Around town: Oktoberfest, Glenfest, Taste of Southern Illinois

September 26, 2013 

St. Clare Oktoberfest

St. Clare Parish's 13th annual Oktoberfest will offer a heaping helping of authentic German fun Friday and Saturday at St. Clare School in O'Fallon.

The school gym, at 3rd and Cherry streets, will transform into the St. Clare Brauhaus from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday. Admission to the Bavarian beer hall is free for revelers 21 and older. You can enjoy live music, German dancers and a homebrew competition while munching bratwurst and light snacks. A cash bar will offer imported beer and wine.

The Oktoberfest 5K Rennen & Weg will start and finish on the school grounds at Third and Oak streets. Registration is from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. A Kids Fun Run starts at 4; the 5K Rennen is at 4:30 p.m. (Registration forms available at

The main event is from 4 to 11 p.m. on the school grounds. Among the attractions:

* Raffles with prizes including a Disney Dream Vacation or $10,000 in cash.

* Homemade German-style roast pork dinner with spaetzle, sides and desserts served from 4 to 7 p.m. in the gym.

* Carnival treats, including bratwurst, spiral spuds and funnel cakes.

* Beer tent and wine garden.

* A Kinderplatz with inflatables and games for kids of all ages.

* A silent auction, basket raffles and games for adults, including gift card/quilt bingo from 8 to 10 in the gym.

* Music by Walt Haeffner and DVW Entertainment from 4 to 7 p.m. and by The Philosophers from 7 to 11 p.m.


Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to Glen Carbon's Miner Park to sit on the lawn and enjoy food, drinks, music and fireworks from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Local vendors will be selling a wide selection of Mexican food, pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers and more. A beer tent will offer a variety of brews, and it will honor your unused wooden tokens form the Glen Carbon Homecoming.

The Robert Perry Band with the Original Mojo will perform from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. before Well Hungarians crank it up from 8 to 11.

Fireworks start at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Home cooking

Sample some of the best local restaurant fare from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Taste of Southern Illinois at Horner Park in Lebanon.

Admission is free; vendors from across Southern Illinois will price food items individually.

Sold Out Review will entertain from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Saturday's entertainment is: Leslie Ann and the Big Muddy Blues Band, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Slow Down Scarlet from 1:30 to 3:30; Voodoo Lounge Lizard, featuring Belleville native Russ Bowman, 3:30-4:30; and Rogers & Nienhaus, 4:30-8:30.

Parking is free and there will be a free shuttle from the Shiloh/Scott MetroLink station.

Airport Fly In

The 19th annual Fly In and Open House at St. Louis Regional Airport in Bethalto will showcase vintage planes, hot rods and classic automobiles as well as specialty booths with food and kid's activities.

The aircraft and auto show will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and Young Eagles free flights for youth will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Fly-ins will include vintage planes, military aircraft from Scott AFB and the latest in corporate jets. Guests will be able to board and explore aircraft on the ground as well as viewing them in the air.

The Car Show has grown to more than 100 entrants including street rods, antique autos, custom cars and motorcycles. There also will be a multinational firearms display of famous weapons.

Food and drinks will be on sale, and families are welcome to bring picnic baskets.

Though the planes and cars will be gone on Sunday, kids 8-17 can return with their parents for free flights sponsored by the EAA Chapter 864 Young Eagles. Advance sign-up for flights can be done on Saturday during the Fly In or on Sunday morning.

Free parking is located directly in front of the airport, which is on Illinois 111 just 2 miles north of Illinois 255.

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