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August festivals include homecomings, county fairs and MidWest Wingfest

One of the highlights of the Midwest Wingfest is the Wing-Eating Contest. Here, a dozen contestants, 11 men and one woman, gobbled wings quickly to see who could consume 25 chicken wings the fastest, as judges stand over them and check their progress. The Wingfest, which is held on the parking lot of St. Clair Square, helps support disabled veterans.
One of the highlights of the Midwest Wingfest is the Wing-Eating Contest. Here, a dozen contestants, 11 men and one woman, gobbled wings quickly to see who could consume 25 chicken wings the fastest, as judges stand over them and check their progress. The Wingfest, which is held on the parking lot of St. Clair Square, helps support disabled veterans.

Here’s a list of county fairs, homecomings and festivals going on in August in Southern Illinois:

Aug. 2-7 — 2018 Bond County Fair.

Thursday-Tuesday. Fairgrounds, Greenville. Admission is $2 per person over 10 years old. 10 and under is free. The carnival opens at 6 p.m. each day. Different grandstand events are featured each day. Parade will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday with fireworks following at dusk. bondcofair.com.

Aug. 3-5 — Mascoutah Homecoming.

Friday-Sunday. Scheve Park, Mascoutah. The event features carnival rides, music and parades at 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. mascoutahhomecoming.org.

Aug. 4 — Third Annual Belleville Peace Festival.

1 to 6 p.m. Saturday. 19 Public Square, Belleville. An event featuring entertainers, vendors, organizations, volunteers and performers for peace.

Aug. 4 — Maeystown ‘Trash and Treasures’ village yard sale.

8 a.m.-noon, Saturday. Maeystown. maeystown.com/event/trash-treasures-village-yard-sale.

Aug. 7 — Shiloh Police Department’s National Night Out.

6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Three Springs Park, 2250 Frank Scott Parkway, Shiloh. This event features K-9 Demonstrations, public safety equipment demonstrations, bounce houses, food, music.

Aug. 11 — Venedy Picnic and Homecoming.

Food stands open at 2 p.m. Saturday. Brockschmidt Park, N. Mill Road, Venedy. Event features music, attendance prizes and raffle, food, bingo and kids’ games.

Aug. 11-12 — Third annual Chillin’ & Grillin’ For the Boys in Blue barbecue festival.

Marine Village Park, 300 block of N. Duncan St., Marine. Barbecue sales begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. Sunday. On Saturday, there is a 5K race at 8 a.m., bags tournament at 2 p.m., and Kids Q at 4:30 p.m. For more information on the barbecue events, contact Pam Voegele at pamvoegele@yahoo.com or 618-781-5337 or go online to stlbbqsociety.com. All proceeds go to the Marine Police Department.

Aug. 17-19 — ‘Centralia Balloon Fest.’

3 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 6 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sunday. Foundation Park, Centralia. Balloon races, fireworks at 10 p.m. on Friday, live music, food. Admission $3 per day. For the full schedule of events, go online to centraliachamber.com/balloon-fest.

Aug. 17-18 — O’Fallon ‘City Fest’.

Friday and Saturday. O’Fallon Community Park, 308 E. 5th St., O’Fallon. The ‘City Fest’ features food, rides, games and live music from 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday and beginning at noon on Saturday. There will be a car show, bike ride and fun run at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Parade at 5 p.m. Saturday with the parade route going down Lincoln Street.

Aug. 18 — The Germantown Bierfest.

4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday. Schoendienst Park, Germantown. Featuring food, rides, music and cash raffle.

Aug. 18 — Annual Kirchenfest.

3 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Hecker Community Center building and grounds. Hecker. Event features old fashioned fried chicken and pork sausage dinners, mass at 4 p.m., quilt bingo at 6:30 p.m., live music, half mile fun walk and run at 7:15 p.m. and the 12th Annual Tiki Trot at 8 p.m. Also features picnic attractions and stands.

Aug. 19 — Maeystown fire department barbecue and car show

9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday. Maeystown. BBQ and “show us your ride” cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors. www.maeystown.com/event/fire-department-bbq.

Aug. 24-25 — Waterloo Homecoming.

Friday and Saturday. Downtown Waterloo. Featuring live music, carnival rides, games, food and drink. Parade at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Aug. 24-26 — Midwest ‘Salute to the Arts’

6 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Moody Park Fairview Heights. Artists, kids activities, music, food.

Aug. 25 — Fair St. Clair 200.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. O’Fallon Community Park, 401 E. 5th St., O’Fallon. Hosted by St. Clair County Historical Society and Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois. Free community event with twenty community organizations in celebration of Illinois’ 200th birthday. Event features exhibits, demonstrations, living history, hands on activities, and live music.

Aug. 31-Sept. 1 — ‘MidWest Wingfest’.

5 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday. St. Clair Square Mall, 134 St. Clair Square, Fairview Heights. Chicken wing eating contest, car cruise, “chicken run” and more. www.midwestwingfest.com

Here’s a preview of future festival calendars coming up later in the fall. It is not a complete list. If you have an event coming up, email it to lifestyle@bnd.com.

September

Sept. 1-2 — Millstadt Homecoming. Park opens 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Liederkranz Park, 301 N. Jefferson, Millstadt. Parades on both days at 5 p.m.

Sept. 3 — Labor Day Parade & Picnic. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. 101 S. Illinois St., Belleville. Picnic at Hough Park following the parade.

Sept. 21-22 — 38th Annual Belleville Oktoberfest. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Downtown Belleville. A traditional German festival.

Sept. 29 — 18th Annual St. Clare Oktoberfest. 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Third and Cherry Streets, O’Fallon. The outdoor festival features food, drinks, live music, games, pony rides, inflatables, bingo, raffle and more. 5k run/walk at 4 p.m. German dinner 4 to 7 p.m. Free admission. www.stclarechurch.org/ofest or 618-632-3562.

October

Oct. 5-6 — 35th annual Belleville Chili Cook-Off. Hosted by the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce.

Oct. 13 — ‘PumpkinFest’. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Downtown Waterloo. 5K run or walk, music, craft and merchant booths, pumpkin painting, games, contests, washer tournament, face painting, food and more.

Oct. 14 — Maeystown Oktoberfest. 9 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Maeystown. Event features arts, crafts, antiques and food.

Oct. 17-20 — Haunted Belleville Walking Tour 2018. 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Belleville. Hosted by the St. Clair County Historical Society. See the event’s Facebook page for more details.

Oct. 20 — Mascoutah Illinois Fall Fest. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Mascoutah. Event features arts, crafts, cars and more.

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