New Baden is pulling out all the stops for its June Jamboree this Friday and Saturday in Village Park.
On Friday, food stands and rides open at 6 p.m. A Stock ATV Pull and Garden Tractor Pull start at 7 p.m. (Registration at 5 p.m.; admission is free.) Music is by Small Town Famous at 8 p.m. Beer stands close at 1 a.m.
Saturday's schedule: 5K Walk/Run, 8 a.m. (registration at 7); parade with the theme "Farmer's Market," 5 p.m.; food and beer stands open, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.; rides open, 6 p.m.; Truck Pull, 7:30 p.m. (free admission, pit passes $10); DJ msic, 8 p.m.
For more information about entering the pulls or run, go to www.newbadenil.com/june_jamboree.html
Glen Carbon picnic
Hot air balloon rides, a Budweiser Clydesdale and fireworks are all part of the Glen Carbon Homecoming this weekend on Main Street in Old Town.
The homecoming will go from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and 4 to midnight Saturday.
Tethered balloon rides start at 8 p.m. Friday; to register, go to www.glen-carbon.il.us The Well Hungarians are the featured band from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday.
On Saturday, a 5K Run/1K Fun Run begin at 7:30 a.m. A parade steps off at 5 p.m.; you can get up close and personal with a Budweiser Clydesdale between 6 and 8; and Vote for Pedro will perform from 7 to 11.
There will be games, laser tag, beer gardens and a variety of food and refreshments throughout.
Hot time in Swansea
You'll "Feel the Burn" when the Swansea Fire Department sounds the alarm for a barbecue contest, picnic and 5K run Saturday at Shranz Park in Swansea.
The park opens at 6 a.m. so cooks can fire up their grills for pork steaks, chicken and ribs for the judges. The public tasting is from 3:30 to 6 p.m., along with carnival rides and games. Barbecue winners will be announced at 6 p.m.
Amber Fade will provide the music at 6:30 p.m. The Kids 1-mile Fun Run is at 7 p.m., followed by the adult 5K Glow Run at 7:45 p.m. (Entry fee is $25.)
You can see eight beautiful gardens in full bloom, including the Benjamin Stephenson House, when the Madison County Extension Education Foundation presents its annual tour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Edwardsville.
A Garden Tour Market will sell annuals, perennials, vegetables and other garden items at the Stephenson House. A raffle for container gardens will be available at the market and at each home.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the tour. Tickets are available at University of Illinois Extension offices at 1 Regency Plaza in Collinsville and 901 Illinois Ave. in Waterloo; Creekside Gardens, 721 Johnson Hill Road, Collinsville; The Bank of Edwardsville in Alton, Edwardsville, Highland, Maryville Road and Granite City; First National Bank in Holiday Shores, Hamel, Bethalto and Staunton.
For additional information call University of Illinois Extension, 344-4230.
* St. Dominic's Catholic Church in Breese has its annual picnic at 4 p.m. Saturday.
A chicken dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. and a sandwich stand will offer burgers, hotdogs and brats. Mass is at 4:30 p.m. Quilt bingo starts at 6:30 and live music goes from 8 to midnight. Beer, wine and margarita gardens will be open, and there will be childrens games, rides and an I Dood It game stand.
* St. Boniface in Evansville will celebrate it's parish picnic and homecoming Saturday.
A buffet-style chicken and sausage dinner, featuring St. Boniface's "famous homemade potato salad," will be served from 3:30 to 8 p.m.; adults $8.50, children 4-12 $4, 3 and under free.
Houndstooth Harmony will perform from 6 to 10 p.m. in the beer and wine garden. Other attractions include a poker stand, kids games, basket raffle, country store, pot of gold and a silent auction. Mass is at 4 p.m.