Fall Fests Bring Even More Fun to Illinois’ Clinton County

CC fall festival imageWhile summer days are winding down, fall festivals in Clinton County are getting ready to begin! It’s always fun this time of year with apple picking, pumpkin patches and cool weather inviting us all outside to play. So, get out your calendars and jot down these fun upcoming events.

First up on September 19 is the Wamac Fall Festival in Centralia. This daytime family event includes a carnival, live entertainment, sports competitions, bands, games and kids activities. There’ll be plenty of food and beer to keep you happy too.
Wamac Fall Festival
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Wamac City Park
100 Wabash Avenue, Centralia
Admission is free.
Information: 618-532-1138

Also on that Saturday is the Bartelso Fall Fest 2015. Bring the family and head to Bartelso Park and join the kickball tournaments—adults and kids each have one! There will also be a Bags tournament, face painting and inflatable rides. Sponsored by the Bartelso Parent Faculty Club, the event will have DJ music playing all day, a live Talking Sports show with Rip in the afternoon, and the band, Scooters, performing in the evening. Food and refreshments will be available all day. Feeling lucky? The grad raffle prize is $5,000, with more than $12,000 in cash prizes to be awarded.
Fall Fest 2015
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Bartelso Park, Bartelso
Talking Sports with Rip, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Scooters concert, 7:30 – 11:30 p.m.
Information: 618-972-7666

The first Saturday in October is when St. Bernard’s in Albers will hold their Fall Festival. This favorite event begins late in the afternoon and mixes indoor and outdoor activities. A Grandparents Mass, pork sausage dinner, quilt and cash bingo and country store will all be inside. Outdoors, the fun includes children’s rides and games, pony rides and a vendor fair. Food available outdoors includes chili, burgers and fries, kettle corn, and funnel cakes as well as beer and soda. Bobby & the Buzzards will be performing on the outdoor stage in the evening.
St. Bernard’s Fall Festival
Saturday, October 3, 2015
St. Bernard Church and Parish Grounds
202 N. Broadway, Albers
4:00 – 10:30 p.m.
Grandparents Mass, 4:00 p.m.
Pork sausage dinner, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Country Store, Parish Center, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Vendor Fair, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Pony rides, children’s rides and games, starting at 5:00 p.m.
Bobby & the Buzzards, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Chili, burgers & fries, starting at 7:00
Quilt and Cash bingo, Albers Elementary gym, 7:00
Information: 618-248-5112

Head over to Breese the following weekend for the Breese Optimist Fall Fest 2015. It’s more fun for the family, starting with a fun run in the morning and continuing on throughout the day with live music, a vendor fair, kids activities and a truck show with Rusty Rodz Car Club. There will be a Chili Cookoff, and for beer fans, a Home Brew Contest sponsored by Excel Brewing . It all adds up to one fun-filled day!
Breese Optimist Fall Fest 2015
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Northside Park, North Cherry Street, Breese
5K/1K Fun Run, 9:00 a.m.
Live music, 12:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Chili Cookoff, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Home Brew contest, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Look But Don’t Touch-A-Truck Show, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

German beer and food is the focus of Hidden Lake Winery’s Oktoberfest on Sunday, October 25. Head on out to the winery for an afternoon of hearty German food, beer, wine and live music featuring Geoge Portz & His Friends of Bluegrass Band.
Sunday, October 25, 2015
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Hidden Lake Winery & Banquet Center
10580 Wellen Road, Aviston
Information: 618-238-9111

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Halloween Event!

All things Halloween is the focus of the Centralia Fall Fest, held the last Saturday in October. The all-day event is a family affair featuring a craft fair and flea market, free children’s games and activities, a chili cook-off, car show, entertainment, and lots of great food. food, The morning highlight will be the Children’s Halloween Parade, giving kids of all ages a chance to dress in costume and walk in the parade. The 89th annual Centralia Halloween Parade, kicks off at 7:00 p.m. with marching bands, floats and many more attractions.
Annual Fall Festival and Halloween Parade
Downtown Centralia
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Event starts at 9:00 a.m.
Children’s Halloween Parade, 11:00 a.m.
89th Annual Halloween Parade, 7:00 p.m.
Information: 618-533-5602

Add up all these fun events and you’ve got further proof—Clinton County is one fun place to visit!

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