Mattoon¹s Peterson Park. Organizers are bringing back “Christian Night” on Thursday following requests from community members, said Angelia Burgett, tourism director for Mattoon. The traditional Bagel Breakfast (including free bagels and toppings) will take place July 17. There will also be many events commemorating the 25th anniversary of Bagel Fest. For more information visit mattoon.illinois.gov.

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Parade 2pm, fireworks at dusk. 4 – Forth of July Celebration, Coles County Airport, Mattoon. Food vendors on site. Free admission; handicapped parking available. Bring lawn chairs/blankets. Shuttles available from Mattoon and Charleston. 800-500-6286 or www.mattoonillinois.org. 4 – Fourth of July Celebration, Clark County Fairgrounds, N. 2nd Street. The Marshall City Band performs prior to a spectacular fireworks display. 217-826-8087. 4 – Freedom Celebration in Moore Park, Arcola. Featuring an evening of food and fun for the whole family. 4 – Fireworks Extravaganza, Knight’s Action Park & Routte 66 Drive In, Springfield. 6-11 – Christian County Fair, Taylorville. www.christiancountyfair.com 7 – Blood Pressure Screening, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Cross County Mall, Mattoon 7 – Bingo, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Cross County Mall, Mattoon 7-11 – Morgan County Fair, Jacksonville 7-11 – Marshall-Putnam County Fair, Henry. www.marshallputnamfair.org 8-10 – Fabric Collage Quilts and Wearable Art Workshop, Otterbein United Methodist Church, Charleston, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.. Cost: $120 Coles County Arts Council member or $130 non-member. 217-345-1286 8-10 – East Central Illinois Shop Hop, Arcola. Join the cause for Ovarian Cancer. Purchase a passport and enter to win prizes. 9 – Memoir Writers Group, Coles County Life Span Center , Charleston, 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Free. 9-10 – Wings Program, Coles County Airport, Mattoon. This FAA Pilot Proficiency Award Program is designed to encourage general aviation pilots to continue their training. 217-744-1910, 217-785-5746, or 217-5245269. 9-11 – Sidewalk Sales, Cross County Mall, Mattoon

10 – Second Saturday Book Sale, Decatur Public Library, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Used books and other items discounted for sale. 217-424-2900 10 – Taste of Downtown, Downtown Springfield. 10 – Zoofari, Henson Robinson Zoo, Springfield. Enjoy free admission. 10 – Central Illinois Machinery Sale, Arthur, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Tri-County Auction. Antique and modern tractors plus other machinery. Lunch stand and bake sale on site. 10 – Three Dimentional Fabric Flowers and Shapes Workshop, Otterbein United Methodist Church, Charleston, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.. Cost: $75 Coles County Arts Council member or $85 non-member. 217-345-1286 10-11 – Taste of Summer and Corn Boil, Lincoln Log Cabin Historic Site, Lerna. www.lincolnlogcabin.org 217-345-1845 11-17 – 80th Annual Moultrie-Douglas County Fair, Arthur. Located at Jurgens Park behind the high school. 15-17 – Mattoon Bagelfest, 25th annual event with food, entertainment, carnival, Miss Bagelfest and more. For more information call 217-258-6286. 16-17 – Chatham Jaycees Sweet Corn Festival, Chatham Community Park. 16-17 – Central City Fest, Centralia. 16-18 –- Mattoon Bagelfest Softball Tournament. 16-18 – Annual East Central IL Antique Farm Equipment State Show, Coles County Fairgrounds, Charleston. www.terrydalefarms.com/show 217345-7250 17 – Vandalia Classic Cars & Trucks, Inc. Car Show, Vandalia. 618-238-4458 17 – Arthur's 3rd Saturday Downtown Craft Market, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 17 – Aquafest Carnival, Dam West Recreation Area on Lake Shelbyville. Sand Castle contests, Water Safety Programs, and much more. 217-774-3313. 17, 24 – Horse Sale, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Located at the Arthur Sale Barn. Tack

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22-26 – Cal Ripken Ohio Valley Tourney, Mattoon. 10-12 baseball teams. 23-25 – Non-Profit Groups, Cross County Mall, Mattoon 23-25 – The Annual Millroad Steam Thresherman’s Festival & Antique Tractor Show. Held at the Effingham County Fairgrounds, Altamont. 618-483-5201 or

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South Garrott Street, Teutopolis, 12:30 - 4:00 p.m. 217-8573586. 6 – HOT ROD Magazine Power Tour, Downtown Springfield. 6 – Goosenest Prairie Players Concert, Lincoln Log Cabin Historic Site, Lerna 6-12 – 49th International Carillon Festival, Springfield. Fireworks on Friday evening. 6-13 – Clark County Fair, Clark County Fairgrounds, N. 2nd Street, Marshall. For more information, visit http://clarkcofair.parks.officelive.com or call 217-826-6387. 7-11 – Annual Aviation Camp, Chanute Air Museum, Rantoul. 7-13 – LPGA State Farm Classic, Panther Creek Country Club, Springfield. 10-12 – All-Around-Town Garage Sales, Arthur. Town wide garage sales. Pickup maps at the Arthur Visitor's Center. Individual garage sales times may vary. 10, 12, 16, 17, 19 – FACE Presents “Squabbles”, Hendelmeyer Park Recreation Center, Effingham. 217-347-3223 11 – Memoir Writers Group, Coles County Life Span Center , Charleston, 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Free. 11-13 – Summer Craft Show, Cross County Mall, Mattoon 11-13 – Mattoon 9th Annual Fastpitch Classic NSA World Series Qualifier, Mattoon Roundhouse Complex. www.mattoonpride.com 11-13 – USPCA Dog 1 Certification Trials, Coles County Airport, Mattoon. Police dog trials. Expect 25-40 dog/handler teams from IL and surrounding states. The public is welcome to attend this event. 11-13 – Civil War Medical Encampment, Old State Capitol, Springfield. 11-19 – Civil Air Patrol (CAP) National Glid-

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er Academy, Coles County Airport, Mattoon. Dedicated to promoting aviation to young people from across the United States by teaching them to fly gliders. Now in its ninth year! 11-Aug 20 – Marshall City Band Concerts, Courthouse Lawn. Every Friday evening 8pm with an ice cream social prior to the concert. For more information, please call 217-826-3174 or 217-826-8087 12 – Second Saturday Book Sale, Decatur Public Library, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Used books and other items discounted for sale. 217-424-2900 12 – Mattoon Beach Triathlon. www.mattoonbeachtri.com 12 – Music in the Park, Mattoon Peterson Park Rotary Band Shell. Time and performers TBA. 14-15 – National Road Festival, Greenup. Crafts and entertainment on the Village Square and on the National Road. 15-19 – Midwest Charity Horse Show, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield. 15-19 – US Tumbling Assocation Nationals, Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield. 16-20 – Sangamon County Fair, New Berlin Fairgrounds. www.sangcofiar.com 16-20 – Annual Midwest Charity Horse Show, Springfield. www.midwestcharity.com 18 – Horse Sale, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Located at the Arthur Sale Barn. Tack auction begins and 9 a.m., Horse auction begins at 12:30 p.m. Located 1/2 mile north of Arthur. Call 217-5433255 for more information. 18 – Corn Belt Shrine Club & Tractor Pull, Coles County Fairgrounds, Charleston. www.itpapulling.com 217-

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Museum, Rantoul. 25 – Summer Flea Market, Cross County Mall, Mattoon 25 – Past-Forward Memoir Writers Group, Charleston Carnegie Public Library, 1:00 p.m. Free. 25-26 – 9th Annual Heart of America Pony Sale, Arthur. Located at the Tri-County Auction Facility. Consignments of all breed of ponies and pony cross, donkeys and miniature horses, tack, wagons, and carts. 217-268-3444 25-26 – Haunted America Midwest Conference, Lincoln Square Theatre, Decatur. 1-888-446-7859 or www.americanspookshows.com 26-27 – "Backyard Happenings" Garden Walk. Come and enjoy private gardens located throughout Shelbyville. Tickets will be available at Niestradt Landscaping starting May 17th. 217-774-7882 26-27 – Champaign County Sports Car Club Auto Cross, Coles County Airport, Mattoon. Sports cars from across Illinois compete against the clock on slalom style courses. 217-351-1907 or farquasi@mac.com 27 – Independence Day 1860, Homestead Prairie Farm, Decatur, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Civil War band concert and an ice cream social. 217-423-7708 30-July 6 – American Legion Post 88 Firecracker Classic, Mattoon. Both Jr. and Sr. Legion teams, expected 10/16 teams respectively.

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Tuesdays & Fridays – Wholesale Flower Auction, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Located at the Arthur Produce Auction, Inc building. Wednesdays – Gunny Sack Revue, 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., Gazebo Annex in Downtown Arthur. Wednesdays – Farmer's Market on the Square, Charleston Downtown Square. Every Wednesday, 6 am to 11 am. Homegrown produce, baked goods, hand-made items, plants and flowers. (217) 3488018 July – Main Street Downtown Markets in Marshall. Dates and Times – TBA. For more information, call 217-826-9023 1-3 – Mattoon 4th of July Invitational Baseball Tourney. 3 – 4th of July Parade, 9:00 a.m., Mattoon. 3 – Blue Ribbon Night, Mt. Zion Lions Club Pony Express Grounds, 6:00 p.m. Free entertainment by the band “Rock of Ages” with fireworks at dusk. Vendors and concessions available. Free Parking. Gates open - 6 p.m.; Music - 7 p.m.; fireworks at dusk. 217-864-5424 3 – Machinery Sale. Located at the Arthur Sale Barn north of Arthur. 3 – Arthur Freedom Celebration Parade, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 3 – Arthur Freedom Celebration, 4:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m. Helicopter rides, kid games, food stands, powered parachuters, WWII aircraft flyovers, sky divers, tishirt tosses, and much much more. LARGEST fireworks display in Central Illinois. Located at the south edge of Arthur behind the high school at the Mo-Do Fairgrounds. 3 – Fireworks Sponsored by Vandalia Lions Club, Vandalia Lake, 9-10 p.m. 3 – Rantoul 4th of July Parade. Breakfast at the High School Cafetoriam. 3 – 4th of July Chalk-in, Morton Park, Charleston, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 217348-5930. 3-4 – Red, White & Blue Days, Morton Park, Division & Lincoln Avenues, Charleston. www.charlestontourism.org 217-345-7691 3-4 – Herrick Lion's Club Celebration. Many activities happening in Herrick ending with the annual Fireworks Display. 3-4 – Capital City Celebration, Downtown Springfield. Music, food and drink Saturday till midnight. Sunday, kick off at 3pm with family fun, food and entertainment for all. Fireworks at dusk on Sunday. 217-553-2082. Free. springfieldjaycees.org 4 – Monastery Museum, Route 40, East & South Garrott Street, Teutopolis, 12:30 4:00 p.m. 217-857-3586. 4 – Fourth of July Celebration, Effingham.

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Amish Country Cheese Festival, September 4-6 Sample the free cheese or try to eat the most of it in one of several cheese-eating contests at the annual festival that will last three days this year in Arthur. Highlighted by the National Cheese Eating Championships and the International Cheese Curling Championships, the festival in the heart of Illinois

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Amish country also features food vendors, a parade, music, and shopping in Arthur’s many stores. For more information visit www. arthurcheesefestival.com or call 800-72-AMISH.

Casey Popcorn Festival, September 3-7 The annual Popcorn Festival in Casey is slated to feature rides and shows for children; clowns and other entertainers; craft and food vendors; karaoke; musical acts; a car show; and of course, free all-you-can-eat popcorn. For more information, visit www.popcornfestival.net or call 232-2676.

Altamont 40th Schuetzenfest, September 10-11 Authentic German food, music, volleyball tournaments, Classic Car Show, a Trap Shoot, and many more are the events held at this annual event. Effingham County Fairgrounds, Altamont. For more information, call 618-483-5532.

Broom Corn Festival, September 10-12 Wearing the mantle of “Broom Corn Capital of the World,” Arcola once again celebrates its heritage with such tongue-in-cheek events as the broom corn sweeping contests and a parade featuring the Lawn Rangers “precision lawn mower drill team,” which marched in the 2009 inaugural parade of President Obama and boasts humorist Dave Barry as one of its members. The festival also will feature arts and crafts, free entertainment and food. For more information visit www.arcolachamber.com/festival s.html.

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Photo by Kevin Killhoffer all--Corvette Auction, road tours, product demos, celebrated in a parade as well as ladies events, and more. A show many other activities downtown stopping headline entertainment and in Forest Park. Scavenger concert, and event highlight, is hunts will precede the festival For more information call 217held Saturday evening. or visit Mid America Motorworks, 774-2221 17082 N US Hwy 45, Effingham, www.lakeshelbyville.com. IL 62401. Embarras Valley Film Festival, For more information, call November 11-13 866-350-4541 or visit www.ma The annual film festival organmotorworks.com. ized by Eastern Illinois University Marshall Autumn Fest, in Charleston will focus on someone September 17-19 in the film industry with ties to the Downtown, Courthouse area. Events will include film Square, Arts, crafts, car show, screenings, presentations and discussions, both at the historic Will entertainment or more For more information, please Rogers Theater in downtown call 217-889-3033 or 217-889- Charleston and at EIU’s state-ofDoudna 2211 or visit their website at the-art Fine Arts Cenwww.marshallautumnfest.com. ter. For more Scarecrow Daze, October 8-9 information visit Each year, Shelbyville is deco- www.evff.net. rated with scarecrows, which are

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Sightseeing Tips to Keep Kids Engaged (MS) -- Summer is a season synonymous with vacation. The kids aren't in school and Mom and Dad often take a week or two off to enjoy the warm weather and some time away with the family. For many families, no vacation is complete without a little sightseeing. A chance to experience other cultures or even the uniqueness of your own culture and its vast history, sightseeing is often a joy for adults but can prove tiresome for kids, particularly younger children. "Sightseeing and exploring various cultural institutions can be a wonderful way to enrich the lives of children and for families to create lasting memories together," said Linda Coulombe, Manager of Science Programs, National Children's Museum. "As our nation's children's museum, we know such excursions can sometimes be overwhelming for kids, which is why we are offering a few ideas for parents to consider to ensure their family has meaningful and memorable experiences." When sightseeing with children this summer, parents should consider the following tips, courtesy of the National Chil-

dren's Museum. * Limit your choices. Almost every cultural institution has something valuable to offer children, including lessons in art, history, science, technology, nature, and more. While it can be tempting to visit a variety of venues in one day, kids do best when they visit just one attraction at a time, whenever possible. Limit your experience to about two hours to allow children time to really absorb the content of that particular environment, so they can learn more and better remember their experience. * Let kids do the planning. If your child is old enough, allow her to tell you what she wants to see and do for a change. Kids are likely to be more interested, engaged, and excited if they get to help call the shots and create their own experience. * Focus on a specific area of interest. Before heading to your destination, choose a specific subject on which to focus during your visit. For example, if you are headed to the Museum of Natural History, you may choose to focus on learning about dinosaurs. Take some time to read up on the subject with your child in the days leading up to your visit, and discuss it on your way to the museum. Then head

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straight to Dinosaur Hall. Focusing on one area gets children excited about what they will see and enhances what they already know. * Use past experiences to connect your child to the site. Building on past experience is critical to a child's learning. To understand a new concept your child might encounter at a museum or monument, try to connect it to a concept that he is already familiar with. For example, if you know you will look at a sculpture that depicts a person

throwing a ball, bring your child's own ball with you and encourage him to use it in a similar way. * Create your own special activity. Allow your child to be actively involved in the learning process during your visit. Bring a notebook or sketchbook and crayons, and encourage your child to count objects, record what he liked most about his favorite exhibits, or sketch his own version of what he sees during your visit. Or before you head to the museum, take an online tour and create your own

"Treasure Hunt" or other handson activity where kids have an opportunity to see, touch, taste, and listen, or act out their impressions of what they experience. * Be an engaged and interested parent. Make it clear that your visit is a treat--a special time for you and your child to share together. Your level of enthusiasm, interest, and excitement is contagious. Be a learner along with your child and share the experience that learning is fun!

Inexpensive Family Vacations When an economy begins to suffer, few industries get hit harder than the tourism industry. Typically, vacationers choose to stay home during a recession, as money is tight and futures are less certain than during economic boom times. Considering the current state of the economy, it's no surprise many families are choosing to save money this year and forgo their annual vacations. However, families staying home this vacation season don't have to spend that valuable vacation time on the couch. The following inexpensive ideas can help families make lasting vacation memories while protecting their bottom line as well. * Visit family: Visiting

relatives for vacations can be a great way to reconnect with family and save money at the same time. If planned ahead of time, families can arrange to visit their relatives and save money by staying with family rather than in a costly hotel. Even if you need to fly, the money you save on hotel accommodations can make the cost of flying much easier to handle. * Do some local sightseeing: Though you might not realize it, the country has history nearly everywhere you look, including in your backyard. Appreciating the country's history doesn't have to be limited to costly vacations to tourist attractions such as Ellis Island or the Liberty Bell. Chances are, there's just as much local history to explore

and appreciate in your own neck of the woods, and doing so won't force you to break the bank. Day trips to local historical sites can be as valuable an experience as traveling far and wide to experience the nation's vast and storied history. * Visit the local amusement park: For kids, few days are better than days spent at the amusement park. And it doesn't have to be Disney World for kids to have fun. The local amusement park will suffice for kids and parents alike, and it will do so at a fraction of the cost of traveling to more popular and expensive amusement parks.

Calendar of Events May 2010 27-29 – EIU Boys State Track, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. 28 – Past-Forward Memoir Writers Group, Charleston Carnegie Public Library, 1:00 p.m. Free. 28 – Amateur TT Motorcycle Races, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield. 29 – Capital City Biathlon, Lake Springfield Beach House. Sanctioned by USA Triathlon. 29 – Springfield TT Motorcycle Races, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield. 29-30 – Mattoon Pride Memorial Day Classic, Mattoon Roundhouse Complex. www.mattoonpride.com 29-30 – Windy City Corvettes, Coles County Airport, Mattoon. Corvettes (and a few other types of cars) from Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin compete against each other on slalom type, closed courses. 708/7101138 or 708/301-1138 www.windycitycorvettes.com 29-30 – 22nd Annual Garden Ramble, Rt. 16, 1.5 miles east of Charleston. www.coleshistory.net 217-2356744

29-30 – Watson Area Homecoming. Memorial church service, parade, queen pageant and more. 217-536-6064 30 – Springfield Mile Motorcycle Races, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield.

June 2010 Mondays – Weekly Auction, Arthur, 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 217-543-3504 Mondays – Hay & Livestock Auction. Location: Arthur Sale Bar. 11:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 217-543-3255 Tuesdays & Fridays – Wholesale Flower Auction, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Located at the Arthur Produce Auction, Inc building. Wednesdays – Gunny Sack Revue, 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., Gazebo Annex in Downtown Arthur. June – Main Street Downtown Markets in Marshall. Dates and Times – TBA. For more information, call 217826-9023 June – National Road Festival. Dates and Times – TBA. 1 – SBL Golf Benefit, Mattoon Golf and Coun-

try Club. 217-348-2511 2 – Blood Pressure Screening, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Cross County Mall, Mattoon 2 – Bingo, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Cross County Mall, Mattoon 2-Oct 13 – Farmer's Market on the Square, Charleston Downtown Square. Every Wednesday, 6 am to 11 am. Homegrown produce, baked goods, hand-made items, plants and flowers. (217) 3488018 3-5 – Cushman Scooters Daze, 9:00 a.m. 7:30 p.m. Jurgens Park, Arthur. 15th Annual event. If you own or once owned a Cushman or just like to admire Cushman scooters, you will not was to miss this event. Sponsored by the Mid-America Cushman Club. 217-874-2771 3-6 – Moweaqua Pow Wow Days at Moweaqua City Park. Parade, vendors, plus lots more. 217-768-3036 4 – Miss Arthur Pageant, 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. At the Arthur High School Gymnasium. 4-5 – Strawberry Jam, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Downtown Arthur. Annual Spring festival. Craft vendors, flea market, commercial and food

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vendors, entertainment, and lots of strawberry treats. 4-5 – 16th Annual Strawberry Fest, Newton. Free family entertainment, music, games, food, parade with grand marshall at 11:00 a.m. 4-5 – Raggedy Friendship Gathering, Arcola. Exchange treasures, renew acquaintances, and visit the small town that was once the boyhood inspiration for the creation of the Raggedy Ann phenomenon. 4-5 – SOHO Musis Festival, Downtown Springfield. 4-6 – 20th Annual Raggedy Ann Festival, Arcola. 4-11 – Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Johnson Flight Encampment, Coles County Airport, Mattoon. Promotes aviation to young people by teaching them to fly gliders, balloons, and powered aircraft. 217-2347120 or 217-345-7120. 5 – Douglas-Hart Nature Center Prairie Loop 3-Mile Run 9:15 a.m. & 1-Mile Fun Run 8:30 a.m., Register by June 1, www.mattoonmultisport.com 5 – Strawberry Jam Bluegrass Jam, Arthur, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Arthur is once again proud to host the Strawberry Blue-

grass Jam once again in Downtown. Bluegrass players are welcome to gather in downtown Arthur and 'Pick, Grin, and Jam' all over. Bring an acoustic instrument and join in or a lawn chair and just watch and relax. 5 – Strawberry Social, Arthur. All day bake sale, fresh strawberry pie whole or by the slice. Mini auction at 6 p.m. featuring spring and summer items. Located at the Otto Center south of Arthur. 5 – The Great Gourd Gathering, 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. The Great Pumpkin Patch farm, located 2 miles south of Arthur, provides the perfect setting for the Illinois Guard Societys Annual Gathering. Come to admire, to be inspired, or to tap into you well of creativity?walk away with your own signature design or with you favorite artist's design. Call 217-543-2394 5-6 – Funfest for Air-Cooled VWs, Effingham Mid America Motorworks corporate campus located on U.S. 45 in Effingham will be flooded with Volkswagens of all types during the 11th Annual Funfest for Air-Cooled VW. www.funfestevents.com. 5-6 – International Horseradish Festival, Woodland Park, Collinsville. 6 – Monastery Museum, Route 40, East &


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Sightseeing Tips to Keep Kids Engaged (MS) -- Summer is a season synonymous with vacation. The kids aren't in school and Mom and Dad often take a week or two off to enjoy the warm weather and some time away with the family. For many families, no vacation is complete without a little sightseeing. A chance to experience other cultures or even the uniqueness of your own culture and its vast history, sightseeing is often a joy for adults but can prove tiresome for kids, particularly younger children. "Sightseeing and exploring various cultural institutions can be a wonderful way to enrich the lives of children and for families to create lasting memories together," said Linda Coulombe, Manager of Science Programs, National Children's Museum. "As our nation's children's museum, we know such excursions can sometimes be overwhelming for kids, which is why we are offering a few ideas for parents to consider to ensure their family has meaningful and memorable experiences." When sightseeing with children this summer, parents should consider the following tips, courtesy of the National Chil-

dren's Museum. * Limit your choices. Almost every cultural institution has something valuable to offer children, including lessons in art, history, science, technology, nature, and more. While it can be tempting to visit a variety of venues in one day, kids do best when they visit just one attraction at a time, whenever possible. Limit your experience to about two hours to allow children time to really absorb the content of that particular environment, so they can learn more and better remember their experience. * Let kids do the planning. If your child is old enough, allow her to tell you what she wants to see and do for a change. Kids are likely to be more interested, engaged, and excited if they get to help call the shots and create their own experience. * Focus on a specific area of interest. Before heading to your destination, choose a specific subject on which to focus during your visit. For example, if you are headed to the Museum of Natural History, you may choose to focus on learning about dinosaurs. Take some time to read up on the subject with your child in the days leading up to your visit, and discuss it on your way to the museum. Then head

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straight to Dinosaur Hall. Focusing on one area gets children excited about what they will see and enhances what they already know. * Use past experiences to connect your child to the site. Building on past experience is critical to a child's learning. To understand a new concept your child might encounter at a museum or monument, try to connect it to a concept that he is already familiar with. For example, if you know you will look at a sculpture that depicts a person

throwing a ball, bring your child's own ball with you and encourage him to use it in a similar way. * Create your own special activity. Allow your child to be actively involved in the learning process during your visit. Bring a notebook or sketchbook and crayons, and encourage your child to count objects, record what he liked most about his favorite exhibits, or sketch his own version of what he sees during your visit. Or before you head to the museum, take an online tour and create your own

"Treasure Hunt" or other handson activity where kids have an opportunity to see, touch, taste, and listen, or act out their impressions of what they experience. * Be an engaged and interested parent. Make it clear that your visit is a treat--a special time for you and your child to share together. Your level of enthusiasm, interest, and excitement is contagious. Be a learner along with your child and share the experience that learning is fun!

Inexpensive Family Vacations When an economy begins to suffer, few industries get hit harder than the tourism industry. Typically, vacationers choose to stay home during a recession, as money is tight and futures are less certain than during economic boom times. Considering the current state of the economy, it's no surprise many families are choosing to save money this year and forgo their annual vacations. However, families staying home this vacation season don't have to spend that valuable vacation time on the couch. The following inexpensive ideas can help families make lasting vacation memories while protecting their bottom line as well. * Visit family: Visiting

relatives for vacations can be a great way to reconnect with family and save money at the same time. If planned ahead of time, families can arrange to visit their relatives and save money by staying with family rather than in a costly hotel. Even if you need to fly, the money you save on hotel accommodations can make the cost of flying much easier to handle. * Do some local sightseeing: Though you might not realize it, the country has history nearly everywhere you look, including in your backyard. Appreciating the country's history doesn't have to be limited to costly vacations to tourist attractions such as Ellis Island or the Liberty Bell. Chances are, there's just as much local history to explore

and appreciate in your own neck of the woods, and doing so won't force you to break the bank. Day trips to local historical sites can be as valuable an experience as traveling far and wide to experience the nation's vast and storied history. * Visit the local amusement park: For kids, few days are better than days spent at the amusement park. And it doesn't have to be Disney World for kids to have fun. The local amusement park will suffice for kids and parents alike, and it will do so at a fraction of the cost of traveling to more popular and expensive amusement parks.

Calendar of Events May 2010 27-29 – EIU Boys State Track, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. 28 – Past-Forward Memoir Writers Group, Charleston Carnegie Public Library, 1:00 p.m. Free. 28 – Amateur TT Motorcycle Races, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield. 29 – Capital City Biathlon, Lake Springfield Beach House. Sanctioned by USA Triathlon. 29 – Springfield TT Motorcycle Races, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield. 29-30 – Mattoon Pride Memorial Day Classic, Mattoon Roundhouse Complex. www.mattoonpride.com 29-30 – Windy City Corvettes, Coles County Airport, Mattoon. Corvettes (and a few other types of cars) from Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin compete against each other on slalom type, closed courses. 708/7101138 or 708/301-1138 www.windycitycorvettes.com 29-30 – 22nd Annual Garden Ramble, Rt. 16, 1.5 miles east of Charleston. www.coleshistory.net 217-2356744

29-30 – Watson Area Homecoming. Memorial church service, parade, queen pageant and more. 217-536-6064 30 – Springfield Mile Motorcycle Races, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield.

June 2010 Mondays – Weekly Auction, Arthur, 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 217-543-3504 Mondays – Hay & Livestock Auction. Location: Arthur Sale Bar. 11:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 217-543-3255 Tuesdays & Fridays – Wholesale Flower Auction, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Located at the Arthur Produce Auction, Inc building. Wednesdays – Gunny Sack Revue, 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., Gazebo Annex in Downtown Arthur. June – Main Street Downtown Markets in Marshall. Dates and Times – TBA. For more information, call 217826-9023 June – National Road Festival. Dates and Times – TBA. 1 – SBL Golf Benefit, Mattoon Golf and Coun-

try Club. 217-348-2511 2 – Blood Pressure Screening, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Cross County Mall, Mattoon 2 – Bingo, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Cross County Mall, Mattoon 2-Oct 13 – Farmer's Market on the Square, Charleston Downtown Square. Every Wednesday, 6 am to 11 am. Homegrown produce, baked goods, hand-made items, plants and flowers. (217) 3488018 3-5 – Cushman Scooters Daze, 9:00 a.m. 7:30 p.m. Jurgens Park, Arthur. 15th Annual event. If you own or once owned a Cushman or just like to admire Cushman scooters, you will not was to miss this event. Sponsored by the Mid-America Cushman Club. 217-874-2771 3-6 – Moweaqua Pow Wow Days at Moweaqua City Park. Parade, vendors, plus lots more. 217-768-3036 4 – Miss Arthur Pageant, 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. At the Arthur High School Gymnasium. 4-5 – Strawberry Jam, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Downtown Arthur. Annual Spring festival. Craft vendors, flea market, commercial and food

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Friday, June 18, 2010

6 Classes 4WD County Trucks (Coles) 6,200# 2WD Trucks 7,700# Modified

10,000# Pro Stock 12,000# Pro Farm Stock 8,000# Pro Stock Diesel Trucks

Proceeds from this event benefit Corn Belt Shrine Club

Show starts @ 6:00pm Coles County Fairgrounds Charleston, IL www.cornbeltshriners.com Contact 232-1477 for more info.

vendors, entertainment, and lots of strawberry treats. 4-5 – 16th Annual Strawberry Fest, Newton. Free family entertainment, music, games, food, parade with grand marshall at 11:00 a.m. 4-5 – Raggedy Friendship Gathering, Arcola. Exchange treasures, renew acquaintances, and visit the small town that was once the boyhood inspiration for the creation of the Raggedy Ann phenomenon. 4-5 – SOHO Musis Festival, Downtown Springfield. 4-6 – 20th Annual Raggedy Ann Festival, Arcola. 4-11 – Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Johnson Flight Encampment, Coles County Airport, Mattoon. Promotes aviation to young people by teaching them to fly gliders, balloons, and powered aircraft. 217-2347120 or 217-345-7120. 5 – Douglas-Hart Nature Center Prairie Loop 3-Mile Run 9:15 a.m. & 1-Mile Fun Run 8:30 a.m., Register by June 1, www.mattoonmultisport.com 5 – Strawberry Jam Bluegrass Jam, Arthur, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Arthur is once again proud to host the Strawberry Blue-

grass Jam once again in Downtown. Bluegrass players are welcome to gather in downtown Arthur and 'Pick, Grin, and Jam' all over. Bring an acoustic instrument and join in or a lawn chair and just watch and relax. 5 – Strawberry Social, Arthur. All day bake sale, fresh strawberry pie whole or by the slice. Mini auction at 6 p.m. featuring spring and summer items. Located at the Otto Center south of Arthur. 5 – The Great Gourd Gathering, 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. The Great Pumpkin Patch farm, located 2 miles south of Arthur, provides the perfect setting for the Illinois Guard Societys Annual Gathering. Come to admire, to be inspired, or to tap into you well of creativity?walk away with your own signature design or with you favorite artist's design. Call 217-543-2394 5-6 – Funfest for Air-Cooled VWs, Effingham Mid America Motorworks corporate campus located on U.S. 45 in Effingham will be flooded with Volkswagens of all types during the 11th Annual Funfest for Air-Cooled VW. www.funfestevents.com. 5-6 – International Horseradish Festival, Woodland Park, Collinsville. 6 – Monastery Museum, Route 40, East &


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South Garrott Street, Teutopolis, 12:30 - 4:00 p.m. 217-8573586. 6 – HOT ROD Magazine Power Tour, Downtown Springfield. 6 – Goosenest Prairie Players Concert, Lincoln Log Cabin Historic Site, Lerna 6-12 – 49th International Carillon Festival, Springfield. Fireworks on Friday evening. 6-13 – Clark County Fair, Clark County Fairgrounds, N. 2nd Street, Marshall. For more information, visit http://clarkcofair.parks.officelive.com or call 217-826-6387. 7-11 – Annual Aviation Camp, Chanute Air Museum, Rantoul. 7-13 – LPGA State Farm Classic, Panther Creek Country Club, Springfield. 10-12 – All-Around-Town Garage Sales, Arthur. Town wide garage sales. Pickup maps at the Arthur Visitor's Center. Individual garage sales times may vary. 10, 12, 16, 17, 19 – FACE Presents “Squabbles”, Hendelmeyer Park Recreation Center, Effingham. 217-347-3223 11 – Memoir Writers Group, Coles County Life Span Center , Charleston, 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Free. 11-13 – Summer Craft Show, Cross County Mall, Mattoon 11-13 – Mattoon 9th Annual Fastpitch Classic NSA World Series Qualifier, Mattoon Roundhouse Complex. www.mattoonpride.com 11-13 – USPCA Dog 1 Certification Trials, Coles County Airport, Mattoon. Police dog trials. Expect 25-40 dog/handler teams from IL and surrounding states. The public is welcome to attend this event. 11-13 – Civil War Medical Encampment, Old State Capitol, Springfield. 11-19 – Civil Air Patrol (CAP) National Glid-

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er Academy, Coles County Airport, Mattoon. Dedicated to promoting aviation to young people from across the United States by teaching them to fly gliders. Now in its ninth year! 11-Aug 20 – Marshall City Band Concerts, Courthouse Lawn. Every Friday evening 8pm with an ice cream social prior to the concert. For more information, please call 217-826-3174 or 217-826-8087 12 – Second Saturday Book Sale, Decatur Public Library, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Used books and other items discounted for sale. 217-424-2900 12 – Mattoon Beach Triathlon. www.mattoonbeachtri.com 12 – Music in the Park, Mattoon Peterson Park Rotary Band Shell. Time and performers TBA. 14-15 – National Road Festival, Greenup. Crafts and entertainment on the Village Square and on the National Road. 15-19 – Midwest Charity Horse Show, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield. 15-19 – US Tumbling Assocation Nationals, Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield. 16-20 – Sangamon County Fair, New Berlin Fairgrounds. www.sangcofiar.com 16-20 – Annual Midwest Charity Horse Show, Springfield. www.midwestcharity.com 18 – Horse Sale, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Located at the Arthur Sale Barn. Tack auction begins and 9 a.m., Horse auction begins at 12:30 p.m. Located 1/2 mile north of Arthur. Call 217-5433255 for more information. 18 – Corn Belt Shrine Club & Tractor Pull, Coles County Fairgrounds, Charleston. www.itpapulling.com 217-

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Museum, Rantoul. 25 – Summer Flea Market, Cross County Mall, Mattoon 25 – Past-Forward Memoir Writers Group, Charleston Carnegie Public Library, 1:00 p.m. Free. 25-26 – 9th Annual Heart of America Pony Sale, Arthur. Located at the Tri-County Auction Facility. Consignments of all breed of ponies and pony cross, donkeys and miniature horses, tack, wagons, and carts. 217-268-3444 25-26 – Haunted America Midwest Conference, Lincoln Square Theatre, Decatur. 1-888-446-7859 or www.americanspookshows.com 26-27 – "Backyard Happenings" Garden Walk. Come and enjoy private gardens located throughout Shelbyville. Tickets will be available at Niestradt Landscaping starting May 17th. 217-774-7882 26-27 – Champaign County Sports Car Club Auto Cross, Coles County Airport, Mattoon. Sports cars from across Illinois compete against the clock on slalom style courses. 217-351-1907 or farquasi@mac.com 27 – Independence Day 1860, Homestead Prairie Farm, Decatur, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Civil War band concert and an ice cream social. 217-423-7708 30-July 6 – American Legion Post 88 Firecracker Classic, Mattoon. Both Jr. and Sr. Legion teams, expected 10/16 teams respectively.

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Tuesdays & Fridays – Wholesale Flower Auction, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Located at the Arthur Produce Auction, Inc building. Wednesdays – Gunny Sack Revue, 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., Gazebo Annex in Downtown Arthur. Wednesdays – Farmer's Market on the Square, Charleston Downtown Square. Every Wednesday, 6 am to 11 am. Homegrown produce, baked goods, hand-made items, plants and flowers. (217) 3488018 July – Main Street Downtown Markets in Marshall. Dates and Times – TBA. For more information, call 217-826-9023 1-3 – Mattoon 4th of July Invitational Baseball Tourney. 3 – 4th of July Parade, 9:00 a.m., Mattoon. 3 – Blue Ribbon Night, Mt. Zion Lions Club Pony Express Grounds, 6:00 p.m. Free entertainment by the band “Rock of Ages” with fireworks at dusk. Vendors and concessions available. Free Parking. Gates open - 6 p.m.; Music - 7 p.m.; fireworks at dusk. 217-864-5424 3 – Machinery Sale. Located at the Arthur Sale Barn north of Arthur. 3 – Arthur Freedom Celebration Parade, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 3 – Arthur Freedom Celebration, 4:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m. Helicopter rides, kid games, food stands, powered parachuters, WWII aircraft flyovers, sky divers, tishirt tosses, and much much more. LARGEST fireworks display in Central Illinois. Located at the south edge of Arthur behind the high school at the Mo-Do Fairgrounds. 3 – Fireworks Sponsored by Vandalia Lions Club, Vandalia Lake, 9-10 p.m. 3 – Rantoul 4th of July Parade. Breakfast at the High School Cafetoriam. 3 – 4th of July Chalk-in, Morton Park, Charleston, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 217348-5930. 3-4 – Red, White & Blue Days, Morton Park, Division & Lincoln Avenues, Charleston. www.charlestontourism.org 217-345-7691 3-4 – Herrick Lion's Club Celebration. Many activities happening in Herrick ending with the annual Fireworks Display. 3-4 – Capital City Celebration, Downtown Springfield. Music, food and drink Saturday till midnight. Sunday, kick off at 3pm with family fun, food and entertainment for all. Fireworks at dusk on Sunday. 217-553-2082. Free. springfieldjaycees.org 4 – Monastery Museum, Route 40, East & South Garrott Street, Teutopolis, 12:30 4:00 p.m. 217-857-3586. 4 – Fourth of July Celebration, Effingham.

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Amish Country Cheese Festival, September 4-6 Sample the free cheese or try to eat the most of it in one of several cheese-eating contests at the annual festival that will last three days this year in Arthur. Highlighted by the National Cheese Eating Championships and the International Cheese Curling Championships, the festival in the heart of Illinois

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Amish country also features food vendors, a parade, music, and shopping in Arthur’s many stores. For more information visit www. arthurcheesefestival.com or call 800-72-AMISH.

Casey Popcorn Festival, September 3-7 The annual Popcorn Festival in Casey is slated to feature rides and shows for children; clowns and other entertainers; craft and food vendors; karaoke; musical acts; a car show; and of course, free all-you-can-eat popcorn. For more information, visit www.popcornfestival.net or call 232-2676.

Altamont 40th Schuetzenfest, September 10-11 Authentic German food, music, volleyball tournaments, Classic Car Show, a Trap Shoot, and many more are the events held at this annual event. Effingham County Fairgrounds, Altamont. For more information, call 618-483-5532.

Broom Corn Festival, September 10-12 Wearing the mantle of “Broom Corn Capital of the World,” Arcola once again celebrates its heritage with such tongue-in-cheek events as the broom corn sweeping contests and a parade featuring the Lawn Rangers “precision lawn mower drill team,” which marched in the 2009 inaugural parade of President Obama and boasts humorist Dave Barry as one of its members. The festival also will feature arts and crafts, free entertainment and food. For more information visit www.arcolachamber.com/festival s.html.

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Photo by Kevin Killhoffer all--Corvette Auction, road tours, product demos, celebrated in a parade as well as ladies events, and more. A show many other activities downtown stopping headline entertainment and in Forest Park. Scavenger concert, and event highlight, is hunts will precede the festival For more information call 217held Saturday evening. or visit Mid America Motorworks, 774-2221 17082 N US Hwy 45, Effingham, www.lakeshelbyville.com. IL 62401. Embarras Valley Film Festival, For more information, call November 11-13 866-350-4541 or visit www.ma The annual film festival organmotorworks.com. ized by Eastern Illinois University Marshall Autumn Fest, in Charleston will focus on someone September 17-19 in the film industry with ties to the Downtown, Courthouse area. Events will include film Square, Arts, crafts, car show, screenings, presentations and discussions, both at the historic Will entertainment or more For more information, please Rogers Theater in downtown call 217-889-3033 or 217-889- Charleston and at EIU’s state-ofDoudna 2211 or visit their website at the-art Fine Arts Cenwww.marshallautumnfest.com. ter. For more Scarecrow Daze, October 8-9 information visit Each year, Shelbyville is deco- www.evff.net. rated with scarecrows, which are

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By NATHANIEL WEST Whether it’s a lawn mower drill team, mushroom hunting, scarecrow decorations or free bagels, popcorn and cheese, festivals in East Central Illinois are as individualized as the communities that host the events.

FunFest for Air-Cooled VW, June 5-6 This FunFest is MidAmerica Motorworks way of saying “Thank You” to all VW enthusiasts. The two-day event is the best AirCooled enthusiasts party anywhere. Expect to see more than 1,000 VWs and 8.000 enthusiasts. For additional information, send an e-mail to funfest @mamotorworks.com, call 866350-4541 or visit their website www.funfestevents.com.

Hot Rod Magazine Hot Rod Power Tour 2010, June 7 More than 2,000 hot rods are expected to roll into Mid America

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Motorworks for a lunch stop on Monday, June 17th. The Hot Rod Power Tour is the biggest traveling road show car tour anywhere in the world. Don't miss one of the largest gatherings of automotive enthusiasts from around the country as it makes its way through the Midwest. Mid America Motorworks, 17082 N US Hwy 45, Effingham, IL 62401. For more information, call 866350-4541 or visit www.mamotor works.com

Neoga Days, June 17-19 Held in Neoga’s Jennings Park, the annual Neoga Days festival this year has an ‘80s theme and includes a variety of new events, including a car and farm implement show, a three-on-three basketball tournament for all ages, a Guitar Hero videogame tournament and an antique appraisal similar to PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” program. For more information contact the Neoga city building at 895-3654 or coordinator

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Taste of Champaign-Urbana, June 18-20 Experience the ultimate in open-air dining! Take your pick of dishes as a variety of local restaurants and food vendors put out their best selections for you to sample. We've also got a feast for your ears offering free concerts from some of the best bands around! Shop for pottery, painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, and crafts or enjoy the Fun Zone with family-friendly entertainers, inflatables, pony rides and more. Taste is fun for all! West Side Park, Champaign, Friday: 5-9pm, Saturday: 11am-9pm, Sunday: 11am-6pm, Free Admission For more information visit www.champaignparkdistrict.com or call 217--398-2550.

Red, White and Blue Days, July 3-4 The 20th annual Independence Day celebration at Morton Park in Charleston is slated to feature country artist Joe

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our 25th anniversary by saying "Decatur Celebration Rocks the Big One - 25 Years of Fun". Decatur Celebration organizers announced that the festival's admission will remain FREE and asked the public to “Band Together” at the 25th anniversary. For more information, visit the website www.decatur celebration.com

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The 25th annual celebration of all things bagel will be held in Mattoon¹s Peterson Park. Organizers are bringing back “Christian Night” on Thursday following requests from community members, said Angelia Burgett, tourism director for Mattoon. The traditional Bagel Breakfast (including free bagels and toppings) will take place July 17. There will also be many events commemorating the 25th anniversary of Bagel Fest. For more information visit mattoon.illinois.gov.

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This year’s theme is Westfield Schools Reunion. Everyone who attended school is Westfield is encouraged to attend. Entertainment and events include: horse pull, pageant, Sawyer Brothers, biscuit & gravy breakfast, parade, auction, awards, class photos, Jackie Lawson & the Hillbilly Rockstars, community church services, Whisnants, and much more. For more information, visit Westfield Homecoming Festival on Facebook or visit www.clarkcountynow.com.

Windsor Harvest Picnic, August 22 The 114th annual picnic will be held in Windsor City Park, and will include vendors, entertainment and, of course, food. For more information visit www.lakeshelby ville.com.

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Parade 2pm, fireworks at dusk. 4 – Forth of July Celebration, Coles County Airport, Mattoon. Food vendors on site. Free admission; handicapped parking available. Bring lawn chairs/blankets. Shuttles available from Mattoon and Charleston. 800-500-6286 or www.mattoonillinois.org. 4 – Fourth of July Celebration, Clark County Fairgrounds, N. 2nd Street. The Marshall City Band performs prior to a spectacular fireworks display. 217-826-8087. 4 – Freedom Celebration in Moore Park, Arcola. Featuring an evening of food and fun for the whole family. 4 – Fireworks Extravaganza, Knight’s Action Park & Routte 66 Drive In, Springfield. 6-11 – Christian County Fair, Taylorville. www.christiancountyfair.com 7 – Blood Pressure Screening, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Cross County Mall, Mattoon 7 – Bingo, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Cross County Mall, Mattoon 7-11 – Morgan County Fair, Jacksonville 7-11 – Marshall-Putnam County Fair, Henry. www.marshallputnamfair.org 8-10 – Fabric Collage Quilts and Wearable Art Workshop, Otterbein United Methodist Church, Charleston, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.. Cost: $120 Coles County Arts Council member or $130 non-member. 217-345-1286 8-10 – East Central Illinois Shop Hop, Arcola. Join the cause for Ovarian Cancer. Purchase a passport and enter to win prizes. 9 – Memoir Writers Group, Coles County Life Span Center , Charleston, 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Free. 9-10 – Wings Program, Coles County Airport, Mattoon. This FAA Pilot Proficiency Award Program is designed to encourage general aviation pilots to continue their training. 217-744-1910, 217-785-5746, or 217-5245269. 9-11 – Sidewalk Sales, Cross County Mall, Mattoon

10 – Second Saturday Book Sale, Decatur Public Library, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Used books and other items discounted for sale. 217-424-2900 10 – Taste of Downtown, Downtown Springfield. 10 – Zoofari, Henson Robinson Zoo, Springfield. Enjoy free admission. 10 – Central Illinois Machinery Sale, Arthur, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Tri-County Auction. Antique and modern tractors plus other machinery. Lunch stand and bake sale on site. 10 – Three Dimentional Fabric Flowers and Shapes Workshop, Otterbein United Methodist Church, Charleston, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.. Cost: $75 Coles County Arts Council member or $85 non-member. 217-345-1286 10-11 – Taste of Summer and Corn Boil, Lincoln Log Cabin Historic Site, Lerna. www.lincolnlogcabin.org 217-345-1845 11-17 – 80th Annual Moultrie-Douglas County Fair, Arthur. Located at Jurgens Park behind the high school. 15-17 – Mattoon Bagelfest, 25th annual event with food, entertainment, carnival, Miss Bagelfest and more. For more information call 217-258-6286. 16-17 – Chatham Jaycees Sweet Corn Festival, Chatham Community Park. 16-17 – Central City Fest, Centralia. 16-18 –- Mattoon Bagelfest Softball Tournament. 16-18 – Annual East Central IL Antique Farm Equipment State Show, Coles County Fairgrounds, Charleston. www.terrydalefarms.com/show 217345-7250 17 – Vandalia Classic Cars & Trucks, Inc. Car Show, Vandalia. 618-238-4458 17 – Arthur's 3rd Saturday Downtown Craft Market, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 17 – Aquafest Carnival, Dam West Recreation Area on Lake Shelbyville. Sand Castle contests, Water Safety Programs, and much more. 217-774-3313. 17, 24 – Horse Sale, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Located at the Arthur Sale Barn. Tack

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22-26 – Cal Ripken Ohio Valley Tourney, Mattoon. 10-12 baseball teams. 23-25 – Non-Profit Groups, Cross County Mall, Mattoon 23-25 – The Annual Millroad Steam Thresherman’s Festival & Antique Tractor Show. Held at the Effingham County Fairgrounds, Altamont. 618-483-5201 or

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Walleye Fish Dinner, lots of vendors, entertainment and fun for whole family. 24-25 – Annual Model Train Show, Effingham County Fairgrounds, Altamont. FREE rides on Little Obie on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm courtesy of the Canadian National Railroad. 24-31 – Lawrence County Fair, Sumner 24-31 – Crawforld County Fair, Oblong 25-Aug 1 – Coles County Fair, Coles County Fairgrounds, E Street & Madison Avenue, Charleston. www.colescountyfair.com 217-345-4526 27-Aug 1 – Lake County Fair, Grayslake 28-Aug 1 – Ogle County Fair, Oregon 29-Aug 3 – Bond County Fair, Greenville. 29-Aug 4 – Adams County Fair, Mendon 30 – Past-Forward Memoir Writers Group, Charleston Carnegie Public Library, 1:00 p.m. Free. 30-Aug 1 – Heritage Days, Greenville. 31-Aug 1 – Winestock, Long Creek Vineyards, Long Creek/Decatur. Come see reunions of the area's most popular bands of the 70's, 80's and 90's on Saturday and an area wide jam session on Sunday. 217-571-0052

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Tuesdays & Fridays – Wholesale Flower Auction, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Located at the Arthur Produce Auction, Inc building. Wednesdays – Gunny Sack Revue, 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., Gazebo Annex in Downtown Arthur. Wednesdays – Farmer's Market on the Square, Charleston Downtown Square. Every Wednesday, 6 am to 11 am. Homegrown produce, baked goods, hand-made items, plants and flowers. (217) 3488018 August – Main Street Downtown Markets in Marshall. Dates and Times – TBA. For more information, call 217-826-9023 August – Marshall Main Street. All American Night/Lemonade Stand Contest, Downtown, Courthouse Square. Children’s themed homemade lemonade stands, food and entertainment for all. 217-826-9023. 1 – Mattoon Multisport Lytle Park Triathlon, Mattoon. .3 mile swim/12.5 mile bike/ 3 mile run. www.mattoonmultisport.com 1-6 – Pana Tri-County Fair at the Pana Fairgrounds. Pana Labor Day Parade on Monday. 3-10 – Effingham County Fair, Altamont. 618-483-6717 or 888-854-FAIR. 4 – Blood Pressure Screening, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Cross County Mall, Mattoon 4 – Bingo, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Cross County Mall, Mattoon 4 – 74th Annual Lantern Parade, Fairview Park, Decatur, 7:00 p.m. Celebrate 73 years of supervised play-

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ground recreation at the Decatur Park District's annual Lantern Parade. Children create homemade lanterns, then march around Dreamland Lake. A Decatur Park Singers concert and picnic conclude the evening of fun and lights. 217-422-5911 6 – Shelby County Relay for Life at Forest Park in Shelbyville, 6:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m. www.relayforlifeshelby.com 6-8 – Summer Antique Show, Cross County Mall, Mattoon 6-8 – Space Jamboree, Chanute Air Museum, Rantoul. 7 – Archaeology Day Special Event, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Collinsville, 10a-4p. 618346-5161 7-8 - Champaign County Sports Car Club Auto Cross, Coles County Airport, Mattoon. Sports cars from across Illinois compete against the clock on slalom style courses. 217-351-1907 or farquasi@mac.com 8 – Monastery Museum, Route 40, East & South Garrott Street, Teutopolis, 12:30 4:00 p.m. 217-857-3586. 8 – Annual Bluegrass Jam, Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, Lerna. www.lincolnlogcabin.org 217-345-1845 9 – Ice Cream Social, Arthur. 5:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Held annually as a pre-Mennonite Relief Sale event. Serving homemade ice cream, cakes, and sandwiches. Located at the Arthur Community Building at 120 E. Progress Street. 9 – Mattoon Junior Football Jamboree 13 – Memoir Writers Group, Coles County

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Life Span Center , Charleston, 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Free. 13-22 – Illinois State Fair, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield. 217-782-6661 www.illinoisstatefair.info 14 – Music in the Rotary Band Shell, Mattoon Peterson Park. Presented by the Mattoon Arts Council. Time and performers TBA. 17-21 – Morgan County Fair, Jacksonville 19-22 – Windsor Harvest Picnic in Windsor City Park. Plenty of food, vendors and big name entertainment for all to enjoy. 20-22 – Westfield Homecoming Festival, Westfield Park, www.clarkcountynow.com 20-22 – 43rd Annual Spassfest, Germantown. Music, food, dancing, games, rides, trivia contest, fireworks. 618-523-4202 21 – Arthur's 3rd Saturday Downtown Craft Market, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 21 – Horse Sale, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Located at the Arthur Sale Barn. Tack auction begins and 9 a.m., Horse auction begins at 12:30 p.m. Located 1/2 mile north of Arthur. Call 217543-3255 for more information. 21 – Horse Pull, Lincoln Log Cabin Historic Site, Lerna 22 – Wild Turkey Federation Banquet, a Little Wabash Longbeards Local Event. Knights of Columbus Hall, Teutopolis. Doors open 6pm, dinner served 7pm. 22-28 – Cumberland County Fair, Greenup 27 – Past-Forward Memoir Writers Group, Charleston Carnegie Public Library, 1:00 p.m. Free.

27-29 – Hydrofest NBRA Hydroplane Boat Races, Lake Shelbyville. Friday night enjoy a meal while enjoying the company of some of the racers. Then watch the races on Saturday and Sunday. 27-29 – Cowden Pioneer Days at Cowden City Park. Come and enjoy the log cabins with lots of displays, vendors, food, and the Rodeo! 217-783-6515 27-28 – Arthur Mennonite Relief Sale, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Otto Center. Quilts and locally made Amish goods auction. Many many food booths on site. Children's activities. 27-29 – Summer Flea Market, Cross County Mall, Mattoon 28 - Coles County Airshow, Coles County Airport, Mattoon. August 29 rain date. 28 - Zoo-rific Evening, Scovill Zoo, Decatur. This unique event will feature star gazing, animal demonstrations, specialty wines and food stations located throughout the zoo, a display of animal art works, fine dining, music and more! 217422-5911 28 - Outdoor Days, Altamont. The Ballard Nature Center, located on the National Road just east of Altamont. The day is packed full of activities for children and adults, admission is free. 618-4836856 or www.ballardnaturecenter.org. 28 – Old Capitol Blues & BBQ, Fifth & Washington Streets, Springfield. Great Blues music and BBQ favorites. 20+ vendors and BBQ competition.

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Explore Family Travel Ideas Despite the downward trends of the economy, many families will still be taking vacations this year. According to marketing reports by HomeAway, Inc., 28 percent of travelers say they don't expect the economy to affect travel plans. Others are looking for more cost-effective options so they can travel more affordably. Traveling with the family presents its share of adventures and obstacles. However, by following a few key pointers you can help make your trip go more smoothly. Here are some ideas when traveling with family in tow. Vacation Rentals Statistics indicate that many travelers are foregoing overpriced hotels and seeking timeshare or condo rentals as a travel alternative. Many travel agencies and Web sites cater to this kind of travel. It's possible to rent an apartment, condominium, timeshare, or home that is not in use by the owner during the time of your vacation. You can enjoy more space, more freedom and a home-away-fromhome attitude for the same cost or less of traditional hotel rooms. "When my husband, 5-yearold son and I planned a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands this year we priced out several hotel properties and read reviews, without being overly impressed," offers Emily from New Jersey. "We found a condo property that was available for much less, which featured a kitchen, bedroom, two baths and laundry facilities. Plus, it was steps from the beach.

This turned out to be one of the best vacations -- and most affordable ones -- we have had." Vacation rentals are nice ideas for families who want the ability to cook their own meals and spread out a bit while on vacation. Just remember that meals, housekeeping and excursions generally are not included in the price of the rental. All-Inclusive Resorts Families seeking the ease of having everything at their fingertips should consider the amenities at all-inclusive resorts. For a set price, accommodations, food, drinks, and some activities are included. This means you simply pack your luggage and arrive and don't have to worry about spending extra for the duration of the vacation. All-inclusive resorts generally limit activities to the resort property. Therefore, individuals interested in exploring may find this isn't the vacation for them. However, families looking for rest and little itinerary planning could find it to be ideal. There are all-inclusive resorts that specialize in family vacations. Also consider cruising, which is essentially a floating all-inclusive resort. Theme Parks Theme parks have long been a staple vacation idea for families. There are theme parks of all shapes and sizes across the country that are all about catering to families. Traveling in the off-season, meaning at times when there are no school holidays or week-long breaks, will help cost-conscious

families save a little money. Also, shop around for group packages that pair airfare, hotel rooms, meals, and theme park entry in an effort to save money. Keep in mind that if you're looking for quiet and relaxation, theme parks may not be the best option. Because they are so popular with families, you are sure to find kids in abundance at theme parks. Camping Many families are rediscovering the excitement of camping trips, whether close to home or at one of the country's popular campgrounds or national parks. Don't shy away from camping if you have infants or toddlers, either. It's possible to enjoy a camping trip with young chil-

With summer upon us once more, the summer vacation season is about to hit full swing. With the economy suffering through a recession, however, travel industry forecasters are predicting a slow season ahead as vacationers forgo their travel plans during these trying financial times. But saving on travel doesn't have to mean staying home entirely. Rather, there are ways for vacationers to still hit the road without breaking the bank. * Do your homework. Good deals are out there, it just takes time and effort to find them. Many people are familiar with the variety of Web sites such as Orbitz or Hotwire that offer dis-

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