Celebrate In Illinois At Carlyle Lake’s 50th Anniversary

Come help Clinton County, Illinois, celebrate one of its greatest features at Carlyle Lake’s 50th Anniversary celebration, June 9-11, 2017.

It’s hard to imagine our area without Carlyle Lake; it’s become a part of so many family activities over the years. The idea of the lake was conceived in the early 1930’s as a solution to frequent flooding of the Kaskaskia River. After the Army Corps of Engineers compiled a comprehensive plan, the Carlyle, and Shelbyville Reservoir Projects were given the go-ahead by Congress in 1958. Now Carlyle Lake and shore area is a mainstay of activity; in summer with boating, swimming, camping; and year-round for fishing, hiking, and biking.

The 50th Anniversary Celebration will feature a wide range of activities, offering a little something for everyone. We’ve listed a few of the scheduled events below, but be sure and check the Clinton County website for a complete listing of all the activities, plus the latest up-to-date information.

50th Anniversary of Carlyle Lake
June 9-11, 2017
Dam West Recreation Area
801 Lake Road, Carlyle, IL

Friday, June 9, 2017
4:00 p.m. : Carnival opens
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: The Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall Opening Ceremony
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Soulard Blues Band
8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.: David Gerald

Saturday, June 10, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: 5K Run/Walk Across the Dam
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Carlyle Lake Commemorative Ceremony
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Little Mr. and Miss Carlyle Pageant
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Eskimo Brothers
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Whiskey Dixon
8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.: Drew Baldridge
Other Saturday events include a Pet Show Parade, Reptile Experience with Serengeti Steve, Teddy Roosevelt impersonator, and history presentations.

Sunday, June 11, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: John Schlitz
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Riker Band
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.: World Bird Sanctuary – Birds of Prey
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Mike and Joe
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Babaloo (also at 12:00 p.m.)
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Head East
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: The Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall Closing Ceremony
Other Sunday events include impersonator Brian Fox Ellis doing Adventures of Lewis & Clark, and John James Audubon.

This weekend is the perfect excuse to pack the family in the car and head to Clinton County. We’ll be looking for you!

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