The southwest Illinois town of Albers is having a party, and everyone is invited!
June 4-5, 2016 marks Albers’ Quasquicentennial, and the citizens are hosting a two-day gala in its honor.
Founded by German immigrants, Albers is a steadily growing rural community of around 1,000 people. At one time it was known as the “biggest little town in Illinois,” due to the amount of business it had compared to its small size. It was also home to one of the state’s largest mines, the Monterey Coal Mine. Today Albers, which sits along the Southern Illinois Railway 35 miles east of St. Louis, offers a delightful slice of rural life, with a strong sense of community.
The Quasquicentennial festivities begin early on Saturday, June 4 with a Fun Run for all ages. This is followed by a morning bike ride, a huge afternoon parade, kids rides and games. A Country Store will be selling all sorts of delicious items including homemade wine, sausage, jams and jellies and baked goods. And to keep things lively, music will be provided by Jimmy & the Parrot. You can check the Albers 125 Facebook page for updates, and for specific times for the events.
June 4-5, 2016
500 Park Avenue, Albers, IL
Coinciding with this event, the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit will also be at the park in Albers. Arriving in a high-tech, 53-foot tractor-trailer that unfolds to reveal a 1,100 square-foot exhibit, the display honors the tragic 9/11 event and those who answered the call. Included in the display are artifacts, first-responder transmissions, videos and guided tours by New York firefighters.
June 4, 4p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
June t, 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
This weekend is a highlight of summer for this proud small town—and for the area. It would be a great time for a visit!