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Carterville Fire Department Hot Air Balloon Glow and 5K
April 28, 2017 - April 29, 2017

Walker's Bluff | 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Hot Air Balloon Glow - April 28th @ 6-9pm
$10/Car, $50/Bus
5K - April 29th @ 3-6pm (Registration @ 1pm)
$25 for Pre-registration ending April 1st
$30 for any Registration after April 1st - up to day of event
     *Includes t-shirt and cost of admission for Hot Air Balloon Glow after race April 29th
Track is natural landscape through the woods/hills of Walker’s Bluff.
This is a Carterville Fire Department Fundraiser.  All proceeds go towards training/equipment.
*Rain Date for 5K AND Glow - April 30th, 2017
326 Vermont Road- Carterville, IL 62918
Event Coordinator: Adam Gossett, FM/EM (618) 964-4679


HerrinFesta Italiana
May 22, 2017 - May 29, 2017

Downtown Herrin | 07:00 pm
The City of Herrin and the Herrin Chamber of Commerce present HerrinFesta Italiana- voted Best Event or Festival at the 2014 Illinois Governor's Conference on Travel & Tourism.  This year marks the festival's 27th year and will run from May 22nd through May 29th.  This weeklong celebration of Italian heritage includes a grand parade, a variety of contests, concerts with world famous recording artists, a midway carnival and much more.  See the full week's event details below:
Monday, May 22nd
     Miss HerrinFesta Scholarship Pageant at Civic Center
Tuesday, May 23rd
     HerrinFesta Italiana Honoree's Banquet
Wednesday, May 24th
     Talent Contest at Civic Center
Thursday, May 25th
Friday, May 26th
     Prayer Breakfast at Civic Center
     Festa Golf Tournament at Pine Lakes Golf Club
     Corporate Bocce Tournament at Herrin Bocce Courts
     Kids HerrinFesta Party at Herrin McDonald's
     Sponsor's VIP Party at the Sponsor Tent
Saturday, May 27th
     Tri-Festa Triathlon at John A. Logan College
     Masonic Lodge Breakfast
     Grand Parade in Downtown Herrin
     Adult/Child Bocce Tournament at Herrin Bocce Complex
     "Bigga Nose" Contest at Herrin Civic Center
     Pasta Sauce Contest at Herrin Civic Center
     Pasta Eating Contest at Herrin Civic Center
     Grape Stomp at Herrin Civic Center (North Parking Lot)
     S.I. Beard and Mustache Competition at Herrin Civic Center
Sunday, May 28th
     Special Intentions Mass at Our Lady Mount Carmel
     Car Show at Herrin Park District
     Poker Run
     International Bocce Tournament at Herrin Bocce Complex
Monday, May 29th
     Road Races
     Memorial Day Service at the Doughboy Statue
     Road Races at Herrin City Hall (North End)
1 North Park Avenue- Herrin, IL 62948


The 161st Annual Williamson County Fair
August 08, 2017 - August 12, 2017

The Williamson County Fairgrounds | 07:00 pm
Illinois' longest running county fair, the 161st Annual Williamson County Fair will be held in Marion from August 8th through 12th.
Nightly from 6-10pm
   - Carnival Rides
     (Armbands per night, single ride tickets)
   - Sheena's Friends: Pony Rides and Petting Zoo
   - Food Vendors and Exhibitors
Tuesday, August 8th
   - Demolition Derby #1:
     Compact, Chain and Wire Cars, Kids Power Wheels
Wednesday, August 9th
   - Family Night: Free Grandstand Entertainment
Thursday, August 10th
   - Rodeo:
      Bareback Riding, Breakaway Roping, Steer Wrestling, Miniature Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc, Team Roping,
      Cowgirls Barrel Racing, Bull Riding
Friday, August 11th
   - Antique, Garden, Super Stock, and ITPA Tractor Pulls/Hot Farm Stock Pullers
Saturday, August 12th
   - Speed Horse Show
101 North Fair Street/1500 East Main Street- Marion, IL 62959


104th Annual Carterville Free Fair
September 07, 2017 - September 09, 2017

Cannon Park | 08:00 am - 10:00 pm
104th Annual Carterville Free Fair sponsored by the Carterville Lions Club will be September 7th, 8th, 9th.  There will be a Carnival, Parade, Bingo, Ping Pong Ball Drop, 5K and other Races, Queen Show, Food Vendors, Entertainment, Fireworks and more!
120 North Greenbriar Road- Carterville, IL 62918
Booth Rental (618) 985-2252


Twilight 5K Glow Run/Walk
September 08, 2017

Carterville Free Fair @ Cannon Park | 07:30 pm
Race Day registration and packet pick-up at the Community Center from 5pm-7pm.  River-to-River Chip Timing provided.  Race starts and finishes at the Carterville Free Fair at Cannon Park on Greenbriar Road.  Course is flat & fast!  Kids' Fun Run will be held at Cannon Park at 6:30pm.
 PURSE & TROPHY TO TOP OVERALL MALE & FEMALE RUNNERS.  Medals to top three male and female runners in each age group 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60 and up.
120 North Greenbriar- Carterville, IL 62918
Leigh Gusta (618) 925-6026


Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days
September 23, 2017 - September 24, 2017

John A. Logan College | 08:00 am - 05:00 pm
Held on the 4th weekend of September at John A. Logan College, this 2-day show includes bass fishing seminars, Buck-skinners Village, High School Bass Classic, Dock Dogs, goose calling cometitions, kids shooting and archery, kids fishing hole, Outdoor Art and Heritage show, retriever demonstrations, and much more.
700 Logan College Road- Carterville, IL 62918


8th Annual Marion Main Street HubFest
September 23, 2017

Downtown Marion | 12:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Marion Main Street's HubFest hosts live bands, entertainment, food and merchandise vendors, hot dog eating cometition, dunk tanks, bounce houses, cornhole, car show and much more.
Tower Square Plaza- Marion, IL 62959
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Southern Illinois Irish Festival
September 29, 2017 - October 01, 2017

Walker's Bluff Winery | 11:00 am - 07:00 pm
The Celtic Fair will feature two outdoor stages both days, with performances by Saint Louis-area Irish and Scottish groups like The Wee Heavies, The Brianna Brown Band, Buckley & Walsh, and Celtica, along with Southern Illinois Celtic bands The Dorians and Roisín Dubh, and the local ensemble Heart Strings.  The Sunday lineup also includes some popular regional Americana bands.  The Festival includes food and drink for sale, merchandise vendors, Scottish Highland Games, bouncy houses for children, an Irish children’s village, piper Sean Folsom, Magic Storyteller Chris McBrien, and Liam the Extra-Large Leprechaun.
Admission is $10 for adults and Free for children under 18.  Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
326 Vermont Road- Carterville, IL 62918