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Mt. Vernon is home to a wide variety of events for the entire family including Mt. Vernon's Cedarhurst Craft Fair, named a Top 100 Event in North America by the American Bus Association.  Other favorites include the Midwest Herb and Garden Show that welcomes spring each year, our July 4th celebration, plus a host of events that feature everything from great barbecue to thrilling rodeo action.  For a full list of everything going on in the area, see our events calendar, too.

 

Annual Event

Date

Cedarhurst Craft Fair

September 6-7, 2014

Downtown Car Show @ Fall Fest

October 18, 2014

Illinois Arts & Humanities Month

October 2014

July 4th Celebration

July 4, 2014

KR Gathering & Fly-In  

Little Egypt Fly-In & Veteran's Reunion

October 18, 2014

Midwest Herb & Garden Show

February  6-8, 2015

Midwest LSA Expo September 4-6, 2014
Mt. Vernon Fall Festival October 17-19, 2014

Steel Guitar Show

April 16-18, 2015
Centralia Balloon Fest August 15-17, 2014

Wine & Art Festival / Rend Lake Artisans Shop

September 27-28, 2014

 

Cedarhurst Craft Fair
Join the 20,000 visitors during this two-day event held each year the first weekend after Labor Day.  More that 160 exhibitors from throughout the country show and sell crafts as diverse as feather jewelry, contemporary furniture, quilting, pottery, woodworking, glass, and ceramics.  The fair includes continuous entertainment, children's activities, and a variety of foods.  Cedarhurst Craft Fair was named a Top 100 Event in North America by the American Bus Association in 2003. For more information call (618) 242-1236 or visit
www.cedarhurst.org.

 

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Downtown Car Show & Cruise In @ Fall Fest
The Car Show will be located on 9th Street in conjunction with the Mt. Vernon Fall Fest, and
features Downtown Mt. Vernon Development Cruise Night & Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show, entertainment, food, demonstrations, and a 50/50 drawing. 

The Car Show will have various models from "Classics" to "Modern".  For more information call (618) 242-6866 or visit www.downtownmtvernon.org.

 

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Illinois Arts & Humanities Month
A month of statewide celebrations, the Illinois Arts Council and the Illinois Bureau of Tourism are working together to bring the arts to every community.  A list of events and activities will be posted closer to date on how our community will celebrate this month.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.

 

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July 4th Veterans Salute to Freedom
Event includes a variety of food vendors, live entertainment, children's area, and a huge fireworks show at the Mt. Vernon Airport.  F
or more information call (618) 242-3151.

 

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KR Gathering & Fly-In

Each year KR enthusiasts, builders, and pilots travel to the KR Gathering to exchange ideas, to learn more about the KR, talk to pilots and other builders, take pictures to assist in the building process and to see friends from past Gatherings.  Located at the Mt. Vernon Airport.  For more information call (618) 242-7016 or visit www.mtvernonairport.com.

 

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Little Egypt Fly-In and Veterans Reunion
Located at the Mt. Vernon Airport, War birds and aircrafts will fill the runways beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Other prestigious models are also scheduled to appear. Many field activities may be experienced throughout the day.  Fun for the entire family.  Event is in conjunction with the Mt. Vernon Fall Fest.  For more information call (618) 242-7016 or visit
www.mtvernonairport.com.

 

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Midwestern Herb and Garden Show
More than 35 exhibitors display everything for a garden the second weekend in February.  Booths of fresh herbs-culinary, medicinal and decorative; water plants, dried flower arrangements, books, woodcarving and basket making, etc:  There is free admission to the show, including complimentary classes and seminars offered every hour to everyone.  For more information visit their website at
www.midwesternherbandgardenshow.com or call (618) 242-3151.

 

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Midwest LSA Expo

Whether you're exploring LSA as your entree into the exciting world of aviation or have been flying for decades, you'll find the Expo to be fun and educational.  Fly or drive in, experience everything that's great about LSA, enjoy th affordable accomodations or camp for free by the lake at the airport, jump on a free shuttle to one of the many local hot spots and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow aviators.  The Midwest LSA Expo is what sport aviation is all about - join the fun.  This event location at the Mt. Vernon Airport offers many positive attributes to make this expo successful.  For more information call (618) 242-7016 or visit www.midwestlsashow.com.

 

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Mt. Vernon Fall Festival

This festival includes three full days of events, including refreshment tent, live entertainment with nationally known bands, a parade, carnival, huge children's area, car show, pumpkin contest, chili cook off, food and crafts vendors, and much more!  For vendor entry form, click here.  For parade entry form, click here.  Also check out the Mt. Vernon Airport for Balloons Over Mt. Vernon the same weekend, the Little Egypt Fly-in on Saturday, and downtown for DMDC Car Show & Cruise In @ Fall Fest.  For more information call (618) 242-3151 or visit www.mtvernonfallfest.com.

 

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Steel Guitar Show

The Southern Illinois Steel Guitar Show is an annual event put on by Southern Illinois Productions, a Not-for-profit Organization. The show features some of the best Steel Guitar players in the world as well as amateur players. Come to our next show and mingle with your favorite Steel Guitar players.  For more information call (618) 218-2517 or visit www.southernillinoisproductions.org.

 

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Centralia Balloon Fest

Located at Centralia Foundation Park, Rt. 161 East (East McCord St.) and North Pleasant Street with parking off of Gragg Street Road.  Includes hot Air Balloon races, balloon glows on Fri. and Sat. nights, main stage entertainment, free children's play area, craft fair, cardboard boat races, car display, lots of food and much more.  Hours are Friday 3:30 - 10:30 p.m.; Saturday 6 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.; Sunday 6 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.  For more information call (618) 532-6789 or visit www.centraliail.com.

 

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Wine & Art Festival at Rend Lake
The Wine & Art Festival features tasting of Illinois wine, presentations by Illinois artists, and entertainment by local musicians.  Specialty foods will be available to complement the wines you will be tasting.  Located at the Southern Illinois Artisans Shop right off I-57, exit 77.  For more information call (618) 629-2220 or visit
www.wineandartfestival.com.

 

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