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Festivals Calendar: August is chock full of several events

Jodi Krauss and her daughter Breanna enjoyed last year’s Freeburg Homecoming. The homecoming returns along with a slew of other events in August.
Jodi Krauss and her daughter Breanna enjoyed last year’s Freeburg Homecoming. The homecoming returns along with a slew of other events in August. News-Democrat file photo

August

1 — Great Kaskaskia Duck Race. noon Saturday, Carlyle Lake West Spillway Recreation area, Carlyle. Truck loads of rubber ducks will be dumped from the Carlyle Lake Dam to race down the Kaskaskia River. Fastest ducks win prizes. Ducks can be adopted for $5 each at the Carlyle Lake Visitor Center and area banks. The race can be viewed from the West Spillway Recreation Area. Childrens games at 11 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Healthcare Foundation.

1 — St. Anthony Church Picnic. Saturday, church grounds, Lively Grove. Chicken dinner, 4-8 p.m. Quilt/cash bingo, 6:30 p.m.

1 — Cornfest. 4 p.m. Saturday, Creole House Historic Site, Schuline. Tours of 8-sided, one-room schoolhouse, food, country store, music.

1 — St. James Summerfest. Saturday, St. James Parish, 419 W. Madison St., Millstadt. Chicken dinner, 3-7 p.m., carry outs available. Cash bingo 5-6 p.m. Quilt/cash bingo, 6 p.m. Booths, raffles, country store.

1 — Summer Concerts. 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Eckert’s Country Store, 951 Green Mount Road, Belleville. Kevin Mitchell 4 (martini music with a twist). Free. Kids activities. Custard, wine and beer will be available for purchase.

1 — Archaeology Day. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Collinsville. Demonstrations of ancient crafts, artifact processing, hands-on activities, dig tours and storytelling.

3 — Corvette & Mustang Nights. 4 p.m., Dandy Inn, 1030 Lincoln Highway, Fairview Heights. Corvettes and Mustangs only.

5 — Car Cruise. 4 p.m. every Wednesday in August, Dandy Inn, 1030 Lincoln Highway, Fairview Heights. On Aug. 12, first 100 cars get free commemorative plaque.

7-8 — Fairview Heights Homecoming. 6-11:30 p.m. Friday, 1-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Moody Park, Fairview Heights. Carnival rides, games, food, vendors, live entertainment both nights. On Saturday: car show; SMASH Band; parade at 5 p.m.; Prince and Princess contest coronation at 7 p.m.

7-8 — St. George Parish Picnic. Friday and Saturday, St. George Catholic Church, New Baden. Food, games, bingo, basket raffles.

7-8 — Summer Concerts. 7-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Eckert’s Country Store, 951 Green Mount Road, Belleville. Chris Talley Trio (bluegrass), Friday; Letters to Memphis (indie folk quartet), Saturday. Free. Kids activities. Custard, wine and beer will be available for purchase.

7-9 — Gateway Dulcimer Festival. Friday through Sunday, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville. Classes for mountain dulcimer and hammered dulcimer, autoharp, guitar and more. Music vendors. Evening concerts will feature professional instructors.

8 — Chicken Run 5K Run/Walk. 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Mother of Perpetual Help Church, 200 N. Lange, Maryville. $20 before July 10; $25 after. Includes T-shirt and food. Registration information: 618-344-6464.

9 — Mother of Perpetual Help Church Picnic. 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, church grounds, 200 N. Lange St., Maryville. Chicken dinner, $10 adults, $4 children 6-12, free for children 5 and under. Games, raffles, booths, refreshments, quilt raffle and live music.

12-16 — St. Clair County Fair. Wednesday through Sunday, Bell-Clair Fairgrounds and Expo Center, Belleville. Agriculture exhibits, livestock, carnival, arena events, commercial exhibitors and fair food. Free entertainment in the Expo Hall.

12-16 — Steam, Gas & Threshing Show. Wednesday through Sunday, Pinckneyville. American Threshermen Association show featuring the International J.I. Case Heritage Foundation. Blacksmithing, steam engines, wheat threshing, baling, sawmill, veneer mill and grist mill. Horse, steam and tractor plowing daily. Horse/mule steam engines, tractors and gas engines in action every day. Antique tractor pulls, ITPA tractor pulls, antique car show. Gas engines and vintage lawn/garden tractors. Large flea market. Miniature steam train rides.

14-15 — Columbia Daze. Friday and Saturday, Metter Park, 206 E. Legion, Columbia. Rides, games, food, music. Free. Parade, 5 p.m. Saturday.

14-15 — Summer Concerts. 7-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Eckert’s Country Store, 951 Green Mount Road, Belleville. Avenue Zero (classic rock, rock), Friday; Big Mike Aguirre & the Blu City All Stars (jazz), Saturday. Free. Kids activities. Custard, wine and beer will be available for purchase.

14-16 — Germantown Spassfest. 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon Sunday, Schoendienst Field, Germantown. German food, concessions, amusement rides, bags and washers tournaments, brew off, parade, bands all day, crafts, bike show.

15 — St. Augustine Kirchenfest. Saturday, Hecker Community Center Building and grounds. Ninth annual Tiki Trot (5K run, walk) 8-8:30 p.m.; fried chicken and pork sausage dinner, 3 p.m.; Mass, 4 p.m.; quilt bingo, 6:30 p.m.; music by Riverside, 7-11 p.m.

15 — Venedy Picnic and Homecoming. Saturday, Brockschmidt Park, Venedy. Music by Venedy Band, 4-6 p.m.; One Night Stand, 7-11 p.m; fried chicken supper, 4 p.m.; bingo; children’s games.

15 — Syborg’s Kruz for Kids Poker Run. Noon, Dandy Inn,1030 Lincoln Highway, Fairview Heights.

16 — Maeystown Fire Department BBQ & Show Us Your Ride. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Civic Association Park, Maeystown. Car, truck, motorcycle and tractor show. Free event with plenty of barbecue for everyone.

16 — Blessing of the Grapes Picnic. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, St. Gregory Community Center, 3501 Century Drive, Granite City. Feast of the Assumption of the Holy Theotokos. Armenian dinners and specialty foods, bake sale, games.

21-22 — Holy Family Catholic Church Summer Festival. 6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Holy Family Church, Cahokia. Good, games, carnival rides, music, gambling, beer and drinks.

21-22 — Summer Concerts. 7-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Eckert’s Country Store, 951 Green Mount Road, Belleville. Tim Albert & the Boogiemen (blues), Friday; Slow Down Scarlett (rock, indie), Saturday. Free. Kids activities. Custard, wine and beer will be available for purchase.

21-22 — Holy Childhood Picnic. Friday and Saturday, Holy Childhood Parish, Mascoutah. Fish fry at 5 p.m. Friday with live music. Picnic is Saturday: Mass at 4 p.m,; chicken dinner, all you can eat, 4-7:30 p.m., carry outs available; lightning raffle, 5:45 p.m.; quilt/cash bingo, 6:30 p.m. Games.

21-23 — Centralia Balloon Fest. Friday through Sunday, Foundation Park, Centralia. Festival featuring 40 hot air balloons, races, glows, tethered balloon rides, main stage entertainment, craft fair, free children’s activity area and games, cardboard boat races, car show, fireworks.

22 — Fun-in-the-Sun BBQ & Cruise-in Car Show. Saturday, New Baden Village Park, New Baden. Presented by St. George Knights of Columbus.

22 — Jim Knapp Memorial Little Pig Cookoff. 3 p.m. Saturday, BCDC Park, Second and Murray streets, Beckemeyer. Free admission. Opening ceremonies, 3 p.m. Live music, porksteak cook-off, kids activities.

22-23 — St. Paul’s Kirchenfest. Saturday and Sunday, St. Paul Parish Grounds, Highland. Flea market pre-sale, 6-9 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, Bavarian Skillet Breakfast, 7:30-10 a.m.; food and game stands open, 10 a.m.; Strassenlauf 5K Run/Walk, 8-9 a.m.; 2K Run/Walk, 9-10 a.m.; Flea market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Auction, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; The Newlywed Game, 2-3; The Hair Syndicate, 3:30-7:30 p.m.; Buffalo Road, 4-6:30 p.m.; Dixie Jazz Kings, 4-8 p.m.; Mass, 4 and 5:30 p.m.; bingo, 5:30-11:30; Dirty Muggs, 7:30-11:30 p.m.; Baywolfe, 8-midnight. On Sunday: Kirchenride (50 and 15 miles), 8-11 a.m.; outdoor polka Mass, 10-11 a.m.; Good Times Band, 11-noon; flea market, 11 a.m.-3 p.m; chicken dinner, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; The Jorrells, 12:30-4 p.m.; bingo, 1:30-10 p.m.; The Chapman Brothers, 3-5 p.m.; That '80s Band, 5-8:15 p.m.The Fabulous Motown Revue, 5-8:30 p.m.

28-29 — Summer Concerts. 7-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Eckert’s Country Store, 951 Green Mount Road, Belleville. Kayla ray (country), Friday; Slow The Dusty Brothers (Americana, country, rock) Saturday. Free. Kids activities. Custard, wine and beer will be available for purchase.

28-30 — Midwest Salute to the Arts. 6-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Moody Park, Fairview Heights. Juried art show with 100 artists displaying and selling their work. Live entertainment, Interactive Children’s Creation Station, Children’s Gallery ($5 to enter), food court, live art demonstrations.

28-29 — Waterloo Homecoming. 5 p.m.-close, Friday and Saturday, Waterloo. Craft vendors, rides. Local food vendors. Parade at 5 p.m. Saturday.

29 — St. Teresa Church Picnic. 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday, St. Teresa Catholic Church grounds, Belleville. Polka Mass, chicken dinner, bingo, rides, Big 6 Wheel, basket booth and large children’s area.

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