Following are events happening in the metro-east in June 2013.
1 -- Mascoutah Ice Cream Festival Walk. 200 E. Main St. 5-, 10- or 20K walk through Mascoutah. Ice cream samples along the way. $3.
1-2 -- Shriners Circus. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, Belleville. $14 adult; $10 child. Tickets from any Shriner, call 618-874-1870 or at any Schnucks, Hucks or Moto Mart Store. Proceeds benefit Ainad Shriners operations.
1-2 -- Rendezvous Open House, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Creole House Historic Site, Prairie du Rocher. Guided tours of French American traditional home. Sponsored by Randolph County Historical Society.
1-2 -- Summer Rendezvous. Fort des Chartres, Prairie du Rocher. Hundreds of re-enactors set up camp. 18th century contests, trade goods, artisans, military displays.
2 -- Strawberry Festival and Chicken Dinner. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Concordia United Church of Christ, 7600 State Route 163, Belleville (north of Millstadt). Fried chicken and sides; dine in or carryout. Quilt raffle.
2 -- Doll, Toy, Bear, Dollhouse and Miniature Show. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Belle-Clair Exposition Hall, 200 South Belt East, Belleville. Early bird buying, 8 a.m. $5 admission. Door prizes hourly. Doll appraisal, 1-2 p.m. Doll stringing on site. Silent auction and special exhibits.
3 -- Shriners Circus. 7:30 p.m., Monroe County Fairgrounds, Waterloo. Adult $14; child $10. Tickets from any Shriner, call 618-874-1870 or at any Schnucks, Hucks or Moto Mart Store. Proceeds benefit Ainad Shriners operations.
5 -- Car Cruise. 5-9 p.m., Dandy Inn, 1030 Lincoln Highway, Fairview Heights. No outside food or beverages allowed.
6-8 --Marissa Coal Festival, 5-10 p.m. Thursday, noon Friday to 1 a.m.; 9 a.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Marissa Park. Thursday: Ride armbands $15 5-10 p.m.; food stands open; poker stand open, Mranda Hagan performs 6-10 p.m. Schedule for Friday: ride armbands $15 6-11 p.m., food stands, kettle corn, bingo, poker; Historical Society's Academy Building open; music by Party Bus, 4-7 p.m.; music by Breech of Peace, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Events on Saturday: Legion Auxiliary's 6K Run, 8 a.m.; ride armbands $15 6-11 p.m.; food stands, kettle corn, washer tournament, dunking booth; Lions' Car Show 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; kiddy tractor pull, 9:30 a.m.; Team Rock martial arts performances, 11 a.m. and 2 and 7 p.m.; Parade, 4 p.m.; Rainbow Ranch Petting Zoo, 6-7 p.m.; Scott Air Force Bse Band, 5-6:30 p.m.; music by Strikeforce, 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Queen, princess and prince coronation, 9 p.m.
7-8 -- Belleville Optimist Rodeo. 7 p.m., Mid America Airport. Sanctioned by the International Professional Rodeo Association. Events include bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback bronc, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping and girls barrel racing. Calf scramble two age divisions and a calf catch for FFA member teams. Food vendors, pony rides, petting zoo. Tickets at the gate are $12 adults; $6 children. Advance tickets at $10 adults and $5 children can be purchased at Moto Marts, Schnucks, Rogers Service in St. Libory, Western Junction in New Baden, Handy Feed in Millstadt or from any Belleville Optimist member. Proceeds will fund youth programs and Optimist projects.
7-8 -- Route 66 Festival, Edwardsville City Park. Sock Hop kickoff at the Crystal Ballroom. Family fun, entertainment, roadside art fair, children's activity area, historic displays, 10K run. Classic car show and cruise with registration at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Middle School parking lot; show from 4 to 6 p.m. Cruise leaves the school at 6:30 p.m., following Route 66 past Edwardsville City Park. Taste of the Road food court and beer garden. Talent show from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday.
7-9 -- Schweizerfest, Highland. Celebrate Swiss heritage with rides, entertainment and food. Parades Saturday and Sunday nights.
7-9 -- St. Elizabeth Parish Picnic. Friday, parish grounds, 2300 Pontoon Road, Granite City. Music by Good Times Oldies, 7 p.m.-midnight Friday; Butch Wax and the Hollywoods, 7p.m.-midnight Saturday; Love Me Leave Me Band, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday and Well Hungarians, 6-10 p.m. Sunday. Bingo, 7-10 each night. Washer tournament, 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Family Days Saturday and Sunday with prices rolled back on selected foods to $1 from 1 to 4 p.m.; ride matinee, noon to 3 p.m., $20. Granite City's Got Talent Contest, noon-3 p.m. Saturday. (Preregister by May 15.) First responders will have emergency equipment on display, 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Weekend wristbands for carnival rides, barbecue, wine garden, fish stand, blooming onions, Mexican food, I Dood It, pizza, Greek food, ice cream, stilt walker, face painting, balloon artist, magician and juggler. Stuffed cabbage roll (golumpki) dinner, noon-6 p.m. Sunday.
8 -- Belleville Brew & Que. 11 a.m-9 p.m., third block of East Main Street, Belleville. Three bands during the day; DJ 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Craft Beer Walk from noon to 4 p.m. at 20 downtown merchants. $15 per ticket for craft beer samples; 16 tastings per ticket. Barbecue Challenge 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. on East Main Street between Church and Charles. Vendors will sell samples of barbecue. People's Choice Award. Vendors will sell samples of two meats -- $1 per 2-ounce sample or $2 per rib bone.
8 -- Bluegrass Festival. Saturday, Alton Riverfront Amphitheater. Festival activities begin at 3 p.m. with banjo and fiddle demonstrations, contests, quilting fair. Food and drink vendors. The Feed the Need concert starts at 5 p.m. to help Senior Service Plus' Meals on Wheels program. Opening acts include Marty Stuart, Marty Raybon and The Expedition Show. The Harmans will headline the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person in advance; $25 at the door. Call 618-465-3298, extension 111, go to the senior center at 2603 N. Rodgers Ave. in Alton or the Jersey State Bank in Jerseyville, or online at seniorservicesplus.org
8-9 -- Okawville Heritage Days. Surrey rides, bands, heritage crafts, vendors, food, flea market, town-wide rummage sale, games for kids.
12 -- Prairie du Rocher Party in the Park. 7 p.m., city park. Music by Lock and Load, food. Free; donations for musical guests. In case of rain, moves to American Legion Hall.
12 -- Car Cruise. 5-9 p.m., Dandy Inn, 1030 Lincoln Highway, Fairview Heights. No outside food or beverages allowed. First 100 cars get free, commemorative plaques.
14-15 -- Glen Carbon Homecoming. Main Street by the Covered Bridge. Parade. Carnival rides, pony rides, food and drink booths, two beer gardens, bands. Tethered balloon rides Friday Night. 5K 1K Fun Run Saturday morning. Parade and fireworks Saturday night.
14-16 -- Dock Dog Diving. Eckert's Orchards, Illinois 15, Belleville. Dock diving. Canine carnival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Adoptable dogs, noon-3 p.m. Saturday. Dog Frisbee contest Saturday. Dog dress-up contest. Sponsored by Camp Bow Wow and Belleville Area Humane Society. Benefits Splash for Rescues.
15 -- St. Dominic Parish Picnic. 4 p.m. St. Dominic Church, Breese. Chicken dinner, 4-7 p.m.; sandwich stand featuring hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, brats, potato fries. Quilt bingo, 6:30. Live music, 8 p.m.-midnight. Beer, wine and margarita gardens. Soda, lemonade shakeups, ice cream, popcorn.
15 -- Youth Fishing Derby. Caseyville Park, 40 W. Reynolds, Caseyville. Free event for kids 15 and under, accompanied by an adult 18 or older. Bring a fishing pole, bait and a bucket for fish. Information and pre-registration: www.caseyville.org.
15 -- Dadfest. Eckert's Country Store, 951 Green Mount Road, Belleville. Barbecue contest, bands, kids activities, carnival rides, food, pony and camel rides.
18 -- Porta Westfalica Festival. Downtown Waterloo. Celebrates Waterloo's relationship with sister city Porta Westfalica, Germany. Food, music, parade.
19 -- Prairie du Rocher Party in the Park. 7 p.m., city park. Music by Lynn Rose Terry and friends, food. Free; donations for musical guests. In case of rain, moves to American Legion Hall.
19 -- Car Cruise. 5-9 p.m., Dandy Inn, 1030 Lincoln Highway, Fairview Heights. No outside food or beverages allowed.
21-22 -- Holy Rosary Summer Festival. 5-11 p.m., Holy Rosary Church, Fairmont City. Parade at 6 p.m. Friday. Mass at 4 p.m. Saturday. Homemade Mexican food, pork steak dinners, fish, burgers, funnel cakes. Children's carnival area, rides, games. Cash raffle.
22 -- St. Pancratius Picnic, parish grounds, 2213 N. Second St., Fayetteville. Polka Mass with Polka Connection, 4 p.m. in the church. Polka Connection will perform throughout the evening. All-you-can-eat fried chicken dinners, 4 p.m. in air-conditioned parish center. Quilt and cash bingo. Sandwiches, games.
23 -- Car Cruise. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fischer's Restaurant, 2100 W. Main St., Belleville. Celebrating 60th anniversay of Belleville Gear Jammers Hot Rod Club. Hot rods, custom and antique cars. Dash plaques will be awarded to first 100 cars to arrive. Food and drinks available for purchase. Music by DJ Larry.
23 -- Car and Truck Show. Coulterville City Park. Sponsored by Grand Cote Cruisers. Registration 9 a.m.; judging noon. $15 registration; $10 display only; $100 club participation. Trophy presentations, 3 p.m. Attendance prizes, 50/50 drawing, goody bag.
26 -- Car Cruise. 5-9 p.m., Dandy Inn, 1030 Lincoln Highway, Fairview Heights. No outside food or beverages allowed.
28-29 -- Okawville June Jubilee. Downtown Okawville. Friday events: scavenger hunt, 6:30-8 p.m.; outdoor movie (bring chairs or blankets) with food and drinks available for purchase. Saturday events: Soapbox Derby, 8:30 a.m. on Hanover Street; custom bike show, 10:30 a.m. with juding 3-4 p.m.; Hanover Street Bazaar with artists, crafters and vendors, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Kids Zone with inflatables, Velcro wall, rock climbing wall, clowns, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; bags tournament, 11 a.m.; children's float parade, 2 p.m., kids march in costume, decorated bikes, wagons, strollers. Saturday bands are The Fights, 3 p.m.; The Backroads Band, 5 p.m.; The Jorrells, 7-11 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
28-29 -- Marine Homecoming. Village Park, Marine. Parade, food, bingo, rides, bands, dancing.
29 -- Blackjack Bluegrass Festival. 3-8 p.m. 8729 Lebanon Road, Troy (4 miles south of U.S. 40, then 2 miles east on Lebanon Road). Music by George Portz. $8 adults; $3 children; 10 and under free. Tour historic country church. Sponsored by the St. John the Baptist Chapel Foundation of the Knights of Columbus.
29 -- Carlyle Lake Fireworks Spectacular, Dam West Recreation Area. Bands, sand castle-building contest, volleyball tournament, fireworks.
29 -- Optimist Truck and Tractor Pull. Monroe County Fairgrounds, Waterloo. Antiques start pulling at 10 a.m.; farmers classes, 2 p.m.; garden tractors and ATVs, 4 p.m.; pickup trucks, 6:30 p.m. Food and beverages.