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August 7, 2013 

Fairview homecoming

Fairview Heights Homecoming takes its turn in the spotlight Friday and Saturday with a parade, bands, rides, a car show and more.

The fun starts at 6 p.m. Friday with a carnival rides armband special of $20 until 10 p.m. Chicken, fish plates, pizza and more will be available for purchase. The Avery Hill Band will perform from 7:30 to 11:30, closing time.

On Saturday, a Flaming Idiot's Car Show is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Picnic hours are 1 to 11:30 p.m. Ride armbands are $18 from 1 to 5 p.m.

The parade steps off at 5 p.m. from Grant Middle School, 10110 Lincoln Trail, heading east on Lincoln Trail, turning south on South Ruby Lane and heading into Moody Park on Longacre Drive.

It will include a color guard from Fairview Heights Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8677. Fire departments from Fairview Heights, French Village, Caseyville, North West and Hollywood Heights will have vehicles in the parade, plus a 1963 fire fighting vehicle owned by local resident Dan Lougeay. Also featured will be Banana Bicycle Brigade, representatives of the Scott Air Force Base 126th Air Refueling Wing and a dune buggy and a "rat rod" truck from Season 2 Season Inc.

The prince and princess will be crowned after the parade at pavilion 5. The Smash Band will perform from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Softball benefit

So you think your fire department can beat my fire department, huh?

You can find out when the Lebanon Fire Department hosts the fifth annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Softball Tournament Friday and Saturday at Horner Park, 11113 Widicus Road in Lebanon. Twelve fire department teams are playing: Lebanon, O'Fallon, Mascoutah, Fairview Heights, St. Jacob, Millstadt, Northwest, Belleville, East Side, Scott Air Force Base, Columbia and Swansea.

Game times are 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Friday. Saturday's games start at 10 a.m. Food, non-alcoholic drinks and T-shirts will be available for purchase. All proceeds go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Venedy Homecoming

The 66th annual Venedy Picnic and Homecoming is Saturday at Brockschmidt Park in Venedy. Eat your fill at the fried chicken and roast beef supper, then listen to the music of the Beaucoup Bottom Band. Bingo and kids games also are available.

St. Rose Homecoming

George Portz and his Friends of Bluegrass band will perform from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the St. Rose Homecoming on the St. Rose Catholic Church Grounds. It also features a chicken and roast beef dinner and bingo.

Church picnics

* Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Maryville has its annual chicken dinner and picnic Sunday at 200 N. Lange Ave. A buffet-style, all-you-can-eat dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the air conditioned parish center; adults $10, children 6-12 $4; children 5 and younger are free. Outdoor activities include games, booths, raffles and live music.

* St. George's Catholic Church will celebrate for two days, Friday and Saturday at 200 N. Third St. in New Baden.

Hours are 4:30 p.m. to midnight Friday. Fish plates and sandwiches, bratwursts and hamburgers will be available for purchase. The German Waterloo Polka Band performs from 5 to 8 p.m. A washer tournament begins at 7. Games will be going on all evening and DJ Night Moves will spin the music from 8:15 to 11 p.m.

Saturday hours are 3 p.m. to midnight. A fried chicken and roast beef dinner will be served from 3 to 7; adults $9.50, children 5-11 $4.50, children younger than 5 are free. A polka Mass is at 4 p.m. in the church. Quilt bingo starts at 5:45 p.m. Also on tap: raffle, basket stand and kids activities.

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