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Postings for October 05, 2013 Full Month View
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  All Day Barry Apple Festival   LaFayette Park. This annual event is one of the largest festivals in the area and celebrates everything apple in the quaint, historic town of Barry. A parade winds through the city where local music bands and a crafts show entertain visitors. Apple pies, ice cream and strudels are all specialties. Old-time crafts, local bluegrass band performances and a car show complete the weekend. Free. For information call 217-440-0771 or 217-242-9182.
  All Day Mt. Sterling Fall Festival   Mt. Sterling Fall Festival – October 4-6, 2013. Family fun and activities that include kids games, vendors, food, uptown historical walk, quilt show, car/bike show, cruise night, entertainment and much more! Contact Info: Karla 217-773-3013.
  8:00AM 12:30PM Farmers Market   Live, work, play, and be healthy! Downtown Springfield, Inc. (DSI) invites the public to attend opening day ribbon cutting and festivities for the Old Capitol Farmers’ Market, presented by St. John’s Hospital, Wednesday, May 15 at 10 a.m.; with live music by the Frank Trompeter Quartet, Celebrity Chef Demonstration by Ashley Meyer of Real Cuisine Restaurant & Catering, and free cake (while it lasts) made by Incredibly Delicious. The Market will be held 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturday’s May 15 – October 26 and is located on Adams Street between Fifth and Second streets. With nearly three full blocks of vendors there is an outstanding variety of produce, baked goods, meats, cheese, plants and many other specialty items. The Market accepts LINK, Debit, and Credit Card transactions for the purchase of Market Tokens ($1.00 each). The Market Token Station will be located at Development Services Group, 401 E. Adams (NE corner of Fourth and Adams) and available 8 a.m. to noon each Market day. Vendors will also continue to accept cash, checks, WIC and Senior Coupons. DSI again received grant funding from LINK UP Illinois to provide Double Value tokens for Link cardholders; LINK UP Illinois is a program of Experimental Station, in partnership with Wholesome Wave and the Illinois Farmers Market Association. LINK customers may receive a maximum of $10 of Double Value tokens per market day until grant funds are expended.
  8:00AM 1:00PM Taylorville Farmers Market   Saturdays through Oct. 27. Fresh, locally grown produce. East side of the square.
  12:00PM 6:00PM The A-Maze-ing Corn Maze   Open weekends from Sept. 7/8 through Oct. 12/13, PLUS open Monday, Oct. 14. Saturdays – 11-6, Sundays – 12-6 and Monday (Oct. 14) – 10-2. The location– on the curve in Auburn, 14100 State Route 4 – on the property of the Auburn United Methodist Church. Admission prices - $5 per person, 5 and under free. More information can be found on the church’s website: or the church’s e-mail
  9:00AM 6:00PM The Great Pumpkin Patch   The Great Pumpkin Patch is proud to invite guests to see over 300 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds from over 30 countries around the world; all grown here on our farm. Numerous premier displays, over 5,000 hardy mums, various mazes and gardens grace the grounds. There's a diversity, of plants and animals- with several goats, pigs, exotic chickens, rabbits, a llama and an alpaca. There are several places to eat and drink on the farm and lots of entertainment on the weekends. Named Illinois Agritourism Business of the Year in 2009, The Great Pumpkin Patch is much more than an ordinary pumpkin patch. It is a safe, family-fun atmosphere where learning can take place. Located in the heart of Amish country, 2 miles south and 1/2 mile west of Arthur, they are open from Sept. 15 through Oct. 31 every day, seven days a week, from 9 am to 6 pm. Admission is charged.
  6:30PM 10:00PM Boo Crew Haunted House   On the search for a good haunt? Then make sure Boo Crew Haunted House in Rochester, Illinois is on your Tour de Terror this Halloween season. Boo Crew Haunted House is no amateur operation – we’re serious about scary. Our creepy crew works on our haunted house haven for months, putting our sinister minds to work as we create a high-tech, theatrical environment that evokes blood-curdling screams and spine-tingling terror! Oct. 4-5, 11-13, 18-19, 25-26.
  7:00PM 9:00PM Candlelight Tour   Discover the village and interpreters in costume at night by candlelight. Free. New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, IL 60001
  7:00PM n/a Inherit the Wind   In the 1950s, playwrights Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, recognized a parallel to the anti-intellectual fervor of the anti-evolutionists to Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anti-communist Senate hearings to root out Communism in America, especially in the film and theatre communities. Lawrence and Lee chose the Scopes ‘”Monkey Trial” to explore the clash between fundamentalists and intellectuals, to make the point that man has the right to think. For showtime and ticket information, go to www.hcfta.orf
  7:00PM 10:00PM Terror on the Square   Ranked a top 10 haunt in Illinois for 2012 on! This terrifying haunted house with mystifying illusions and ghostly holograms is set in a 1930s funeral home on the square in Petersburg. Back this year is a mystifying illusion show in an old theater before or after the tour. Open Oct 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 31. West side of the square in Petersburg.
  6:00AM 11:59PM Little Flower School Online and Live Auction   Little Flower School in Springfield is holding an online auction starting October 5, 2013 and ending October 11, 2013. Anyone can bid on the over 100 items available. Items range from tickets to trips to handmade items. There's something for everyone! Visit to view the items and get registered to bid. A Wedding Crasher Reception and Live Auction will be held on October 12 at 5:30 pm. Break out your old bridesmaid dresses and powder blue tuxedos as we celebrate our mock bride and groom! The mock reception will consist of dinner, drinks, dancing, dollar dance, champagne toast and other fun wedding the live auction. Tickets can be purchased online at the link above.
  7:30AM n/a SCS Wildcat 5K Run/Walk and Kid's Fun Run   Springfield Christian School (SCS) is hosting its Third Annual 5k Run/Walk and Kid's Fun Run to be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, at SCS, 2850 Cider Mill Ln. The Wildcat 5k Run/Walk will begin at 8:00 a.m.; the Kid's Fun Run for ages 3-12 will kick off at 9:10 a.m. Prizes will be awarded in 17 different categories. The 5k is a timing chipped race and includes a short run through the woods on a foot trail. Participants can register online at through Oct. 2 (register by Sept. 23 to guarantee a t-shirt). You can also download a paper registration form by clicking the "Wildcat Run" button at Final postmark deadline is Oct. 2. Registrations will be accepted at packet pickup and on Race Day until 7:30 a.m. Packet pickup is between 4 and 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, at Springfield Christian School, 2850 Cider Mill Ln. Questions? Contact
  8:00AM n/a Abe's River Race   The inaugural Lincoln Heritage Water Trail ~ Abe’s River Race, a ACA sanctioned canoe and kayak race, will be held on Saturday, October 5 on the Sangamon River, ending at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site. Riverbank Lodge in Petersburg is the host site where canoeists and kayakers begin with registration/sign-in and return for the post-race awards and celebration. Abe’s River Race is for both competitors and those just wanting to casually paddle the river and be a part of this first of its kind event. This is the perfect, family-friendly opportunity to check out this historic waterway, as there will be monitors and safety personnel along the 6 mile course. There are five divisions of competition and awards for the top finishers in each category. Register now and through September 25 to receive an early online discount or register in person at Riverbank Lodge on October 4th and 5th. To participate and learn more about the Lincoln Heritage Water Trail visit or register directly at Following the race, all registered racers and paddlers should return to Riverbank Lodge to receive an Abe’s River Race t-shirt, tickets for prizes and more. The awards will be presented at approximately 4:30 pm. Food, drinks, and live music will be available throughout the afternoon and evening. The public is invited and local residents are encouraged join in the celebration of this inaugural event. All proceeds from the Lincoln Heritage Water Trail ~ Abe’s River Race will be applied to initiatives associated with improvements to the Trails, including future on-water activities, races, river clean-ups, and cultural and natural history tours. To see photos of canoes and kayaks on the river, along with a short video, please go to the Menard County Tourism Council website, The Menard County Tourism Council and Menard County Trails and Greenways Association are co-sponsors of the inaugural Abe’s River Race. For more information about the inaugural Lincoln Heritage Water Trail ~ Abe’s River Race, please contact Dick Moss at Riverbank Lodge at 632-0202 or Jim Reed via email at Additional details will be released in advance of the event and are online.
  9:00AM n/a Buffalo Stampede 5K Run/Walk   Everyone is invited to the 2nd annual Buffalo Stampede. The Buffalo Stampede is a family friendly 5K run/walk. The course will be part road and part grass trail. It will start at Tri-City High School and end at the school as well. All proceeds made from registration, beverages, and snacks will go toward the middle school track team to help update the track facilities and equipment. Please come for a fun morning with family and friends and to help your Tri-City Track Team!! TIME: 9am registration, 10am race. PRICE: Early registration cost is $15 and registration the day of is $20. For more information call Erich Schleicher at 364-4530 or email at
  10:00AM 6:00PM Abe's Corn Maze began as an idea to bring the community together to provide a safe, family-friendly environment for creating fun memories. It is located just off of I-55, exit 100-B, right next to iWorshipCenter on the north end of Springfield at 3200 Shaler Road; just behind the Farm and Home Supply on N. Dirksen Pkwy. Free hayrides. 5k run, inflatables, pumpkin painting. Admission: Adult (ages 12-up) - $6.00 Child (ages 5-11) - $3.00 Child (ages 4 & under) - free Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  10:00AM 6:00PM Fur, Feather, Fin Fall Fling   Final free admission day of the season. Activity packed day includes animal programs. Fur, Feather, Fin Fall Fling is the last of the zoo’s free admission events for the season and the hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The zoo is located at 1100 East Lake Drive.
  10:00AM 5:00PM LOESS Rock, Fossil and Gem Show   Demos, kids activities and more. $2, kids under 12 free. Illinois Building. (217) 622-3484.
  10:00AM n/a Rochester Olde Towne Fall Festival   Food vendors, live entertainment, Little Miss Rochester pageant, local artisans and crafters.
  10:00AM 12:00PM 3rd Annual Touch a Truck   Ever wanted to see how a firetruck operates, how a helicopter lands, or how a tractor works? Now is your chance! Come to Lincoln Park for the Springfield Park District's 3rd annual Touch a Truck. We will have vehicles of all shapes and sizes for kids to see. This will be our biggest one yet! Host Springfield Park District. Phone 753-2800.
  11:00AM 11:00PM Jacksonville Rotary Oktoberfest   Oktoberfest sponsored by the Jacksonville Rotary Club. Located at the Morgan County Fair Grounds. More information TBA. TIME: 11am-11pm. PRICE: $4 in advance & $5 at the gate.
  2:00PM 11:55PM Roktoberfest   Miss Roktoberfest contest at 4:20 p.m.; Ceremonial keg tapping at 4 p.m. by Chick Fritz; authentic Oktoberfest beers from Fritz Distributing; authentic large pour Oktoberfest mugs; full bar, ice-cold Jagermeister and authentic German wines; authentic German food including sausages, pretzels, spaetzles and more. Downtown Springfield at Seventh and Washington. $5 in advance. $8 day at the gate. Free commemorative mug with advance purchase. Free entry to those in authentic German Lederhosen (Guys) or Dirndl (Girls)!!! Tickets available at participating bars and Recycled Records. Captain Geech & the Shrimp Shack Shooters 10 p.m.; Murder of Crowes at 4:30 p.m.; Die Musikmeisters Oompah Band at 2 p.m.
  7:00PM n/a Michael Jr,'s Stand-Up and Give Tour   Christian comedian Michael Jr. will be coming to LCU to perform as part of Parent Weekend. One of today's best comics, his appearances include The Tonight Show, Comedy Central, The Late, Late Show, BET’s ComicView, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and CNN. He has also performed at the most prestigious comedy clubs across the nation, including The Improv, The Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store, The Punchline, The Comic Strip, and Zanies Comedy Club. And, if that’s not enough Michael’s versatility takes him from major universities to church events ranging from the 60,000 member Willow Creek Church in Chicago to the 17,000 member West Angeles Church in L.A. Please join us at this special event at 7 p.m. October 5, 2013, in the Earl Hargrove Chapel on the campus of Lincoln Christian University, in Lincoln, IL. Tickets are $20.00 Purchase tickets online at or call (800) 481-2761

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