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Albers celebrates 125 years; Brew & Que in Belleville

Root sacking is just one of the root contests at the Horseradish Festival this week in Collinsville's Woodland Park. The object of the timed event is to fill a sack with as many horseradish roots as possible in 20 seconds. Heaviest sack wins.
Root sacking is just one of the root contests at the Horseradish Festival this week in Collinsville's Woodland Park. The object of the timed event is to fill a sack with as many horseradish roots as possible in 20 seconds. Heaviest sack wins.

The Village of Albers will celebrate its 125-year history with a three-day celebration that includes patriotism, a parade, music, games, rides, food and more in Lehrter Park.

It begins Friday when the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit is escorted into Albers by the Patriot Guard and Freedom Riders. It will pass through Carlyle, Beckemeyer, Breese and Aviston on its way to arrive in Albers at 7 p.m. The high-tech 53-food tractor-trailer unfolds into a 1,000-square-foot exhibit that is a poignant reminder of that tragic day. Retired Chief Master Sgt. Robert Ellison will sing patriotic songs at the short program. Then concessions will open and disc jockey Livewire will get the music rolling. The display will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Saturday events begin with a 5K/1-mile fun run at 9 a.m. (register at the park); concessions open at 11 a.m.; Humane Society meet and greet, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Albers 125 parade, featuring the Budweiser Clydesdales, 3 p.m.; rides and games open at 3 p.m.; pony rides, 4-10 p.m.; The Jorrells will perform from 5 to 9 p.m.; rock climbing and trampoline bungee, 6-10 p.m.; Dirty Muggs Band performs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, an outdoor Mass starts at 10 a.m.; concessions open at 11 a.m. A Military Appreciation Ceremony is at 11:30, followed by a flag folding ceremony with the Scott AFB Honor Guard for Albers’ past, present and fallen military members. The Scott AFB Roots in Blue Band will perform from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Rides and games open at 12:30 p.m.; car and tractor show, 1 p.m.; rock climbing and trampoline bungee, 2-6 p.m.; pony rides, 2-8 p.m.; Jimmy & the Parrots Band, 3-7 p.m.; raffle drawing and beard judging contest, 5 p.m; and Bobby & the Buzzards , 7-11 p.m.

A German Heritage Tent will feature German beer and entertainment.

Horseradish Festival

Root, root, root for the home team at the 2016 International Horseradish Festival Friday through Sunday in Collinsville.

Since 1988, Collinsville has celebrated the favorite-son condiment (Approximately 60 percent of the world’s horseradish is produced in the Collinsville area.) with fun contests, music, food, children’s activities, craft vendors and the Little Miss Horseradish Festival Pageant.

Don’t forget the food. Vendors are encouraged to offer food made with horseradish or that can be eaten with horseradish. Options range from Mongolian horseradish barbecue to horseradish wings, corn dogs, fried pickles and funnel cakes.

Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in Woodland Park. Admission and parking are free. A free shuttle will operate from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday from the Dorris Intermediate School parking lot, at Camelot and Illinois 159, to the main entrance of the festival grounds.

▪  Friday: Opening ceremonies are at 6 p.m. Catfish and The Big Boss Blues Band will perform from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Watch root grinding demonstrations during the band’s break.

▪ Saturday: Collinsville Sunrise Kiwanis Fishing Derby for age 5 through 8th grade, 9:30 a.m. (registration from 8 to 9 a.m.; bring your own gear and bait); Quarter Draw Band (American twang & roll), 11:30-3:30 p.m.; root grinding demonstration during band breaks; root derby followed by root sacking contest, 2 p.m.; root toss and root golf, 2-4 p.m.; Jeremy Drake (acoustic), 3:45-5:45 p.m.; Miranda Hagan, 4-5 p.m.; Riley Kirk, 5-6 p.m.; washers tournament, 5:30 p.m. Saturday; Joe Dirt and The Dirty Boys (rock ’n’ roll), 6-10 p.m. .

▪  Sunday: Horseradish 5K Race, 8 a.m.; music by Alabaster Brown, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; bloody Mary contest, followed by root sacking contest, noon; horseradish recipe contest, 1 p.m.; bags tournament, 2 p.m.; Laverne Oatman, 2-3 p.m.; root toss and root golf contests, 2-4 p.m.; Soulard Blues Band (blues, R&B, soul and Cajun), 3-6 p.m.; root sacking contest, 3:45 p.m.; Little Miss Horseradish Festival pageant, 4 p.m.; Cadence Cloggers, 5 p.m.

Brew & Que

The B’s — beer, barbecue and Belleville — will be wild Saturday at the 4th annual Brew & Cue Barbecue Challenge in the second and third blocks of East Main Street.

Admission is free to the event, which begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m. The Barbecue Challenge features 12 local vendors — Beast Craft BBQ Co., Belleville Firefighters Local 53, BBQ Boys, Big Daddy’s 618, East Belleville Volunteer Fire Department, Code 3 Spices, Hick’s BBQ, Righteous Pig Bar-B-Que, Smithton Fire Department, Spikes Pub & Grub, Tavern on Main and The Wine Tap. Petty Cash Junction will perform from 2 to 6 p.m. Sample the barbecue and vote for the People’s Choice Award. Prices will vary at each vendor.

New this year is a kids area with face painting, a coloring book station, popcorn and cotton candy.