Best bets: Find something fun to do this weekend

June 12, 2013 

June Jamboree

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

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 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.)

Garden tour

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.

Church picnics

* 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.

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