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Festivals galore

by: Leah Oathout/Production Manager

As the leaves start changing and fall sets in, be sure to get out and enjoy all the festivals, exhibitions and concerts going on in central Illinois.

Join in the historical fun in the “Broom Corn Capital of the World” as the town of Arcola celebrates its past at the 43rd Annual Broom Corn Festival on Sep. 6-8. Watch broom making demonstrations, browse through the arts, crafts and flea market, eat delicious food and enjoy live entertainment all for free. There will also be a parade featuring the Famous Lawn Rangers. For more information, visit or call the Chamber of Commerce at 217-268-4530.

Come celebrate small-town Jasper county at the 40th Annual Jasper County Fall Festival on Sep. 13 and 14. The Newton Square will be filled with food, crafts, and lots of family fun. On Saturday there will be a parade of bands beginning at 10 a.m. Questions should be emailed to

The annual Altamont Schuetzenfest will be held the 13 and 14 of Sep. this year at the Effingham County Fair Grounds. Enjoy authentic German food, music and beer while the children play in the bounce houses. Friday afternoon is the kick off point with the beer gardens opening at 5 p.m. and Sojournrocs playing from 8 p.m. to midnight. Saturday begins at 9 a.m. with the Car Show registration and the volleyball tournament at 10 a.m. Jeep-n-Fest will get rolling at 11 a.m. For a full list of events, bands and contacts, see and search Altamont Schuetzenfest.

September 19, the famous Blue Man Group will be performing at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall. Ticket prices are as follows: floor seats for $62, sections A and B are $52, section C is $44, and section CC is $39. Groups of ten or more receive a $4 discount. Call Rose Munds at 217-333-5404 to purchase group tickets. For more information on the event, see

Car enthusiasts, be sure to stop by the annual Corvette FunFest at Mid America Motorworks in Effingham from Sep. 19 to 22. This is one of the largest conventions of Corvettes in the country with more that 150,000 cars. There are plenty of seminars as well, including Ron Fellows Performance Driving School. Questions should be directed to 217-540-4200.

Walk among beast from 65 million years ago at Discover the Dinosaurs, held in the Exposition Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. The exhibit features 60 museum-quality dinosaurs, some that can be controlled by the viewers. In addition, the exposition also has a dino dig, theatre, and scavenger hunt. For an additional fee, ride a triceratops or a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Admission for adults is $17, seniors $15 and children $12 (exhibit only) or $20 (exhibit plus). For more information, see the Illinois State Fairgrounds Calendar of Events or Tickets may be purchased in advance from the site.

With the new laws passing through the state and federal courts, it is important to know how to handle a gun properly. From Sep. 21 to 23, there will be an All American Gun Show at the Village Square Mall in Effingham with seminars and activities to learn just that, including child safety presentations. The show begins at eight a.m. on Saturday and will wrap up at 5 p.m. on Monday. Saturday evening is devoted to a large gun auction. Contact the mall office at 217-347-0623 for more details.

Beginning at noon on Sep. 28, the Effing Music Fest will rock Effingham at the Funfest Ampitheater on the grounds of Mid America Motorworks. Brett Eldredge, a country rockstar, will headline the show. Effingham-born Dani Flowers, Patoka native Drew Baldridge, Brushfire and Southern Illinois University alum Logan Mize will also be playing. General admission tickets are $25 and VIP admission is $150, which features VIP parking, front stage access, and private potties. Parking is $10 per car or $25 for limited VIP spots. Please bring a chair or blanket for general admission seating. The site requests that coolers remain in vehicles. For all the details, see, especially the FAQ section.

If you go to any of these events, please post photos on our Facebook Page, Lake Land Navigator. If there is something going on in your community in October, let us know and we will highlight the event in our Area News.

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