Best bets: Find something fun to do this weekend

October 16, 2013 

Waterloo festival

Karban's Knotty Pines in Paderborn has a treat in store for you Saturday with its first fall festival.

The remodeled restaurant will offer family-friendly entertainment beginning at 3 p.m. with The Bob Band. Old Salt Union will take over the stage at 6 p.m.

The Shocktop Volkswagen Beetle and the Monster Jeep Energy Truck will be on display with their teams. The fun also includes The Bud Light Girls, a bags tournament, attendance prizes and food available for purchase. Admission is free.

Karban's Knotty Pines is at 4569 Buss Branch Road; phone is 618-473-9954.

Organ concert

Renowned organist Andrew Peter, currently the director of music at Second Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Belleville.

Peters, who performs recitals across the United States, will give a recital on St. Paul's 49-rank Schantz organ during the first half of the concert. After admission, he will accompany the 1919 silent movie "Bumping Into Broadway."

The concert is free. A free-will offering will be taken. The church is at 125 West B St.

For bluegrass lovers

If you like bluegrass, you won't want to miss the 10th annual Bluegrass Shack Fiddle, Banjo and Flattop Guitar Contest starting at noon Saturday at The Bull Pen in New Athens.

There will be five fiddle divisions, four banjo divisions and three guitar divisions. They will be competing for more than $1,000 in prize money, plus trophies and medals.

Admission is $8; $6 for 60 and older; children younger than 12 are free with a parent. There's a $3 entry fee for all contestants.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase. The Bull Pen is at 201 Kaskaskia St.

Grafton Rendezvous

Try your hand at tomahawk throwing at the Grafton Rendezvous this Saturday and Sunday on the banks of the Illinois River in Grafton.

The Fur Trappers of the Piasa Country will be in their circa 1840 dress to show you what life was like back then. There will be shooting events (restricted to period guns), tomahawk and knife throws and a raffle.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. Fur traders and food vendors will be on hand.

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