You'll face some tough choices this weekend on the festivals front. You can:
* Root for Bars vs. Banks in Family Feud and high school teachers vs. grade school teachers is a trivia duel at Highland's Schweizerfest.
* Check out classic cars and trucks at Troy's Downtown Days.
* Run 5 kilometers at the Marissa Coal Festival.
* Join the cruisin' at Edwardsville's Route 66 Festival.
* Eat some homemade tamales at Holy Rosary in Fairmont City.
* Watch fireworks at the Glen Carbon Homecoming.
And, of course, there are parades, music, festival food, rides and games all over the metro-east map.
Here's a closer look at some of the festivals:
The Highland Jaycees are planning a three-day salute to the town's Swiss heritage Friday through Sunday on the downtown Square.
Take a nap Friday because events really get rolling in the evening. Carnival rides open at 7 p.m. Buffalo Road will entertain from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. in the west tent; DJ Brett will spin tunes from 7:30 to 11:30 in the east tent. Registration for the 5K Glo -Run is at 7:30 p.m.; run begins at 8:30.
On Saturday, the fun begins at noon with a washers tournament and carnival rides opening, and local talent will get a chance to shine in the Highland Idol competition from noon to 3 p.m. Bands include Shut Up Mark, 1-4:30 p.m., and Aaron Kamm, 7-11:30 p.m., both in the west tent; Chris Schmidt, 1-4:30 p.m., and Rocking Horse Band, 7:30-11:30 p.m., both in the east tent. A kids corner is open from 1 to 4 p.m.; a pizza eating contest is 3-3:30 ; Minute to Win It contest is 3:30-4:30. A parade is at 5 p.m., followed by Knights of Columbus bingo.
On Sunday, a bags tournament and carnival rides start at noon and the kids corner is open from 1 to 4. In the west tent, it's Avery Hill Band, 1-4:30 p.m., and Cluster Pluck, 6-10 p.m. Last Resort plays in the east tent from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Family Feud (Bars vs. Banks) is from 1 to 3 p.m. and Trivia (Teachers vs. Teachers) is 3 to 4:30 p.m. Another parade is at 5 p.m, followed by bingo.
There will be plenty of good festival food available througout if you need to refuel.
Troy Downtown Days
This is one time watching paint dry will be exciting. The Walldogs will be painting a mural on the side of the Times-Tribune building all day Friday and Saturday during Troy Downtown Days. The finished mural will be "unveiled" at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Meanwhile, there is plenty of other action to keep you hopping at the city municipal parking lot.
On Friday, you can get a Taste of Troy Pizza,and the kids can play games from 5 to 8 p.m. The Stan Fornaszewski Big Band and vocalists will perform from 6 to 8:30 p.m., followed by a showing of the movie "Goonies" from 8:30 to 10.
The Troy Historical Society will present a Classic Car and Truck Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday off Clay Street behind City Hall. Registration is 9-11 a.m. A $10 donation to register will benefit the activities of the Troy Historical Society. Dash plaques and on-site food vouchers will be provided to the first 50 vehicles registered. The society also will have a Conestoga Wagon and stagecoach on display.
Saturday on the municipal lot, an amateur pork steak barbecue contest starts at noon, and kids games are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Boy Scout Troop 38 will be in charge of food from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Office Olympics are from 12:30 to 3 p.m. The Paul Jarvis Band will perform from noon to 3 and the Troy Community Band takes the stage from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Route 66 Festival
Take a ride back to the good old days Friday and Saturday at the Route 66 Festival, highlighting Edwardsville's place on the historic Mother Road.
Gather at Edwardsville City Park from 5 to midnight Friday and 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday.
The Friday schedule includes music by Blue Skies, 6:30 p.m.; children's area and art vendors, 5-8 p.m.; Aaron Kamm & The One Drops, 9 p.m.
Saturday kicks off with the Metro Milers 10K Run at 8 a.m. Food, beverage and art vendors, Historic Tent and children's area open at 10 a.m. The Showcase of Local Talent takes the stage at 12:30 p.m. Historic Trolley tours are on the half-hour, beginning at 1 p.m. Music is by Happenstance, 2:30 p.m.; The Mellow D's, 4 p.m.; Mojo Roots, 6:30 p.m.; and The Jeremiah Johnson Band, 9:30 p.m. The Classic Car Show begins at 4 p.m. at Cassens Transport and Madison County Transit lots, within walking distance of the park. A Classic Car Cruise begins at 6:30 p.m.
Glen Carbon Homecoming
Food and drink booths, live bands, carnival rides, a parade and a 5K run are all part of the 2014 Glen Carbon Homecoming from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and 4 to midnight Saturday on Main Street in Old Town Glen Carbon.
A Budweiser Clydesdale will be on hand from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, and Well Hungarians will play from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.
On Saturday, the homecoming parade and the Covered Bride 5K Run both start at 5 p.m. Dirt Muggs will play from 7 to 11 . Fireworks start at 10.
Beer gardens will feature specialty beers and a variety of food.
Marissa Coal Festival
Coal is king again this weekend at the three-day Marissa Coal Festival.
Hours are 5-11 p.m. Thursday, noon Friday to 1 a.m., and 9 a.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. at Marissa City Park.
The music lineup is DJ Jesse, 6-11 p.m. Friday; Stump Water Shine, 8 to midnight Friday; and Breach of Peace, 7:30 p.m. Saturday to 12:30 a.m.
Beer and food stands and carnival rides will be open all three days.
The Coal Festival Queen will be crowned Saturday night, along with the winners of the Princess and Prince contests. Quilt bingo is on Friday and Saturday nights.
Saturday activities include: American Legion Auxiliary Flag Day 5K run, 8 a.m.; a kiddie tractor pull at 9:30 a.m. (registration at 9); kids activities, including face painting and a craft, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; parade with "Around the World" theme, 4 p.m.; and Rainbow Ranch Petting Zoo in the park after the parade.
Holy Rosary Summer Festival
Follow your nose to homemade tamales and Mexian delights that parishioners will serve at Holy Rosary Church's Summer Festival on Friday and Saturday in Fairmont City.
Festival hours are 5 to 11 both nights.
Pork steaks, fish, burgers and fries also are on the menu. A beer garden, childrens carnival area, games of chance also are featured. Dave Hylla's Good Time Band will play Friday night. Mass is at 4 p.m. Saturday.
St. Boniface Picnic
St. Boniface Catholic Church wants to lure you to Evansville on Saturday with a buffet-style chicken and sausage dinner, including its famous German potato salad.
It's served from 3:30 to 8 p.m. It costs $9 for adults, $4.50 for children under 12; 3 and under, free.
Mass is at 4 p.m.
A beer and wine garden will feature domestic brews, specialty beers and a large selection of wine. Houndstooth Harmony will perform from 7 to 11 p.m.
There will be a poker stand, kids games, festival food, a silent auction, basket raffle, country store and pot of gold.
Ultimate Raffle winners of 50 prizes will be drawn at 9 p.m.