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Pumpkin Season in ILSouth!

Tiffany Garavaglia
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Fall, Halloween, Holidays, Orchards

Western Counties

Relleke Farms
1526 Bischoff Rd.
Granite City, IL

­­Weekend Hours: 10am-5pm

Activities: Barrel Train Rides, Bounce Houses, Camel Rides, Corn Maze, Crying Chicken Roller Coaster, Face Painting, Giant “Wild Thing” Slide, Haunted Barn, Hay Rides, Jungle Maze, Krazy-Korn Palace, Mini-Golf, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Pumpkin Painting, Pictures, Pumpkin Chucker, Pyramid Slide, Sand Art, Spider Town, Spin the Pumpkin Ride, Train

Website: http://www.rellekepumpkinpatch.com/

 

Eckert’s Millstadt Fun Farm
2719 Eckert Lane
Millstadt, IL

Weekend Hours: 9am-6:30pm

Activities: 70 Foot Mineshaft Underground Slide, Carnival Rides, Corn Maze, Fort Eckert Playground, Haunted Hayride, Jack-O-Labber (Pumpkin Cannon), Jumping Pillow, Live Shows on the Grand Stage, Miniature Golf, Petting Farm, Pig Races, Push Pedal Tractors, Uncle Aubrey’s Fun House, Tire Swings

Website: http://www.eckerts.com/

 

Pumpkin Blossom Hill
5483 State Route 154
Red Bud, IL

Weekend Hours: Friday & Saturday –  9am-6pm; Sunday – 10am-4pm

Activities: Arts/Crafts Store, Corn Maze, Face Painting, Kettle Corn, Mechanical Bull, Playground

 

 

Central Counties

Rainbow Ranch Petting Zoo
9906 Rte 15
Nashville, IL 62263

Weekend Hours: Friday & Saturday –  9am-5pm; Sunday – 12-5pm

Activities: Corn Maze, Exotic Petting Zoo

Website: http://www.rainbowranchzoo.com/

 

McConauchie Manor Farm
9360 Brinkman Rd.
Carlyle, IL

Weekend Hours: Friday & Saturday – 10am-10pm; Sunday – Closed

Activities: Barrel Train Rides, Corn Maze, Hay Rides, Petting Zoo, Playground, Pony Rides, Pumpkin Chucker, Tire Mountain

Website: http://mcmanor.com/

 

Schwartz Orchard
19425 Copple Road
Centralia, IL

Weekend Hours: 8am-6pm

Activities: Corn Maze, Straw Maze

Website: http://schwartzfruitfarm.com/

 

 

Eastern Counties

Dorney’s Pumpkin Patch
R.R 2 Box 14
Lawrenceville, IL

Weekend Hours:

Activities: 20 Foot Slide, Bounce House, Choo-Choo Express, Corn Maze, Dark Straw Crawl, Hay Ride, Gourd Slingshot, Gold Mine

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Dorneys-Pumpkin-Patch-125952200840589/

 

Shreves Pumpkin Patch
2142 County Road 150 N
Barnhill, IL

Weekend Hours: Friday & Saturday – 10am-6pm; Sunday – 12-6pm

Activities: Corn Maze, Hay Rides

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Shreves-Pumpkin-Patch-161136953913734/?fref=ts

 

Streif’s Country Market
Highway 45 North
Flora, IL

Weekend Hours: Friday – 3:30-6 pm; Saturday & Sunday – 9am-6pm

Activities: Corn Maze, Straw Maze

Website: https://www.facebook.com/StreifPumpkinPatch/

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Craft Beers Bubbling Over in ILLINOISouth

Illinois South Admin
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Beer, Fall, Shop Local, Tourism Times

It’s a brew-volution, and your old best friend Bud should be wiser for it by now. Well, if you’re starting to prefer wheat, fruit- or pumpkin-flavored beers brewed in smallish batches, you won’t mind that poke at the region’s biggest, all-American (Belgian) brewery. (I mean, what’s this strawberry-rita swill the maker of the so-called Great American Lager is trying to make us swallow nowadays?)

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The Excel Brew Crew

Craft beers are the rage all around. A new proponent of the “designer” beer is Bill Meier of Excel Bottling Co. in Breese, makers of Ski and more than a dozen other soda flavors. Excel launched a new division, Excel Brewing Co., just shy of two years ago. One variety is Lefty’s Lager, named for the grandfather who founded the local bottler in 1936.

Soda sales are declining, says Meier. Meanwhile, beer industry experts say the market share of craft beers has risen sharply, more than 20 percent in the last two years. To coin a phrase, looks like Meier et al. are in the clover… well; hops, that is.

Increasingly, beer makers are coming out of their basement or garage operations to fashion brews that are local-local-local. Aficionados of these frosty, foamy adult beverages need only visit the nearest bar or family-owned pizza joint to see that there are at least a half-dozen more options nowadays than Stag or Bud Light. There may be Schlafly from St. Louis, which started almost 25 years ago as not much more than a tap room.

Or there may be a couple varieties from Kaskaskia Brewing Co. in Red Bud… and, if not today, then soon. The new owner has seen sales increase three-fold since he took over the business. In March.

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Makraft Brewery in Centralia

Mature adults prefer a better beer, beer crafters say. The kids? From underage to legal, they don’t really care. Most just want it cheap. You certainly don’t have to be a beer snob to enjoy a superior product, but you also don’t have to put up with weak, flavored yellow water, as some beer crafters call today’s corporate product.

Meanwhile, fresher product just tastes better, notes Meier. So he tries to keep his inventory as low as he can. Would you sell a pizza that’s been out of the oven too long? The four DeGonia brothers sure wouldn’t. But the DeGonia Bros. don’t spin dough; at this writing, the longtime home brewers were planning a microbrewery in a revitalized section of downtown Granite City. (OMG… how about a double chocolate stout?)

Making beer is a labor of love. But to survive in a fragmented commercial market, expansion is key, so long as you don’t get too big or grow too fast. Obviously, craft brewing is economically feasible, with industry observers today counting upwards of 3,000 microbreweries from coast to coast.

Did we say pizza and beer? In O’Fallon is Peel Wood Fired Pizza and Brewery, which hasn’t yet celebrated its first birthday. Neither has Recess Brewing in Edwardsville. Meanwhile in Madison County, Alton will welcome a second location of Belleville’s 4204 Main Street Brewing Co., if it hasn’t already. And in Centralia, you can sample Makraft Brewing Co.’s product at their tap room.

So, let’s click glasses and raise some luscious local foam to our mouths!

CLICK HERE for more information on the Breweries throughout ILLINOISouth!

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4 Great Fall Art Fairs in ILLINOISouth

Illinois South Admin
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Art, Events, Fall

The art scene in ILLINOISouth is thriving. Along with museums, galleries and specialty shops, art fairs are a mainstay for many communities across our region. Ranging from small festivals to multi-day events, art fairs draw tens of thousands of visitors and millions in revenue and economic impact to Southern Illinois.

There’s no better time to see art in full display than the fall travel season. Here are four great events coming up that you should definitely check out.

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Fairview Heights • Last Weekend in August
One of the area’s biggest shows, this event features over 100 artists, live entertainment and more. The three-day event fills a ball field at Moody Park at Long Acre in Fairview Heights. Two music stages, interactive children’s area with entertainment, food and cold beverages accompany the art showdrawingthousands of people every year.

While you’re there, take a walk around the park or let your kids play on one of the playgrounds!
street_artHighland Street Art FestivalHighland • 3rd Saturday in September
The Highland Street Art Festival is not your typical art show. Over 50 artists gather to create colorful, complex works of art on the street with chalk. It certainly is a sight to behold! The depth and beauty of these pieces is astounding. A local art expo and standard art-show attractions can be found as well.

Onley Arts Council Fall Festival
Olney • Last Saturday of September
Visit Olney City Park on the last Saturday in September to find art and crafts from local creators! Proceeds from the events vendor booths and concessions support the Olney Art Council’s workshops, performances and more.

While at the event, keep your eyes peeled for Olney’s famous white squirrels. These adorable creatures spend the Fall months scurrying around collecting food for the Winter!

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Highland • 2nd Weekend in October
This annual affair takes place in Lindendale Park amidst an array of fall colors. The natural beauty, and crisp, Autumn air create the perfect setting for an exciting art show featuring demonstrations, food, wine tasting, creative children’s activities and more. Find everything from photographs and paintings to jewelry and sculpture by artists from surrounding areas and beyond!

CLICK HERE for more information about these and other great fall events in ILLINOISouth!!!

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Fall Food Fun

Illinois South Admin
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Events, Fall, Tourism Times

As we’re transitioning from Summer to Fall in Illinois South, one of our FAVORITE things to do is…well…eat. Fortunately, opportunities to do so are plentiful this time of year.

August is filled with several towns breaking out the grills for one last hurrah. Pair the delicious barbecue with entertainment, like the car shows in Maeystown or New Baden, or live music and a bags tourney in Beckemeyer and you can make a day of it.

For a taste of something different, check out the Crawfish & Gumbo Festival at the Kaskaskia River House in New Athens at the end of the month.

Further down the line, several communities hold Chili Cook-offs – some as big events where the chili takes center stage and some as part of other big events. Other locales will feature Oktoberfest Celebrations to celebrate the rich German heritage in our region. There will be more bier and bratwursts in the area than you can shake a stick at!!!

Some events feature locally made wine, beer or ciders – tasty!

Find more information below or CLICK HERE for our online calendar!

August 14 – 15
Sips & Tastes
Shiloh
Enjoy delicious food and great music.
618-377-2504

August 15
Winestock
Hidden Lake Winery, Aviston
618-228-9111

August 16
Maeystown Fire Dept. BBQ & Show Us Your Ride
Maeystown
Enjoy great barbecue while seeing cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors.
618-580-5875

August 22
Little Pig Cook-Off
BCDC Park, Beckemeyer
In addition to blind judging awards, attendees will determine by popular vote, the “Best Porksteak” and the “Best Site.” Music will be playing all day, and other activities include a bags tournament, raffles, kid’s area and more.
618-227-8331

August 22
Annual Fun in the Sun BBQ & Cruise-In Car Show
New Baden Village Park
Held annually on the 4th Saturday of August, there will be all licensed makes and models, trophies and dash plaques, awards presentations, food, drinks, 50/50 raffle, music and attendance prizes.
618-588-3813

Salem Bluegrass & Barbecue

Salem Bluegrass & Barbecue

August 28 – 30
25th Annual Bluegrass & BBQ
Bryan Memorial Park, Salem
Bluegrass music and barbeque festival featuring live bluegrass music.
618-315-3877

August 29
National Crawfish & Gumbo Festival
The Kaskaskia Riverhouse, New Athens
The National Crawfish and Gumbo Festival will feature chefs from Louisiana, Florida and points all across the country! Entertainment includes legendary Zydeco Crawdaddies, “The Sauce Boss” Bill Wharton, The Funky Butt Brass Band and more.
618-475-2223

Berryville Chowder

Berryville Chowder

September 5
Berryville Chowder
Berryville Community Bldg., Berryville
Line up and fill a bowl with this local favorite!
618-839-5081

September 19
Lincoln Place Heritage Festival
Lincoln Place Community Center, Granite City
Armenian, Mexican, Macedonian and Bulgarian ethnic foods and pastries for sale. Free, continuous ethnic entertainment, featuring dancers, vocalists and music from Russia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Armenia, Mexico, Spain, Croatia, Scotland, Celtic Harp, Appalachian mountain dulcimer and Italian opera. Lincoln Place historical displays, quilts, Eastern European costume displays and children activities.
618-876-6400

September 25
Autumn Art Walk
Greenville
Fine art, savory food and wine and delightful music are featured at this event sponsored by Our Common Ground. Artists from the St. Louis metro region are spotlighted at this outdoor event.
618-664-9272

October 2 – 3
Chili Cook-Off
Downtown Belleville
Belleville’s Chili Cook-off features the culinary creations of individuals, local organizations & area businesses, as well as a children’s area, 5K run and entertainment throughout the weekend!
618-233-2015

October 9 – 10
Octoberfest
Steeleville
The fun begins Friday evening with a parade and continues with food, beer, music, craft fair, washer tournament, kids’ activities and a variety show.
618-559-7635

October 10
Freeburg Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook-Off
Freeburg Village Park
Make a day of tasting delicious chili and more.
618-410-4077

October 10
Chili Cook-Off
Okawville
It’s chili tasting for all, and prizes for the best chili, people’s choice and best decorated booth. Kids activities, wine tasting, additional food items, beer, soda and other beverages are also available.
618-243-5694

October 11
Oktoberfest
Maeystown
Browse more than 50 artisans, crafters, dealers, and numerous food stands. The village specialty shops, bed and breakfast, restaurants and museum are open.
618-458-6660

October 17
Chili Cook Off & Arts and Crafts
Dupo Community Park, Dupo
In addition to the great chili booths there will be arts and crafts, prizes, food, music, games and walk of honor.
618-282-3280

October 17
Fall Fest & Chili Cook-Off
Mascoutah
This annual event has something for the entire family. There’s a Chili Cook-off, Car Show, craft & product vendors, children’s area, food and entertainment. In the Chili Cook-off you can sample over 20 kinds of chili.
618-566-7355

October 24
Chili & Soup Cook-Off
New Baden Village Park
There’s a Tasters’ Choice competition for both chili and soup with prizes awarded in both categories. Families will find a craft fair, touch-a-truck equipment display, bounce houses, etc.
618-588-3813

October 25
Oktoberfest
Hidden Lake Winery, Aviston
Enjoy German food, beer, wine and live music.
618-228-9111

Hidden Lake Winery, Aviston

Hidden Lake Winery, Aviston

 

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Antiques – Bringing Way Back When to Here and Now

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Antiques, Attractions, Fall, Shopping, Tourism Times

antiques twitter bannerPeople who love to trade in antiques are a very special breed. They live for the “find,” like the couple who buy the rickety old wooden chair at a garage sale for 15 bucks—then, before driving off to the next poor soul’s house, can’t resist telling the clueless sellers that it’s antebellum.

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Fabulous Finds by Jerri Allen, Olney

Few are that snarky, of course. They’re a community not unlike the experts on Pickers or Pawn Stars. They see through the rust, grime and flaking paint to see what’s beneath. They recognize character. And, value.

Plenty of antiquers buy and sell in ILLINOISouth, the 20-county corridor that stretches from St. Louis east to the Indiana border like a belt that holds up a paunch facing west.

Some are big, some are small, some are malls. Some trade in true antiques… that is, items that have been around a century or more… some in “collectibles.” Most have a little of some, a little of the other. For many, antique just means that they don’t make ’em like they used to, or you had something similar at home growing up, or you collect fine French china. (And don’t mind the little “flea bite” on that glazed white pitcher from around 1920. Turn the chipped side to the wall and nobody will notice.)

Some collectors love to display well-used farm implements, inside and out. There’s plenty of that around here, from Fairview Heights to Olney.

One thing to remember: Wherever it is, no antique store is ever the same place twice! So come early, come often.

  St. Clair Antique Mall, Fairview Heights:  618-628-1650

One of the region’s several antique malls is only 15 minutes from downtown St. Louis. Two hundred dealers offer a dizzying array of goodies, so make a day of it. If there was a specialty here, it would be primitives, crock ware, glassware and furniture. Just across I-64 is one of the region’s major retail malls and dozens of big-box stores, where you can take a break to shop for some new stuff.

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Windows Off Broadway, Highland

Windows on Broadway, Highland: 618-651-4401

There are nearly 100 windows on this building, thus the name. Want some old magazines or 45 RPM singles? Check. A butter churn or bowling pins? You got it. But the 2,100-square-foot atrium graced by all those windows? Probably not. It’s more than an antique store; it’s a destination for intimate special events with a kitchen and bar.

The Antique Mall of Perry County, Nashville: 618-336-5300

Seventy-plus vendors have it all, from quality antiques to vintage collectibles…
all on one floor, in 12,000 square feet of space.

Vintage Collections Antique Mall, Mt. Carmel:  618-262-2513

Some collectors want things that are vintage or “retro,” regardless of whether they’re truly antique. You’ll find those here, too. Various genres are available, from primitives to costume jewelry. Dealers are always welcome.

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Vintage Collections Antique Mall, Mt. Carmel

Prairie Albion Antique Mall, Albion:  618-302-2146

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Prairie Albion Antique Mall, Albion

Are you a “repurposer”? This place is chock full of stuff you’ll want to work with. There are stoneware crocks, primitives and pottery, and blue “canning” jars. Or, select one-of-a-kind decorations for a banquet or country wedding!

Fabulous Finds by Jerri Allen, Olney:  618-919-0532

This unique emporium offers French Country, shabby chic, primitives, upcycled and repurposed treasures. You crazy kids might even find items that you could fashion into “steampunk”… simply from picking through what other shoppers passed off as “just junk”… here or at any other of stores we featured.

Click Here for more Antique Shops and other unique shopping throughout Illinois South!


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Small Business Saturday ILLINOISouth

Alex Matthews
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Fall, Holidays, Sales, Shopping

We all know about Black Friday (quickly turning to black Thursday – much to our dismay) and Cyber Monday. These are days to kick-start your holiday shopping with deals galore on hot items from toys to TVs and everything in between. Over the last few years, more emphasis has been placed on keeping that money at home through SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY promotions…and we couldn’t be more thrilled!

This Saturday, November 29, several communities throughout ILINOISouth are offering great promotions to attract shoppers. On top of that, stores and other businesses are offering great discounts on their best merchandise. It’s a win-win! You get to save, and in some cases even win money, all while supporting local shops and boosting the area’s economy.

Below is a short list of specials that people told us about, alphabetized by community.

Belleville

Eckert’s Country Store
One-day coupon to receive $10 off your purchase of $50 or more
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Fall Art & Craft Fair
Belle-Clair Expo Center, 200 S. Belt E., Belleville, IL
There will be over 400 exhibitors featuring crafts, holiday items, gifts, jewelry, decorations and much more.

Piece by Peace
132 W Main St, Belleville, IL
30% off of Harveys Handbags when you bring in canned goods to be donated to our local food bank.

TOCO (Tapestry of Community Offerings)
825 West Main, Belleville
Will be running 1/2 off all Holiday Merchandise

Carmi
Businesses in Carmi will offer deals to go along with the White County Christmas Celebration. Click here to find out more on their Facebook page.

Collinsville

Biegert Jewelers
113 West Main St., Collinsville, IL
20% Off on all Charles Albert Jewelry
20 % Off on all Frederic Duclos Jewelry
20% Off on all Estate & Antique Jewelry
25% Off all Bulova Watches

11th Annual Native American Holiday Market
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 30 Ramey St., Collinsville, IL
Purchase holiday gift items made by Native American artists and crafters; jewelry, paintings, baskets, pottery, weaving, herbals, bronze work and more.

Greenville

Several businesses in Greenville will be offering deals as part of a city-wide effort.

Highland

Get out and shop and enter for a chance to win $100 Chamber Gift Certificate! Shop Local & Love it!

Click Here to grab the flyer on the Highland Chamber Facebook page and take it to participating businesses.

Mascoutah

Several Mascoutah Businesses will offer discounts. The Chamber of Commerce is also running a promotion throughout the Holiday Season. Visit MascoutahChamber.com for more information.

Mt. Carmel

The Wabash County Retail Merchants Committee is again doing “Win What You Spend” for Small Business Saturday. The promotion is very easy–simply make a purchase at any RMC store on Friday, November 28th, and/or Saturday, November 29th.  Sign the back of your receipt and drop it into a registration box that several stores will have.  The receipts will then be collected and winners will be drawn on Tuesday, December 2nd. You can enter receipts separately or staple several together. If your receipt/receipts are drawn, you will win that amount in RMC gift checks up to $250.

For a list of participating businesses, call the Chamber office (262-5116) or Sharon Harris at WSJD (263-4300).

Other offers include:
Hot Tees and Cool Vinyl
431 North Walnut St.
10% off hats

The Corner Apparel
335 North Market St.
10% – 30% off

Aly Mae Images
420 North Market St
Pictures with Santa

Tastee Freez
805 West 3rd St
Homemade chili, grilled cheese, and a 22 oz drink for $4.99
Buy any slushee at regular price, get same size free. Our flavors are green apple, blue raspberry, strawberry banana, grape, cherry, and lemonade. 2 for $5 sandwich special on fish sandwich, bbq ribblet, and the breaded tenderloin.

Waterloo

The City of Waterloo will be giving away $750 in Gift Certificates. Contest cards will be available at all participating merchants 1 week prior to deadline of entry, December 1, 2014. Enjoy the extra time to shop, browse and have your card stamped early. Rules for the drawing are: Contest Card must be stamped by each participating merchant, and you must be 18 years or older to enter. Completed cards can be dropped off at any of the participating merchants prior to deadline of December 1, 2014.

Participating Merchants:

A World of Difference
127 North Main St.

Bountiful Blossoms Floral & Gifts
121 South Main St.

The Clothes Line Boutique
123 West Mill St.

Diehl’s Floral & Gifts
726 Rogers St.

Helping Hands Thrift Store
695 North Moore St.

Merle Norman Cosmetics & Boutique
742 North Market St.

Mill Street Treasures
125 West Mill St.

Nice Twice Resale Shop
518 Park St.

Peterstown Heritage Society
275 North Main St.

Reiniger Jewelers
911 North Illinois Rt. 3

For more information contact Sarah Deutch: 618.939.8600 ext. 211

These are just the deals our partners let us know about. If you know of any other offers or promotions, tell us about it on Facebook, Twitter or in the comments below!

Don’t forget to pass this information along to your friends and family!

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Paying Tribute to Veterans in ILLINOISouth

Alex Matthews
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Attractions, Events, Fall, Holiday Guide, Tourism Times, What's Happening

We at the Tourism Bureau are incredibly thankful for the brave men and women in ILLINOISouth who have fought, and continue to fight for our freedom. We encourage you to visit three new sites built in three different communities in honor of service people past and present.

Constructed on the main campus of Kaskaskia College, a community college located just outside of Centralia, The Veterans Tribute is a unique, heartfelt monument that honors the men and women who have served, are currently serving, and those who will serve our Country in the future.

Kaskaskia Veteran's Tribute

Historically, memorials are designated for those who have left us, whereas the Tribute honors all veterans, both living and deceased. The Tribute allows students, family members and visitors a connecting link to veterans by providing a broader spectrum, appreciation, and understanding of the magnitude, of all the veterans have done in preserving democracy and in keeping the dream of freedom alive.

Planned for three phases, the Tribute currently consists of a warrior’s court featuring the seals of the five branches of service and a bronze American Eagle with a ten foot wing span. The Tribute also has two walls which contain granite panels that accommodate more than 25,000 names of veterans. The Tribute itself is ringed with American flags and cherry trees. Future phases include installing three additional walls to contain up to 38,000 names, and an education building.

St. Libory Veteran’s Memorial

Over in St. Libory, visitors can honor area heroes at the Veterans Memorial in Wenneman Park. After ten years in the making, the site has plaques for the Navy, Air Force, Army, Marines and Coast Guard. Local veterans are honored with their names in bricks on the top level of the memorial. Freeburg has also recently added a new Military Flag Memorial and Honorary at the Village Park. Residents will gather on Veteran’s Day this year for the site’s first Flag Raising Ceremony.

Each Veteran’s Day, several of our communities hold events and services in honor of our veterans. Visit our online calendar for the latest information on events all over ILLINOISouth.

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Eleven Notable November Events

Alex Matthews
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Events, Fall

Don’t get too caught up in the holiday buzz just yet…wait until we start writing about it on the blog next week.

For now check out these 11 super-unique (and mostly non-holiday related) events happening in ILLINOISouth this month. From cool history lectures to fantastic shopping events and days just for the ladies, there’s something happening this month that everyone can enjoy.

CLICK HERE to find more information about these and other great events on our online calendar!

1) Mascoutah in the Civil War: Stories You Haven’t Heard Before
Now through November 16, 2014
Mascoutah Heritage Museum, Mascoutah, IL
To commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the Mascoutah Historical Society has created an exhibit to highlight how the city’s citizens responded to the national crisis of the Civil War. Visitors to the Heritage Museum can explore the complexities of Mascoutah’s involvement through artifacts, images and documents.

2) Solid Gold Cadillac
November 7, 2014 – November 9, 2014
208 Kaskaskia St., New Athens, IL
Open House Theatre presents the three act comedy about a small stockholder versus a big corporation.

3) Toast of Marissa
November 8, 2014
200 N. Main St., Marissa, IL
This exciting event will feature wine tasting, live music, food, vendors, a 5K Run, a 1 Mile Fun Run, 50/50 raffle and a grape stomp.

4) “Expect Delays” Red Carpet Premiere and Film Screening
November 13, 2014
The Lincoln Theater, Belleville, IL
Join us for some extra holiday fun at the Lincoln Theatre for the Red Carpet Premiere of Expect Delays, an independent feature film from the creators of Belleville shot right here in Southern Illinois. Arrive at 6:30 for the Pre-Show and Red Carpet for your chance to meet the cast and crew, and stay for the 7:30 screening. Did we mention this is a Christmas movie?

5) Monroe County Welcome Center Scavenger Hunt
November 15, 2014
Monroe County Welcome Center, Columbia, IL
Don’t miss this fun-filled hunt through the magical towns of Monroe County. The event is not a race, but a joyful journey. Many prizes and giveaways!

6) Speaker Bill Nunes Presentation
November 15, 2014
Glen Carbon Historic Museum, Glen Carbon, IL
In this fascinating presentation, Bill Nunes will speak about about local prohibition bootlegger Buster Wortman as well as World War II.

7) Saint Louis Symphony Mondays
November 17, 2014
The Hett, Lebanon, IL
An exquisite concert experience features smaller chamber ensembles of Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra musicians.

8) Frauenabend
November 21, 2014
Maeystown, IL
Enjoy an evening just for the ladies! Frauenabend, or Ladies Night Out, will feature unique dining, shopping and pampering for the holidays. Vici’s Front Porch and Tea Garden will be open for dinner during the event, with dining from 4:30-8:30 p.m. The Maeystown General Store will offer private label food samplings, the Village Kaffeehaus will feature its Smooth Brew and teas, the Sweet Shoppe will offer discounts on teapots, Georgia Mae’s Antiques will offer discounts on select items and the Preservation Society Museum will be open for visitors.

9) Girls Day Out
November 22, 2014
National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL
Jump start your Christmas shopping and enjoy lots of fun at the Shrine’s Girls Day Out! With a multitude of vendors, and so much more, this exciting event has something for girls of all ages!

10) Fall Indian Market Days
November 28, 2014 – November 30, 2014
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site,  Collinsville, IL
Purchase holiday gift items made by Native American artists and crafters; jewelry, paintings, baskets, pottery, weaving, herbals, bronze work and more.

11) The Great American Train Show
November 29, 2014 – November 30, 2014
Gateway Center, Collinsville, IL
This show features operating model railroads, train dealers, collectors, hands-on exhibits, demonstrations, workshops and much more! There is a train for kids to ride on as well. It’s a great way to spend the day whether you are an avid modeler or just looking for fun and an interesting day out with the family.

What November events are you most looking forward to? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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BOO! Haunted Happenings in ILLINOISouth

Alex Matthews
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Events, Fall, Halloween, Holidays, What's Happening

Don’t look behind you…

We told you not to look!

It’s a frightfully fun time here in ILLINOISouth. Ghosts, Goblins and Ghouls lurk around every turn. Haunted hikes and spooky spectacles are the norm for many communities throughout October leading right up to the big day…Halloween.

Head out to one of the many Halloween parades to see all of the classic creepers like mummies, vampires, Frankenstein, witches…even zombies. Watch out for the zombies though – Walking Dead comes back on this weekend, and it has me convinced you can never be too careful.

Show off your costumes and, most importantly, let the kiddos collect candy at trunk-or-treats and Halloween parties. For the ladies, Lebanon and Columbia host “Witches Nights Out”. (They said it, not us.)

However your family likes to celebrate Halloween – we want you to stay safe and have fun. Here’s a list of Haunted Happenings in ILLINOISouth:

October 10-11, 17-18, 24-15
Haunted Hayrides
Eckert’s Farm, Millstadt
There’s lots of ghoulish fun for young and old during this hayride through Eckert’s haunted orchard.
618-233-0513

October 9
Ghouls (Witches) Night Out
Columbia
Dress the part – witches costume, hat and broom contest, and enjoy a fabulous night of shopping and prizes.
618-281-7144

October 10 – 11, 17 – 18 & 24 – 25
Historical Museum Haunted House
Historical Museum, Centralia
618-533-7623

October 10 – 12 & 17-19
Little Shop of Horrors
Avon Theater, Breese
Clinton County Showcase presents this rock musical, comedy, horror hit at the historic Avon Theater.
618-526-2866

October 17 – 18
Haunted Trail
McDonald’s Restaurant, Carlyle
Climb aboard a hay wagon in the McDonald’s parking lot and take a hay ride down to a trail where ghosts and ghouls hide.
618-594-2484

October 17 – 18
Haunted Hike
Silver Lake Park, Highland
Go for a haunted hike into the darkness and see what lurks at night in the Park!! The hike on the 18th is for families with younger children. On the 19th, prepare to be scared!
618-651-1386

October 24
Belleville Trick or Treat
Main Street Belleville
Trick or treat on the Nation’s longest main street, and stock up on candy and goodies!
618-233-6769

October 24
Halloween Party
Caseyville Community Building, Caseyville
Lots of games, costume contest, Halloween pictures, food, and more.
618-345-6256

October 25
Halloween Parade, Fall Festival & Craft Fair
Centralia Recreation Complex, Centralia
This parade is older than the Macy’s parade and features floats, marching unites, horses, old fire trucks, costumed characters, school bands and more. The Fall Festival is held during the day with a children’s parade, chili cook-off, mini train rides, haunted house, craft fair, games for the kids, food and car show.
618-532-6789

October 25
Halloween Hi-Jinks
Main Street Columbia
Main Street merchants have stocked up on treats for the little princesses, ghosts and all.
618-281-7144

October 25
Halloween Parade
Flora
618-662-5646

October 25
Pumpkin Patch & Children’s Bike Parade
Downtown O’Fallon
Children are invited to join the bike parade and trick or treat at downtown merchants.
618-624-4503

October 26
Witches Night Out
Lebanon
Sharpen the point on your hat, oil the broom and fluff up the cat, leave the little goblins where they’re at and com to Lebanon’s scariest shopping event. Restaurants and shops will be open. A fortune teller will be strolling the street. The spooky music and historic buildings provide a haunted backdrop for some wicked good fun. It’s a “ghoul’s night out.” Costumes are encouraged; it’s quite a sight to see.
618-537-6625

October 26
Halloween Parade
Leu Civic Center, Mascoutah
It’s a party with food, costume contests and children’s games, plus a parade!
618-566-2175

October 31
Scare Square & Pumpkin Glow
City Hall Fountain Park, Columbia
Loads of Halloween fun, trunk-or-treating for the kids and pumpkin carving contest for all ages.
618-281-7144

October 31
EdGlen Chamber of Commerce Halloween Parade
Edwardsville
Over 100 floats, marching bands, school groups and entertainers take to the streets of Edwardsville to experience this 90+ year tradition called the biggest Halloween celebration in the Metro-East.
618-656-7600

October 31
Trunk or Treat
Waterloo Courthouse Square
Organizations provide a safe trick or treating environment for the kids. Event features a Candy Check Point sponsored by the Waterloo Fire Department and Monroe County EMS.
618-939-8600

For more Fall fun, read about great Fall Festivals and Chili Cook-offs on our blog.

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TURN UP THE HEAT – Chili cook-offs in ILLINOISouth

Alex Matthews
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Events, Fall, Food, What's Happening

Communities all over ILLINOISouth come together this time of year to celebrate the best part of Fall…STEAMING POTS OF CHILI!!!

Individuals, businesses and community groups bring their A-games to festive events every year, with one goal – to make the best chili in town. Searching far and wide, they find the best meats, the hottest peppers, the right blend of beans, and secret ingredients that they simmer to perfection.

While you’re chowing down on chili peruse a variety of vendors, entertainment, art exhibits, children’s crafts and more – you can even carve a pumpkin in some cases.

Not a chili fan? Most events offer several great food and beverage options making for a well-rounded menu.

October 3 – 4
Chili Cook-Off
Downtown Belleville
Belleville’s Chili Cook-off features the culinary creations of individuals, local organizations & area businesses, as well as children’s area and entertainment throughout the weekend!
618-233-2015

October 4
Du Quoin Fall Festival
Keyes Park, Du Quoin
There will be craft vendors, chili cook-off, live D.J. and open mic, Elvis impersonator and whistle pigs.
618-318-0434

October 11
Chili Cookoff
Freeburg
Make a day of it at the chili and salsa contests, washer tournament, bike show, white lightening run, music, truck pulls, children’s activities, craft show and fireworks.
618-977-9378

October 11
Chili Cook-Off
Okawville
It’s chili tasting for all, and prizes for the best chili, people’s choice and best decorated booth. Kids activities, wine tasting, additional food items, beer, soda and other beverages are also available.
618-243-5694

October 18
Fall Festival, Chili Cook-Off, Craft Fair
Dupo Community Park, Dupo
The whole family will have fun tasting the chili, browsing the arts & craft and food vendors and enjoying live music and games.
618-286-3280

October 18
Fall Fest & Chili Cook-Off
Mascoutah
This annual event has something for the entire family. There’s a Chili Cook-off, Car Show, craft & product vendors, children’s area, food and entertainment. In the Chili Cook-off you can sample over 20 kinds of chili. The Car Show offers a variety of makes and models. The wide variety of Craft and product vendors that line Main Street is just the place to start your Christmas shopping. The free children’s activity area has crafts, bounce houses and the highlight is the story time featuring the Mascoutah Library Players, who bring a season story to life. From 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 618-566-2244

October 25
Chili & Soup Cookoff
New Baden Village Park, New Baden
There’s a Tasters’ Choice competition for both chili and soup with prizes awarded in both categories. Families will find a craft fair, touch-a-truck equipment display, bounce houses and more.
618-588-3813

October 25
88th Annual Halloween Parade & Fall Festival & Craft Fair
Centralia Recreation Complex & Downtown, Centralia
This parade is older than the Macy’s parade and features floats, marching unites, horses, old fire trucks, costumed characters, school bands and more. The Fall Festival is held during the day with a children’s parade, chili cook-off, mini train rides, haunted house, craft fair, games for the kids, food and car show.
618-532-6789

October 25
Fall Festival
Downtown Collinsville
The day is packed with fun family festivities that include Trick or Treating, a Chili Cook-Off from 10am to 3pm, a Children’s Costume Contest at noon, and a Pet Parade that steps off from the Dog Park at 2pm.
618-558-1372

November 22
Santa’s Holiday Avenue Parade & Chili Cook-Off
2000 Edison Ave., Granite City
Large holiday parade with over 100 entries followed by Chili Cook-Off and vendor festival. There will be St. Louis food trucks and local vendors as well as arts, crafts, jewelry and much more. Free stuff for the kids, face painting, pony rides, giant blow-up slide, bouncy house and train rides. 
618-876-1076

November 22
Holiday Happenings
Red Bud
A full day of fun is on the menu with a chili cook-off and deer sausage competition, trolley rides, home tour and taste of Red Bud and make sure you don’t miss Santa’s arrival to town at noon!
618-282-3505

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